George S. Resotka, 79, of Chester, NJ passed away on March 10, 2019 at home after a long illness, while listening to the music of his youth on the Buddy Holly channel. George was born on August 17, 1939 in Morristown, NJ to the late George and Eva (Demianycz) Resotka. George grew up in Whippany and moved to Chester in 1966. He worked for the US Post office for 36 years.
One of George's first passions was auto racing/NASCAR. In his younger years he loved to attend races with his Uncle Pete. George didn't travel a lot when he was young and became determined to see as much of the country as he could. He loved to drive his family across the country and didn't miss an opportunity to visit extended family members along the way. Words cannot convey how much he loved the mountains of Colorado and everything they had to offer. He left no stone unturned and visited every tourist destination and traveled to the highest peaks.
When George found a hobby he loved he made it his passion. When he rediscovered model trains from his childhood he became an avid collector which led to overflowing closets throughout his home. Even in his later years, he enjoyed train rides in Colorado. One year he took the train to Norfolk to meet his family on vacation. The train ride was probably the highlight of his vacation. He also loved to grow his vegetable garden and work on the landscape of his property from sun up to sun down. And most importantly, George always made sure his family had everything they needed.
George is survived by his beloved wife Teresa (Gondek) Resotka, daughters Linda Coleman and her husband Tod of Denville and Barbara Knowles of Mansfield Twp, brother John Resotka of Long Valley, mother-in-law Genevieve Gondek of Whippany. George's life became more fulfilled with the arrival of his grandchildren Brett, Jack, Kelli and Derek. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews that he loved dearly, Amy (Resotka) Zeier, Patrick and Jason Resotka, Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, and Joe Petrocco. He is predeceased by his brother Paul Resotka of Whippany.
George's Life Celebration will include a visitation on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 3PM – 7PM at the William J. Leber Funeral Home (908) 879-3090, 15 Furnace Rd. (corner of Rt. 206) Chester, NJ 07930. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday March 16, 2019 at 9:30AM at St. Lawrence RC Church in Chester. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven cemetery in East Hanover.
To show the family's appreciation for all of the support provided from the Chester Police Department, please make memorial donations to the Chester Police Department, 1 Parker Road, Chester, NJ 07930. These donations will be used to purchase a new defibrillator for the community.