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.