Joseph L. Kiah


(May 25, 1933---May 26, 1998)


Ogdensburg---Joseph L. Kiah, 65, of 404 Rensselaer Avenue, died Tuesday in the emergency room at Hepburn Medical Center after being stricken at his home.

Born May 25, 1933, in Ogdensburg, son of Joseph N. and Helen Jarvis Kiah, he graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1952. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict.

He married Mary K. "Kit" Fitzgibbon on September 1, 1956, at St. Mary's Cathedral, Ogdensburg, with the Rev. Herbert Hannan, cousin of the bride, officiating.

Mr. Kiah owned and operated Kiah Grocery Store in Ogdensburg, converting it to a liquor store in August 1984. He enjoyed his customers and friends, and spending time exchanging stories.

He was a member of the Notre Dame parish and loved and enjoyed his family.

Mr. Kiah is survived by his wife; five daughters, Mrs. Robert (Kathleen) Joeckel, Syracuse, Mrs. Thomas (Sue) LeBeau, Virginia Beach, Va., Mrs. Peter (Karen) O'Donnell, Buffalo, Mrs. Thomas (Connie) Dupre, Dale City, Va., and Mrs. Daniel (Peggy) Montgomery, Ogdensburg; three sisters, Mrs. Walter (Mary Lou) Schnackenberg, Pittsfield, Mass., Mrs. Ernest (Anne) Rufa and Dorothy Spooner, both of Ogdensburg; two brothers, John G. "Jack," Black Lake and Norman G. "Babe," Ogdensburg; 12 grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A daughter, Mary Elizabeth Kiah, died before him.

A prayer service will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday at McClellan Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church with the Rev. John M. Demo, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Notre Dame Church or to the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad.

(This obituary provided by Robert E. Reagan, Potsdam)