OBITUARY

Daniel Joseph Kostka

January 10, 1953January 15, 2012

Daniel Joseph Kostka, 59, much beloved father, grandfather, and brother passed away at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital on January 15, 2012. Preceding him in death are his parents Joseph John Kostka, Pauline Helen Kostka, and sister Sue-Lynne Kostka. He is survived by his sister Carol Lea Kostka-Rodenbaugh, daughters, Lisa Marie Kostka, Dina Lea Kostka-Chavez, Carly Kostka, Bri-Ann Sprague, Staci Sprague and his only son Daniel Joseph Kostka Jr. His children often referred to him as "The Greatest Man they've ever known". He has 9 amazing grandchildren, Zach, Drew, Jesse, Chase, Joey, Jace, Alexiss, Danielle, and Gabriella. Also survived by him is his lifelong best friend and business partner Rudy Rascon who was the brother he never had. He was born on January 10th, 1953 in Morris County, NJ and moved to the Valley in 1977. He is an avid Yankee fan and loved to visit New York City as often as possible. Sports and music were his favorite past times, most of all Smokey Robinson which was playing softly in the background as he peacefully departed. His laugh was contagious, his smile was heartwarming, and his love for his family completed his life. He will be deeply missed by everyone that has been graced with his presence. Special thanks to Anne Stanley for her devotion and love toward our father. In lieu of flowers please sign up as a donor in Daniel's honor.

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  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Oscar Ybarra Jr.

January 16, 2014

Sorry For Your Loss Lisa...R.I.P Mr.Danny Kostka..God Bless You..

March 8, 2013

Hello Daddy,

Just went to see the USA vs Mexico ballgame at Chase stadium.. Joe Torre is managing that team but of course I didn't get to see him. I was in the nose bleed section not like we were when the Yankees came to town.. I really wish you were here with me. We would've laughed so hard today, I sure could use some laughter in my life... I'm really tired so i will end this with "I love you daddy"... Goodnite

Dawn thomas

March 8, 2013

Danny, I gotta say it has been quite crazy since you left us. There isn't a day that you are not thought of or talked about in this household. I am honored to have been included in your life, you have touched so many people with your presence and one of a kind voice and laughter. You are definitely missed. Thank you for all your kindness. Keep your eye on Lisa, she still needs you. Ease her heart, only you can do that so we will all keep you in our prayers. Much love and respect to the man I call "Danny"

March 7, 2013

Daddy,

It's March 7, 2013...14 months after you left me. It feels like yesterday to me. I know I should probably try to move past this feeling of pure misery because I know you don't want me unhappy. I just wish we could go back to 2009 and celebrate Christmas together again, then new Years, etc. I would know what to do this time around, you wouldn't be able to trick me, I have so much knowledge now about this that i would have forced us into the transplant room and forced them to take half my liver and give it to you.. Not even sure if that would work but at least we would've tried something...I just love you so much and missing you even more every single day... I will write to you every day in this book, maybe it will make me feel better.. I love you..

carol rodenbaugh

February 15, 2012

Danny, it's one month today since you left us and it hurts just as much today as it did then. I really miss you and think about you everyday. I'm having a hard time dealing with the fact that I won't see you anymore, or hear your voice. I wish things could have been different. I love you so much and don't know how to cope with the fact that you're gone too. I think about our discussion about the "black hole" and I know in my heart that it's not a place that I want to go but, sometimes it's hard. Even though I have my family here, I still feel alone sometimes...like my whole family is gone. I know that i'll see you again someday, but it's all the years in between that will be hard. Just know that there was never a day that I didn't love you my "little brother". Be Happy with Mom, Dad, and Susie and I know you're watching over us...i'll love you forever....Cackle

February 14, 2012

Daddy....we miss you so much. Tomorrow will be 1 month since you left. Hurts as much as the day we lost you. Gabi and her big brothers miss their grampa more and more every day. We love you. Dee

Laura Spier

January 23, 2012

The Kostka Family - My deepest condolences for your loss. You are all in my prayers. May a new blessed journey begin for your loved one.

Sincerely, Laura Spier

Chris Johnson

January 23, 2012

I had the great pleasure of meeting Danny and worked with him. I can't say enough words about a great man that would always go out of his way to help you. I wish his family the best in the moment of saddness.

Carol Rodenbaugh

January 21, 2012

To My Beautiful Baby Brother, as I made my journey from Arizona back to N.J. my thoughts went back to our childhood and all the years since. We had a wonderful childhood thanks to our parents, and a lot of wonderful years in adulthood. We had a lot of good times, and some bad, but through it all my love for you never wavered. I didn't always like you, but there was never a day that I didn't love you.You had a special charisma about you that was matched only by your big smile and your way with people. You touched the heart of everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you. I always told you that you were my favorite brother and you would say that you were my only brother and I would tell you that if I had another brother you would still be my favorite. I love you more than you could possibly know and my heart aches knowing that I won't hear your gravily voice anymore,see your beautiful face, or hear "Hey Cacklebird,what's goin on?" I know you're with our parents and sister and although they're happy, my heart is breaking. There were no words left unsaid between us, so I have no regrets except for all the years we were cheated out of because you had to leave us. I'll see you on the other side little brother, and watch out for those "cone hummers"!! You will forever be in my heart, and always in my thoughts....love Cackle

Richard Cañez

January 20, 2012

Death has come to a good man. He was deserving of a lot more. Our Lord desided he needed him for a big construction job in Heaven, and there is where Danny boy is headed. No job to small or to big for Danny. I'll miss my Compadre very much. One day Danny,we will meet, laugh and drink our Scotch. Until then my Friend, Goodbye. To the Kostka family and Annie my heart goes out to you. One day it will get easier, but you'll never without him.

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