Obituary of Francis L. Kitlas
Francis L. "Hank" Kitlas, 1927-2019
Whitesboro, New York
Mr. Francis L. "Hank" Kitlas, age 91, of Whitesboro, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, in the comfort of his home.
He was born in Utica, on December 1, 1927 a son of the late Lucien Kitlas. Hank was raised and educated in local schools and graduated from T.R. Proctor High School. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Kitlas was married to the former Maryann Kusienski on April 30, 1955 in St. Stanislaus Church in Utica. The couple shared a loving union of over fifty-seven years prior to Mrs. Kitlas's passing on January 28, 2012.
Mr. Kitlas was a salesperson for the R.H. Donnelley Corporation in Syracuse for many years prior to his retirement. His memberships include, the Knights of Columbus and the New Hartford American Legion Post #1376. He also built his own camp on Kayuta Lake in which family and friends enjoyed for many years.
Hank was a selfless man who always put the needs of others before his own; he was humble and kind, and was an excellent role model for his family and many friends. Hank enjoyed skiing and patiently taught many adults and children the sport.
Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Chris Primarolo of Whitesboro and Marybeth and Ted Kondzielawa of Sauquoit; a son, Paul Kitlas of Whitesboro; eight grandchildren, Lauren, Jay, Lindsay, Teddy, Alex, Jenna, Katie, and Alison; a great-granddaughter, Emma; and a sister, Theresa Jadlowski of New York Mills. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Kitlas of FL. He was preceded in death by a son Jeffrey Kitlas and a brother Albert Kitlas.
Visitation will be held on Saturday evening, October 26, 2019 from 5-6 at the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, 284 Main Street, New York Mills, NY 13417.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service and celebration of life immediately following visitation at 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will take place in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Whitestown at the convenience of the family with military honors.
Please consider memorial contributions in Francis's memory to, Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Hank's family wishes to extend their heart-felt thanks to Alexis Arabia and the entire staff of, Hospice & Palliative Care especially Irene, for the loving care and compassion that was shown to Hank throughout his illness.
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