OBITUARY

George S. Kerestes

March 17, 1952April 25, 2021

On Sunday, April 25, 2021, George Stephen Kerestes Sr. passed away at the age of 69 after a long battle with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. George was born to George and Peggy (Belcher) Kerestes in Mansfield, Ohio on March 17, 1952, St. Patrick’s Day.

He was a graduate of Madison High School and Nova Southeastern University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Management. A Vietnam era veteran, George served in the US Army from 1970 to 1973 at bases in Alaska and Korea. He was intelligent and quite the computer programmer-analyst. His career spanned over 35 years working at International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT), McDonnell Douglas, Coopers & Lybrand, Fox Electronics, PivotPoint, MAPICS, Tensolite and finally retired in 2016 as Director of Information Systems from Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. His career took him throughout the United States, England and China. In retirement, he consulted for the Denmark Group specializing in SAP Implementations. He also was an active volunteer with SCORE, serving as Brevard County Chapter Chairperson from 2016 to 2018 and Co-Chair from 2018 to 2019.

George enjoyed sports including his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. He earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1985 and won 2 national championships. He appreciated all genres of music and liked to sing karaoke. He was an avid golfer, gourmet chef and loved to cruise and travel with the love of his life, soulmate, partner and wife, Karla.

George was preceded in death by his father George and son Michael. He is survived by his wife Karla Micka, son George Stephen Jr. (wife Alison), daughter Angela (husband Bill Adams), stepson Troy Micka, mother, Peggy Kerestes, brothers Jim and Jay, sister Susan, and five grandchildren: Bryce and Jack Adams, Michael and Hailey Kerestes and George Stephen Kerestes III.

A memorial service celebrating George’s life will be held at 12:30 PM Saturday May 15, 2021 at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial. A traditional Irish Wake will be held from 1:00 PM until 4:00PM Sunday, May 16, 2021 at the Oasis Lounge (300 Ocean Avenue in Melbourne Beach).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the BARTCH Transplant House.

Services

16 May

Traditional Irish Wake

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Oasis Lounge

300 Ocean Avenue
Melbourne Beach, Florida

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Garry Kyle

May 15, 2021

I worked with George for about 8-9 years at FMP. Great guy alway funny. I enjoyed that time greatly.

Beth Mann

May 15, 2021

Chris & I were thrilled to know George and to know him as Karla's loving husband and partner. We will remember his bright wit and humor, his patience, his broad knowledge of the world and especially his deep and abiding love for Karla. He was a true gentleman and we know he will be missed by his many family and friends. Much love-- beth & chris

JP Hare

May 15, 2021

I so enjoyed every contact with my son-in-law Steve’s father. He was such a joy to visit with and talk to. Enthusiastic, positive and uniquely experienced in fields any chemistry teacher would find intriguing. This talented man has a varied and colorful history of professional experiences throughout his career that, sad to say, I was only able to touch on in our family encounters. He and I could have spent hours discussing chemistry, engineering, new technology - I am going to miss that man.

Melissa Given

May 13, 2021

George was a special person to Chris and I, to think of words to share here that would express what my mind and heart feels for the memories I had with him has been hard to bring to paper.
He was always supportive, caring & funny as hell. I thought we shared that sense of humor! I tried to make him laugh any chance I could and even when I didn't think I was even being funny. He was always looking after us all during the many work trips near & far. He taught us all so much over the years I will never forget those memories and that knowledge he shared, it was priceless. To be friends with both George was an honor, one in which I hope will continue with Karla for many years to come. You will be missed by us both!

Naren Shah

May 6, 2021

George has left such a strong and vivid personification among all of us at SCORE [Service Corp of Retrained Executives] and he will never be forgotten. Several years ago, he joined SCORE when the chapter was in crisis to be closed down due to lack of leadership slate. George stepped in and left all his consulting tasks on side and volunteered his valuable time, in addition to his technical and personal skills. He revitalized Brevard chapter helping hundreds of small businesses in the county. When his term was to end, Karla stepped in and brought even further skills promoting diversity and singular focus on our mission. Team has done great things for local chapter and we are indebted to their valuable time and skills. George is always in our memories and it is impossible to forget him. Karla, be strong and continue fulfil his dream. I will not be able to join the funeral but will continue thinking of George and his infectious smile.
Naren Shah

P Susan Kerestes

May 3, 2021

My larger than Life Brother
Myself and younger brother, Jim, were like little ducklings following him around everywhere he went...
He was my rock more than he ever knew... I loved him with all my being!!
He will never be away, he is in my heart forevermore!!!

Nora Garza

May 2, 2021

George loved to read and I received some of my best read recommendations from him. That is the memory I will carry with me. A great loss to all.

Michael Fontana

April 30, 2021

George was one of my dearest work colleagues and friends. I will never forget the time he hosted me ovenight in Saint Louis so we could attend a baseball game between the Cardinals, and my home town New York Mets. Great time! And we worked together closely for eight years. Good friends are hard to lose.

Anita DePentu

April 30, 2021

To the family of George and his soulmate, Karla. It was a pleasure to know George. He was always smiling or telling a great story of Karla and trips they had made over the years. God Bless all .
I can't be there, but will pray for healing to encompass the whole family and Karla, especially.

Love.
Anita

Lieann Andrew

April 30, 2021

I only met George a couple of years ago whilst he was working for Carlisle in England with the SAP Implementation Team, a lovely, funny and kind man who touched my heart & we remained in touch via LinkedIn & chatted regularly on FB. He had promised me he was going to come back over and visit one day while on his travels with his wife Karla, sadly not to be now. But I feel privilidged & honoured to have met you George, you fought long and hard but when it's time, I'm afraid it's time. May you now Rest in Peace x x x