RINDGE - Stephen M. Kottke, 21, of Old New Ipswich Road in Rindge, died Nov. 5, 2012, in Greer, S.C., as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident.
He was born Feb. 7, 1991, in Keene, son of Stephen L. and Paige (Burns) Kottke.
He was a 2009 graduate of Conant High School in Jaffrey and also attended Franklin Pierce University in Rindge.
He was a life long resident of Rindge until moving to Greer this past August with his best friend Tyler Derousi in order pursue a new career. Stephen had enjoyed working with his friends Cody and Cooper Gordon at Gordon Service for a period of time and had also worked for United Water in Jaffrey. Presently he was working with Tyler Derousi and Andy Jones employed with Gray Gold Concrete in Greer.
Stephen loved baseball and had played for three years on the Conant High School varsity team. He enjoyed out door activities like snow-mobileing and hunting. He was known for his quick wit and huge sense of humor. He was frequently known to break out in a song. Stephen most enjoyed the time he spent with family and friends.
He is survived by his parents of Rindge; his two brothers, James B. Kottke and Timothy A. Kottke, both of Rindge; his maternal grandparents, Helen and Richard Burns, of Rindge; his paternal grandmother, Molly Kottke, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his step-grandmother, Cheryl Kottke, of Fitzwilliam; his three uncles, Richard Burns Jr. and his wife, Roberta, of Boston, Mass., Kenneth Kottke of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Andrew Kottke of the U.S. Bahamas; his two aunts, Stephanie Burns-Leary and her husband, Pat, of Hancock and Mary Christina Devine of Richmond; and several cousins and many close friends. Stephen was godfather to Mia Burns of Boston.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Thomas F. Kottke, on Sept. 8, 2008, and his uncle, Thomas F. Kottke Jr., on Nov. 30, 2003.
Family and friends will honor and celebrate Stephen's life by gathering for calling hours at the Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River St., Jaffrey, today from 4 to 7 p.m.
Private funeral services and burial in Hillside Cemetery on Goddard Road in Rindge will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, Stephen's memory may be honored with a contribution to The Stephen C. Record Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 14, Jaffrey 03452.
To view an online memorial, send a condolence to Stephen's family or for more information, visit www.cournoyerfh.com.