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Gordon Kotinek

August 31, 1930 - February 23, 2022
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Gordon K. Kotinek, age 91, passed away peacefully next to his wife in his home in Beaver Dam on February 23, 2022. There will be a private Mass of Christian Burial and inurnment that will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Portage on a later date. Gordon Kenneth Kotinek was born in ThiefContinue Reading

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Bob Schoenwetter left a message on March 11, 2022:
Gordy was the kind of teacher, coach and friend who made everyone he met a better person. I was fortunate to have had so many wonderful BDHS mentors. He was special. My sympathy.
Mary Rawlsky left a message on March 6, 2022:
Thank you Gordy, for starting the Park and Rec tennis in Beaver Dam. It has fostered a lifetime of tennis for my sisters and I. We have made a living with these skills and continue to compete and enjoy the game to this day.
Sarah Knight Jaecks left a message on March 2, 2022:
So sorry to hear about the passing of this long ago friend of my family. I fondly remember the tennis lessons Mr. Kotinek gave me on the courts across the street from my elementary school--Washington Elementary. Tennis ultimately became a very popular sport in my family and taking lessons helped me at least understand the game if not able to play it very well. :-) Much comfort to your family -- Sarah Knight Jaecks
Mike Marthaler left a message on March 2, 2022:
My thoughts and prayers to the Kotinek family. I was very fortunate to be on the varsity tennis squad under Coach for all years at BDHS. He always had faith in me and my game. Coach was a great mentor not only on the court but for life. God Bless...
Bette Koch left a message on March 1, 2022:
So sorry to hear of Gordy's passing--lots of good memories of being neighbors and enjoying the lake--Gordy would take Freckles and Winston out to play on the ice -- such fun to watch--sincere sympathy to you, Ann, and all the family.

Bill and Bette Koch West Bend, WI
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Julia Rogers left a message on February 28, 2022:
I'm so sorry to read this. He was one of my favorite teachers! Great, fair man with a great sense of humor. Prayers for his family :(
Julia (Bord) Rogers
Greg & Julie Steil left a message on February 28, 2022:
Our deepest sympathies and prayers to Coach Kotinek's family. He was a great coach, teacher and friend. The development of a solid tennis program in Beaver Dam owes a lot to Coach and to you too, Ann! I am proud to say he was my coach and helped coach our daughters as well. If there are tennis courts in heaven, I'm sure he's playing or teaching Percentage Tennis! God's blessings to you Ann, Mark and Kathy.
Marilyn Hyland Lundberg left a message on February 28, 2022:
Sympathies to Ann and her family. Gordie was my history teacher at BDHS. Also I was probably one of the first persons to meet Kathy when she was born...I worked weekends at St. Joseph's hospital as a maid , when I was in high school, and was assigned to the OB floor , so I got a chance to know Ann and got to see darling baby Kathy in the nursery. I also babysat for Kathy several times , so felt a connection to them. I always think of Ann and Gordie as such loving, gentle, kind people. ....the kind of people you hope your own kids will grow up to be like, Gordie, I hope there is tennis in Heaven and that you are having some great matches.
Gary Neuman left a message on February 28, 2022:
Gordie was one of my teachers in high school. But, Gordie use to visit a neighbor of mine named Ga'Ga-Polish for Grandpa Selk. Gordie loved to learn about his life as Grandpa Selk was quite old at that time.I think he was 96. Why I think Gordie lived a long life too! God Bless wonderful memories.
Ted & Evelyn Meekma left a message on February 27, 2022:
Our deepest condolences to you and your family, Annie. We have such wonderful memories of Gordie, with you and your family, and especially our summer vacations, together, up at Silver Lake. Memories we can all treasure for a lifetime. Our kids, Ted, Patti and David, loved Gordies History Class, and coaching them in tennis. He was a wonderful man in so many ways, and his legacy will live on forever.
Virginia Harper Reineke left a message on February 27, 2022:
Mr. Kotinek was the best teacher I ever had! He taught us to think, analyze, and write. His assignments were creative and thought-provoking. He instilled a love for history which remains with me today. My thoughts are with you.
CYNTHIA MACK left a message on February 26, 2022:
I remember him well. He was one of the best teachers I had in school. My condolences to the family. He will be greatly missed by many.
Cynthia Mack. Beaver Dam, Feb. 26, 2022.
Jeffery Stotz left a message on February 26, 2022:
I remember Mr Kotinek fondly from my days as a high school student. Alot, in fact. He accidentally gave me the nickname that stuck with me for half my life. My condolences go out to his close friends and family.
Patti Fink left a message on February 26, 2022:
Anna (Annie) ~ My condolences to you and your family. Gordy was a great man and will be missed by many. Love and hugs ~ Patti
Don Carter left a message on February 26, 2022:
Great tennis coach - really fun playing for Coach- sincerest condolences to Ann, Kathy and Mark
Tad Greene left a message on February 26, 2022:
Gordie was a great Neughbor to us and the neighborhood. We could count on Gordie and Ann to to keep an eye on things when we were gone and even take care of our dog, too.
Venita Matheus left a message on February 25, 2022:
My beloved neighbor and tennis coach - you were such a positive influence in my life. You will be missed by so many kids (now adults). Ann and family please accept my condolences. Venita Ehlers Matheus
Chris Gall left a message on February 25, 2022:
My deepest condolences to the family. I have great memories of being a student of Gordie at BDHS circa 1982.his class was my favorite and he got me so interested in the Cold War period of history, especially the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. I read many books on that period of history due to his ability to ignite an interest in that period of history through his skills as an educator. He made history compelling for me. Godspeed Gordie!
Koepsell Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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