Michael J. Gerstenberg, 63, of Bushkill Township, died Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township. He was born in Bethlehem on April 6, 1956 to the late Harry C. Sr. and Mary E. (Paulus) Gerstenberg. Mike was a school bus driver and custodian for the Saucon Valley School District, and previously was a landlord and employee with James River Paper. He was a member of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lower Saucon Township. Mike enjoyed volunteering as a fire policeman in Hellertown and Nazareth, volunteering for the food bank and visiting the senior center. He enjoyed car shows, carnivals, camping and socialization in general. He boasted about his kids and grandkids any chance he got, and would gladly have given the shirt off his back if anyone was in need.
Mike is survived by his girlfriend of 27 years: Alice L. Coughlin; children (the stooges): Amanda L. (Dave) Maino of San Ramon, Calif., Kassandre R. Coughlin (Duane Beller) of Freemansburg, Dustin E. (Angele) Coughlin of Nazareth and Jacob A. Gerstenberg of Nazareth; siblings: Rosemary (David Sr.) Myers of Bethlehem, Donna (Rick) Lohman of Burgaw, N.C., John Ashworth of Nazareth, Neil (Tracy) Ashworth of Easton, Michelle (Todd) Mendez of Palmerton, Harry “Spike” Furry of Palmerton and Billy Stolz of South Plainfield, N.J.; and grandchildren: Olivia and Zoe Maino, Crosby Coughlin, Lilly and Quinn Beller. Mike was predeceased by his brother: Harry C. Gerstenberg; and his parents and foster parents: John and Liz Jani, Edward and Jean Hess.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2019 at his church, 3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem. The service will be followed by refreshments at the church. Online expressions of sympathy and photos can be shared at www.heintzelmancares.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate your time or money to your local food bank.