Mark Edward Bestys

Jarmusz Cotton Funeral Home

Mark Edward Bestys

Penn Yan - Mark Edward Bestys, age 63, of Penn Yan, NY, passed away on August 24th, 2021 at the Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan.

Mark was born on August 27th, 1957 in Pt. Pleasant, NJ. He spent his childhood in Bricktown, NJ until 1971, when the family moved to a farm in Pompey, NY. In his younger days, Mark enjoyed hot rodding (once owning a rare 1969 Z28 Camaro show car), building engines and working on cars, fishing with his siblings, and helping on the family farm.

As an adult he lived briefly for a time in Virginia, before moving to Syracuse, NY. There he met his future wife, Jan, and had their first child, Kimberly. Years passed and the growing family moved from the city to the country of the Fingerlakes region near Keuka Lake, where he would spend the rest of his life. After settling down their second child, Michael, was born.

Mark was an avid woodworker, and used his skills to refinish and restore antique trunks. He loved astronomy and the beauty of looking up at the stars that fill the night sky, keeping books and posters with iconic pictures of galaxies and nebulae. He also enjoyed dealing in antiques, drawing, collecting coins and stamps, and watching movies. Among his favorites were The Three Stooges, Black Beauty, Abbott and Costello sketches, and Star Trek.

He was also a member of the local congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years.

Mark was predeceased by his younger brother, Paul Bestys, in 2019. He is survived by his wife, Jan Bestys; mother Theresa (Emmett) Everson; father Edward Bestys; sister Katherine Dukat; brother David (Amanda) Bestys; son Michael (Christie) Bestys; daughter Kimberly (Benjamin) Carpenter; granddaughter Ellie Bestys; several cousins in NJ; and nieces and nephews.

There are no plans for a public funeral at this time.

Posted online on September 02, 2021