Michael Peter Zdenek, age 50 and a longtime resident of Chatham, N.J., passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022. Mike was the beloved husband of Carolyn (nee Lipkus) and devoted father of Kyle, his pride and joy, and Stanley, his adventurous black labrador.
Mike was a friend to everyone and never met a stranger he wouldn’t talk to. He would drop everything to help a friend in need. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, boating, and biking. His special place was Cape May, NJ where he proposed to and married Carolyn, and where he, Carolyn and Kyle visited frequently as a family. His greatest joy was spending time with Kyle, from riding electric mini-bikes, taking him to hit golf balls, or playing catch. Mike was a constant presence at Kyle’s various sporting and school events. Family and friends will miss his infectious laugh, his sense of humor, and his ability to turn every interaction into a party.
Mike was born in Trenton, NJ and raised in Hamilton, NJ where he graduated from Notre Dame High School. Mike completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology where he met his wife Carolyn. Mike and Carolyn completed their Masters of Business Administration together at Rutgers Business School. An accomplished engineer, Mike had a Professional Engineering license in multiple states. Mike was a long-time employee of HNTB where he developed his love for moveable bridges. He loved sharing his passion with others and even taught Kyle’s elementary school class to build bridges out of toothpicks and gumdrops.
Surviving Mike are his parents Peter and Madeline Zdenek, brothers Greg (Kim) Zdenek and Andy Zdenek, his sister-in-law Patty Green (Bill) and his brother-in-law Bill Lipkus (Valerie), and many loved nieces and nephews.
The family invites relatives and friends for a visitation on Monday, May 16, 2022, 4-8p.m. at Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham, N.J. A private funeral service and burial will be held on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Chatham Emergency Squad www.chathamemergencysquad.org, or the American Heart Association www.heart.org.