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Charles Koester

Charles ( Chuck) Koester passed away quietly in his home on April 18 at the age of 91.
His brilliant career as an optical physicist and inventor was balanced by his love for his wife of 67 years, Millie, and their four children. After his retirement, Chuck took on a leadership role with Habitat for Humanity and spent countless hours tutoring children in Paterson.  A man of many talents, he played a variety of wind instruments, including the clarinet, saxophone and bassoon, and shared his musical gifts at West Side. 


Pat McGlade on April 23, 2020 1:48pm

Chuck was a gift to me and all who were privileged to visit with him. My monthly visits with Chuck and Millie were filled with smiles, whistling and wonderful stories of family, work and challenges. Chuck loved well and was so well loved. I am grateful to have known him and pray for Millie and the family as they learn to love him in a new way.

kathy koop on April 23, 2020 4:42pm

Chuck was a leading figure working with Youth Self Development (YSD) in Paterson when I first joined the group. His quiet, loving manner reached out to the kids as well as other tutors. I was sad to see him let go of his work with the students and saw less and less of him at West Side. Millie, you were always there caring for him and I was impressed by your continued devotion. May you feel God's peace in knowing that Chuck is at rest in the Lord.

Lisa Hahn on April 23, 2020 4:53pm

I'm sorry to learn of Chuck's passing. He was a sweet man with a lovely smile. We worked alongside him at Paterson Habitat for Humanity builds years ago. Peace to his family.

John Hahn on April 23, 2020 7:40pm

I remember Chuck recruiting volunteers for Habitat for Humanity during coffee hours. He was a bassoonist. I asked him about playing the grandfather in Peter & the Wolf. He was a gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Anonymous on April 23, 2020 8:00pm

Oh Millie and Family,
We are so so sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. We have many fond memories of West Side Bridge with you.
Love you and our prayers and sympathies are with you and your family.
Mary Beth and John Birchby

Carla Auld on April 23, 2020 9:33pm

I remember him....such a lovely person. So sorry for your loss.

Anne Deatly on April 23, 2020 9:38pm

I knew Chuck on a church committee at West Side. I admired him because of his generosity of spirit and the feeling of peace that he transmitted. He epitomized a true disciple who shared God's love.