Jake Ian Kestler
December 3, 2004 – April 11, 2019
Jake Ian Kestler, beloved son, brother, grandson, friend and hero to all who knew him, passed peacefully on Thursday, April 11, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. Jake was surrounded by his loving family. Jake was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, a community that he loved and that embraced him. Jake survived a battle with Leukemia in 2012 after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his then 5 year old sister, Lily. Jake’s courage inspired the formation of Team Jake which raised more than $300,000 for rare cancer research.
Jake loved his family and friends more than anything. He loved adventures of all kinds and especially loved food and eating at different restaurants. Most of all, he loved life and lived it to the fullest despite battling two different cancers during his short life.
Jake’s parents will be forming a foundation in his honor called Trial Blazers for Kids which will raise money to fund innovative clinical trials for pediatric cancers.
Jake will be deeply missed by his loving family members, including his mother and father, Joshua and Gallite Kestler, his sister, Lily, his brother, Luke, his grandparents, Efraim and Lea Rajs, Judith and Marc Apirian and Dr. Anthony and Barbara Kestler.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 12, at 11:30am at Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, 68 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston. Interment will be Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Islein, N.J.
- Donations may be made to Temple B'nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ 07039, www.tbanj.org. Jake’s parents will be forming a foundation in his honor called Trial Blazers for Kids which will raise money to fund innovative clinical trials for pediatric cancers which will ultimately recieve the donations.
- Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
- Burial Friday, April 12, 2019
Jake Ian Kestler
April 17, 2019
I was Jake's Counselor and Group Leader for 3 summers at Camp Lokanda. Jake was truly the ideal camper; a counselors dream. He always had a smile on his face, and never once complained, even when we were going to an activity that wasn't his favorite. His energy and positive attitude were contagious .
It was always a joy and a pleasure being with Jake. I am absolutely heartbroken to learn about his passing. He will be sorely missed.
April 15, 2019
Sam and Jake shared two amazing summers. How we all wish there could be more.
All our love...
April 14, 2019
A better time at Peter Lugers, no way.
The best time had by all and boy, oh boy...we laughed so hard with Jake about the “Schlag”.
What we’d give to do this again.
April 12, 2019
The first day of fifth grade with Jake.