Michael Robert Gurdineer
Michael Robert Gurdineer, 41, of Coopersburg, died Sept. 8, 2021, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was the husband of Melissa Gurdineer for 12 years.
Born in Middletown, N.Y., he was a son of Robert and Teresa (Weeden) Gurdineer of Westtown, N.Y.
He graduated high school from Minisink Valley Central Schools, Slate Hill, N.Y. He received his undergraduate degree from Moravian College and his graduate degree in secondary education from Mercy College in Westchester, N.Y.
He taught at Orange Ulster BOCES in Goshen, N.Y, at several Allentown School District Schools and at Northampton Area Middle School. He was certified to teach social studies, math and science.
He played football in high school and at Moravian College before starting coaching as a position coach for Highland Falls Varsity, Highland Falls, N.Y. From 2012 to 2019, he was varsity assistant line coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Southern Lehigh. During those years, he was the middle school head football coach, serving four seasons. In 2012, he founded the Spartan Touchdown Club supporting Southern Lehigh’s sports and running the spring flag football league. Starting with the 2021 season at NASD, he accepted and began the season as the varsity team’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by four children, Blaze, Colette, Olivia and Zoey; three siblings, Marion Spar and her husband Andre of Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Matthew and his wife Erin of Westtown, N.Y., and Marcus and his wife Emely of Hackettstown, N.J.; 11 nieces and nephews, Haylee, Ayva, Dylan, Aubrey, Payton, Nate, Madison, Lillian, Gwendolyn, Lilla and Mia; a father-in-law, Jeffrey Mertz; a brother-in-law, Justin Mertz of Coplay; grandparents, Frank and Lucy Reinhard of Bethlehem; and an aunt and uncle, Cheryl and Ardie McCue of Coopersburg.
Contributions can be made to the National Football Foundation, Lehigh Valley Chapter. Make checks payable to LVNFF and mail to Tony Cocca, 414 New York Ave., Whitehall, 18052.
A visitation will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the funeral home, 245 East Broad St., Bethlehem. The funeral service will be private.
Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc.