KURT E. GSTEIGER
Born in Switzerland on Apr. 6, 1927.
Departed on Feb. 14, 2017 in West Melbourne.
||Sat. Feb 18th 2017 at 2pm
Buena Vida Chapel
, West Melbourne, FL
KURT E. GSTEIGER, died unexpectedly on February 14, 2017 at Buena Vida Estates. He was born in Twann, Canton Bern, Switzerland on April 6, 1927, the oldest son of Otto and Hanni Gsteiger. Educated in Switzerland, he graduated with a degree in physics from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH). After graduation, he began a career in the watch and later semiconductor industries. During this time he also completed officer training and was an officer in the Swiss Air Force Reserves. He married Hanna Kappeler on July 4, 1953 and they had three children. In 1960 the family emigrated to the United States where he continued his career in research semiconductor electronics. Hanna and Kurt moved to Indialantic in 1974, when Kurt took a job working for Harris Semiconductor, in Melbourne, where he stayed until his retirement. After retirement he taught briefly at the Florida Institute of Technology. After the family's move to the Space Coast, he became active in the Swiss American Society of Central Florida , and together with his wife, were founding members of the Brevard Chamber Music Society. He eventually served as president for the Society. He was an avid fisherman, classical and jazz music lover and computer tinkerer. He is survived by his brother Manfred Gsteiger of Neuchatel, Switzerland, Urs Gsteiger and his wife Darcy of Johnson City Tennessee, Eve Duddy and her husband John of Capistrano Beach, California and Yvonne Gsteiger and her husband Jim Alves of Tallahassee. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alex Duddy, Erin Duddy, Marcie Gsteiger-Cox and Camille Gsteiger-Cox. The family wishes to express its deepest thanks to the residents and staff of Buena Vida Estates, where Kurt resided in a caring atmosphere for six years. A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of Buena Vida Estates on Saturday February 18 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that donations be made in his name to the Union of Concerned Scientists or the Buena Vida Foundation.