Michael Gurdineer Obituary (2021) – Bethlehem, PA

Michael Robert Gurdineer, 41, of Coopersburg, PA, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown, PA. Mike’s presence among many will be missing forever. His family, friends, colleagues and community will remember him for his countless hours of dedication, dedication and love.

The eldest son of Robert and Teresa (Weeden) Gurdineer, he was born on December 30, 1979 at Horton Hospital, Middletown, NY. Mike graduated from Minisink Valley Central Schools, Slate Hill, NY, and received his bachelor’s degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and his degree in secondary education from Mercy College in Westchester, NY. He has taught at Orange Ulster BOCES in Goshen, NY, in several school districts of Allentown, PA, and currently in the Northhampton Area School District in Northhampton, PA. Mike was certified to teach social studies, math, and science.

He and the love of his life, Melissa, married on February 14, 2009 and joined a beautiful family including a son Blaze and daughters Colette, Olivia and Zoey. He leaves behind his parents, Robert and Teresa of Westtown, NY; Siblings: Marion Spar, her husband Andre and their children Haylee, Ayva, Dylan, Aubrey, Payton and Nate from Castleton-on-Hudson, NY; Matthew and his wife Erin and their children Madison, Lillian and Gwendolyn of Westtown, NY; Marcus and his wife Emely and their children Lilla and Mia of Hackettstown, NJ; Father-in-law Jeffrey Mertz and brother-in-law Justin Mertz of Coplay, PA; Grandparents Frank and Lucy Reinhard from Bethlehem, PA, and aunt and uncle, Cheryl and Ardie McCue from Coopersburg, PA.

Mike loved sports, especially soccer, played 4 years at Minisink Valley Varsity Football, 4 years D3 Football at Moravian College and began his training as a position coach for Highland Falls Varsity, Highland Falls, NY. From 2012 to 2019, Mike was Varsity Assistant Line Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Offensive Line Coach for Southern Lehigh, PA. During those years, Mike was the Middle School’s Head Football Coach and served four seasons. From the 2021 season in the Northhampton Area School District, Mike accepted and began her season as the Varsity Team’s Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. In 2012, Mike founded the Spartan Touchdown Club, which supports the sport of Southern Lehigh and runs its Spring Flag Football League. As the father of four children and a friend of many, Mike was involved in and supported various youth organizations.

Mike and Melissa joined our Gurdineer families and created unforgettable memories. Spend the last few years in your lake house in Wallenpaupack – fishing, boating, barbecuing, reading, playing games and watching movies. Every year on Thanksgiving weekend they held the Gurdineer Family Christmas in their home in Coopersburg, where all 24 Gurdineer family members were celebrated. Mike’s love of history went beyond teaching, and his love of family genealogy became a natural conversation at family gatherings. We will miss him and his love for life.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the National Football Foundation, Lehigh Valley Chapter. Please write checks on LVNFF and mail them to Tony Cocca, 414 New York Avenue, Whitehall, PA 18052.

A tour of the Connell Funeral Home, Inc., 245 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 will take place on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The funeral service will be private.

The family can express their condolences online at www.connellfuneral.com.

Posted by Morning Call on September 12, 2021.

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