Stefan Andrè Kostiuk, MD, 57, of Oklahoma City, OK died peacefully on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at home with his family by his side. He was born in Athens, Greece on October 19, 1955 and adopted by Lt. Walter Kostiuk, retired OCPD, and his wife Muryle on April 22, 1956. Stefan attended Southeast High School until his senior year when his family moved to Harrah. He graduated from Harrah High School in 1973.
Stefan was a very gifted athlete during his Jr. and High School years. He won several state championships for wrestling and competed in the NCAA Wrestling matches in Mexico City during his freshman and sophomore years of HS. Over the years Stefan accumulated numerous awards for his baseball career while in Elementary, Jr. High and High School. He was an academic scholar throughout his educational career which enabled him to graduate from college and be accepted to medical school after three years.
Stefan attended Central state University in Edmond and was admitted to medical school in 1976. Stefan graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1980. He completed a residency in Family Medicine and became board certified in both Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He practiced in Oklahoma City from 1984-2002, at several emergency rooms and at the Oklahoma City Clinic. He was a gifted physician with an incredible amount of compassion and empathy for his patients. His co-workers and patients loved his kind and unassuming beside manner. Sadly, his medical career was cut short by chronic medical problems. Until the end, he cherished the memory of his patients and his contribution to their lives.
His hobbies included golf, which he played all over the United States at various tournaments. He loved cooking exotic dishes and was a big fan of the cooking Channel. He loved music, played the guitar, and was quite an audiophile.
Stefan Kostiuk, is survived by his brother Ed Kostiuk, wife Grace Pappan Dwight Kostiuk and step-daughter, Jordan Dwight. Stefan was preceded in death by his parents Lt. Walter, retired OCPD, and Muryle Kostiuk and sister Robin Rowe.
It is with deepest gratitude that we thank the St. Anthony’s family for their kindness and compassion, and the many friends who assisted us during this time. Special heartfelt appreciation and thanks to Stefan’s lifelong friends, Frank Hubble, Robert Hutchison, and Phillip Lindsey, M.D. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church located at 409 Boston St., Jones, OK. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Urkrainian Orthodox Cemetery located at NE 63rd. and Dobbs Rd. In Lieu of flowers, it is the family’s request that donations be made to A Chance to Change Foundation, 5228 Classen Cir., Oklahoma City, OK 73118.
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