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Robert W. Kostek

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Robert William Kostek, 55, a resident of Bennington, died peacefully on Dec. 16, 2007, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bob was born in Bridgeport, Conn. on Aug. 18, 1952. He was the son of the late John J. and Ester A. (Matsonobich) Kostek. He grew up in Connecticut where he received his education and later started his family. Bob and his family relocated to Bennington in 1983 where he was employed by Miller Structures, United McGill and the Bennington Banner.

He recently retired as a result of his declining health.

Bob enjoyed working around his home and yard and he was an avid cook. He cherished his family and especially enjoyed traveling with them -- vacationing with them in England, Scotland and France and closer to home on Nantucket and in Rhode Island.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Paula (Briggs) Kostek of Bennington; his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Ricardo Garcia, and his grandson Oliver Garcia of New York, N.Y.; a brother, John Kostek of Milford, Conn.; sisters, Elizabeth Robertson of Stratford, Conn., Rosemary Kostek of Bridgeport, Conn., and Marion Buckley of West Palm Bay, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Michelle Swaller of Milford, Conn.; and mother and father in-law, Priscilla and Leo Pepin of Orange, Conn., as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son John J. Kostek, who died in 1998.

Funeral services for Bob will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Kostek family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 12 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Should friends desire, memorial gifts, in memory of Bob, may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center, in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send personal e-mail condolences to the family of Robert W. Kostek please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home.

Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 17, 2007
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