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Kathryn ‘Kitty’ Bridget O’Keefe Nardiello

September 15, 2016
Lake Placid News

Kathryn Bridget O'Keefe Nardiello, "Kitty," died reluctantly at her home on Sept. 6, 2016. She was 81.

Kitty was born Aug. 16, 1935, in Glens Falls, the daughter of Francis Mary O'Keefe and Marion Bennett O'Keefe. She was raised in Hudson Falls, where she attended high school. In 1953, she attended St. Lawrence University, where she met her future husband Donald Anthony Nardiello.

Following the birth of their first child in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Kitty and Don made their home in Lake Placid, where they had three more children.

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In 1965, Don and Kitty purchased WIRD radio and began their nearly 40-year broadcasting career. Kitty was a huge supporter of her town. She was a member of the Joint Review Board for the town and village of Lake Placid for seven years. Kitty was an avid swimmer, tennis player and golfer.

Kitty was predeceased by her father and mother and her husband Donald. Survivors include her four children: Donald Anthony Nardiello Jr. and his wife and Kitty's "bonus" daughter Kate Stavenhagen of Lake Placid, Kathryn Christian Farfel (Douglas) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Timothy Francis Nardiello of Lake Placid and Bridget Maria Nardiello of Bristol, Vermont; and her nine grandchildren: Bridget Anne Farfel (David Suhre) and Michael Williams Farfel of Salt Lake City, Utah, Marisa Leigh Nardiello of Lake Placid, Mathew Francis Nardiello of Lake Placid, John Anthony Nardiello of Lake Placid, Grace Kathryn Nardiello of Lake Placid, James Wells Bennett Nardiello of Lake Placid, Juniper O'Keefe Butterfly Nardiello Smith and Francis McEnroe Nardiello Smith of Bristol, Vermont.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours. There will be a funeral held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. Friends wishing to remember Kitty should "do something kind for someone else." Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at



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