Charles R. Kitchen Sr.
May 6, 2014
LONG LAKE--Charles R. Kitchen Sr., 72, of Kickerville Lane, died Tuesday morning, May 6, 2014 at his home with his loving family at his side following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Born May 30, 1941 at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, he was the son of the late William and Alice (Parker) Kitchen. He was a 1958 graduate of Johnstown High School where he was a member of the football team. He then attended Plattsburgh State University for two years where he played baseball and soccer.
On July 4, 1961 he married the love of his life, Brenda Bushey, at Our Lady of Victory Church, Plattsburgh. They moved from Keeseville to Long Lake in 1971. He constructed their home on Kickerville Lane (formerly known as Walker Road) with the help of his father and family in 1973.
Charles joined the NYSEG workforce as a lineman apprentice February 5, 1962. He was assigned to the Chief Line Mechanic role in November of 1969; Foreman B in 1971; and Foreman A in 1981. He retired from NYSEG as a Line Supervisor after 41 years of service on April 1, 2003.
Charles was active in the community, a trusted friend, generous neighbor, patriotic, and devoted family man who was tremendously proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a loyal son and steadfast brother and brother-in-law. He remained strong, courageous, witty and humorous, even in the face of adversity.
He was a dedicated member of Long Lake United Methodist Church where he had helped with the mowing, shoveling snow and painting the church. He was also a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Mount Sabattis Lodge No. 1015, where he had served as past master from 1976 to 1977, 32nd degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Albany, Fulton-Hamilton-Herkimer-Montgomery District, Order of the Eastern Star, Abenaque Chapter 745, a member of the Moonlighter’s Snowmobile Club, Cedar Lands Hunting Club, and Wakely Lodge Golf Club, Indian Lake.
Charles’ favorite pastimes included playing golf, hunting, socializing and vacationing with Brenda in Florida.
He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Marie Valachovic.
Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Brenda Kitchen, whom he loved deeply and completely; three children, Charles Kitchen Jr. and his wife Susan of Croton-on-Hudson, Jeffery Kitchen and his wife Deborah of Delmar, and Tammy Kitchen and her husband Chris Unger of Malta; seven grandchildren, Kathryne Kitchen, Steven Kitchen, Kevin Kitchen, Raeann Kitchen, Ryan Kitchen, Rebekah Kitchen and Ross Kitchen; two brothers, William Kitchen and his wife Sally of Johnstown and John Kitchen and his wife Barbara of Keeseville; one sister, Ruth Miller of Johnstown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends called Saturday at Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main St., Long Lake, where members of Mount Sabattis Lodge 1015, Free and Accepted Masons conducted a service at 12:30 p.m.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Long Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Carol Ames, pastor, and the Rev. Harold Austin officiating. Burial followed in Long Lake Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Charles’ memory may be directed to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield MA 00104-2396; Long Lake Rescue Squad Inc., POB 415, Newcomb Rd., Long Lake NY 12847; or the American Cancer Society, POB 7, East Syracuse NY 13057.
To express online condolences, please visit www.brewermillerfuneralhomes.com.
Donald W. Meissner
May 2, 2014
INDIAN LAKE--Donald W. Meissner, 88, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at The Stanton Nursing Home.
Born February 26, 1926 in New York City, he was the son of the late Kurt and Elsie (Clar) Meissner.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1944 until 1946 during World War II as part of the European Theatre.
Donald grew up in Ridgewood, N.J. In 1957 he started his own business, Forest Roofing Company, out of Glen Rock, N.J., which he retired from in 1985. Shortly after retiring, Donald and his wife Betty moved to Indian Lake.
He enjoyed spending time outdoors and spent many vacations at their camp on Lake Abanakee in Indian Lake. He loved classic cars, especially his Mustang.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Meissner of Queensbury; his brother, Kurt Meissner and his wife Kathy of North Carolina; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Ida Gagg of Indian Lake.
There were no calling hours. Arrangements were under the direction of Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Rd., Queensbury. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sbfuneralhome.com.