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Norman M. “Babe” Kiah

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A celebration of life will be held for Norman M. “Babe” Kiah, age 80, of Ogdensburg, on January 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus. All are welcome.  Arrangements are with Frary Funeral Home.  Mr. Kiah passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015, at RiverLedge health facility surrounded by his loving family members.  He suffered from a massive stroke on August 27, 2015.

Mr. Kiah is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Marlene (Nipe) Kiah; his seven loving children, Dixie L. Bertrand and her husband, Bruce, Richard D. Kiah and his companion, Katie, Danny J. Kiah and his wife, Arlene, Darlene J. O’Marah and her husband, Leslie, Douglas N. Kiah, and his wife, Vicky, Carrie M. Conant and her husband, Jimmy, and Marianne J. Ashlaw.  He is also survived by three sisters, MaryLou Schnacenberg, Anne Rufa, and Dorothy Spooner; seventeen grandchildren, Richard, Douglas, Kellen, Alan, James, Erin, Cody, Damien, Joey, Serria, Ayden, Heather, Jacob, Ethan, Brittney, Jamie, and Joel; six great grandchildren, Peighton, Kaylie, Kaleb, Mason, Zander, and Blake; and many nieces and nephews.  Norman was predeceased by his father, Joe, and mother, Helen; and two brothers, Joe and John “Jack”.

Norman was born in Ogdensburg on June 4, 1935, the son of Joseph and Helen Jarvis Kiah.  He was a steamfitter for 60 years.  He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1955.  He married the love of his life, Marlene Nipe, on February 4, 1956 at Notre Dame Church with Msgr. A. D. Charbonneau officiating.  He joined the steamfitters Local Union 117 in Watertown and later merged with Local Union 73 in Oswego.  He worked in schools, prisons, Alcoa, GM, hospitals and churches throughout his career.  He also worked on the Plattsburgh, New York missile base.  He was a member of the National Guard in the 1950’s and a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Babe was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and spending many hours in his shop woodworking.  He also enjoyed the casino every week.  He was a definite force to be reckoned with and had a way with getting what he wanted.  Norm enjoyed Nascar and camping.

Donations may be made in Norm’s memory to the Northern New York Junior Bass Masters in care of Community Bank, N.A.

16 Condolences

  • Laurie Petersen Posted December 26, 2015 6:34 PM

    Dixie, I heard about this today, and just wanted to say I am sorry for your loss. I hope our paths will cross one of these days. –Laurie Lind Petersen

  • Claudette Chateau Posted December 26, 2015 7:09 PM

    I very sorry for your loss. My Prayers are with you and your family

  • Andrew & Ramona Kennedy Posted December 26, 2015 7:35 PM

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Janice Sargent Posted December 26, 2015 7:56 PM

    We are so sorry to hear of Babes passing. We are on our way south and unable to attend his service but please know you are all in our prayers. Sincerely, Dick and Jan Sargent

  • Dave & Lisa LaFave (Lakeland, FL) Posted December 26, 2015 9:28 PM

    Dixie, no one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that your Daddy is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Give your Mom my deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. May you walk with the Lord and find comfort and peace at your difficult time.

  • tim durand Posted December 26, 2015 11:07 PM

    dixie sorry to hear of your dad’s passing thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  • Mary And Ron Conant Posted December 27, 2015 6:55 AM

    Sorry to hear that Babe has passed thoughts and prayers to you all. He was a wonderful person he loved you all. I know that each of you have great memories to cherish of Babe.

  • Jake Bouchey and Family Posted December 27, 2015 7:07 AM

    Thoughts and prayers to the family, may all your memories keep him forever in your heart. RIP Babe.

  • Jim Brabant Posted December 27, 2015 8:26 AM

    REST In peace, Babe, I worked for you on many jobs. It was always a pleasure, you were always fair and understanding and never backing down from anything, and stood up for the men working for you. A great person, Jim Brabant. Clayton ny

  • Judith Benson Posted December 27, 2015 9:05 AM

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts with you Marlene, and the family and may Babe Rest in Peace.

  • Kim Voska Posted December 27, 2015 11:03 AM

    Dixie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad leaves a wonderful legacy of family and love. May God’s love bring you peace and know that so many people care.

  • Michele Whalen Posted December 27, 2015 8:08 PM

    Dar, I am so sorry to read of Babe’s passing. The last time I saw him was with you at the nursing home when I was heading up to visit Rose. That was the last time I saw her too. Sadness all around. We will be out of town on the 9th so I am unable to attend the celebration. Please know I am thinking of you all. Monk

  • Lori & Pat Hackett Posted December 28, 2015 7:36 AM

    We were very sorry to hear of Babe’s passing…our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kiah family.

  • Pete Baltradis Posted December 28, 2015 3:44 PM

    To Richard and the entire Kiah Family, I pass along my sincere condolences. May God be with you!

  • Jim and Connie Ott Posted December 28, 2015 7:17 PM

    Jim and I extend our condolences to the Kiah family on the loss of “Babe”. His passing leaves a definite emptiness for so many, but he certainly left behind a great legacy in his wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Karen Ann Morley Harris Posted December 30, 2015 7:37 PM

    To the entire Kiah Family- My Deepest Sympathy To You All !!! I have known most of you for most of my life and am so very sorry for your loss!! May he rest in peace! I don’t know if I can make the service above but will try–God Bless You All!!!! He had a very full life that is for sure—-Peace, Karen A. Morley Harris

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