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William T. Kittler, 82

ADAMS, Mass. —  

Mr. William T. Kittler, 82, of Adams, died on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

He was born in Adams on December 13, 1938, the son of the late William and Anne (Browne) Kittler. He attended local schools and graduated from the former Adams Memorial High School, where he was a three-sport athlete and an All-American football player. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with High Honors from Michigan State University.

Mr. Kittler was proud to work his entire career for the General Electric Company in Pittsfield until retiring in 2001 as a high level financial manager. To begin his career, he was accepted into and completed the elite Financial Management Leadership Program, GE’s equivalent to earning a financial graduate degree. He was an honored member of the GE Elfun Society.

He was a communicant of the Parish of St. John Paul II, Adams, where he had been a volunteer and served on its finance committee. He was a longtime and proud member of the South Adams Savings Bank’s Board of Trustees, having served from 1990 until 2011, and a member of the finance committee and the Board of Investment. He was a charter member of the Adams Youth Center Board of Directors, long-time trustee and chair for the W.B. Plunkett Memorial Hospital Trust Fund, a member and chairman of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee, an elected member of the Adams Parks and Grounds Commission, and was a coach for the Adams Little League. He was long known and recognized for his commitment to the community, fairness on the issues, and integrity beyond reproach.

He is survived by the love of his life, the former Barbara A. Ciolkowski, whom he married on September 7, 1963; two sons, William Kittler and his wife Maureen of Pittsfield, and Robert Kittler and his wife Karla of New Hampshire; his daughter Lisa Schifilliti and her husband Roy of Needham, MA; and known as Papa to seven grandchildren, Megan, Molly, Abigail, Alexander and Katherine Kittler and Grace and Willa Schifilliti; and by special nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends he treated just as if they were his family. He is also survived by his beloved sisters- and brothers-in-law, and best friends Janice and Joseph Baran, and Paul and Judy Robarge. He was predeceased by his sister Patricia Goss and her husband and the older brother he never had, Ronald. “IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY!”

He was an avid golfer at the Stamford Valley Golf Course, a master photographer, and ever present at all his children and grandchildren’s meets, games and extracurricular activities.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at 12:00 Noon in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, Adams. Due to current restrictions, all attending must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. The family looks forward to seeing you for a big Bill Kittler bear hug at a celebration of life after COVID, time and date TBD.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 108 Summer St., Adams, MA 01220 or to the St. John Paul II Charity Center, P.O. Box 213, Adams, MA 01220.

The PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams, is in charge of arrangements.

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Dear Barb and family members,
Sad to hear the news, and just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and the wonderful husband and father you possessed. Needless to say, Bill was such a wonderful human being and, even through his health struggles he seemed always ready to managed a kind word and flashed a warm inviting friendly smile. If the world had more people like Bill what a more perfect and caring place this would be......Let us search to incorporate the strength and kindness shown by this fine man.
Vin and Margo Melito
from: Vincent & Margo Melitoon: 01-23-2021

Barb and family, Your Bill was such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and so much more to so many. He will be greatly missed. May God watch over you, comfort you and help you all through this very difficult time. With heartfelt sympathy and prayers. Donna LaBonte
from: Donna LaBonteon: 01-20-2021

Our deepest condolences to you barb Bill n Bob and their familys. So sorry for your loss. Prayers. Jackie n bill cote
from: Jacqueline & Bill coteon: 01-19-2021

Barb, and family, We are so sorry to read the passing of Bill. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.
Bill & Mary
from: Mary Whitmanon: 01-19-2021

I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man who impacted so many. My thoughts are with you all.
from: Jill Pompion: 01-19-2021

Mrs. Kittler and Family, I am sorry to hear of your husband's/father's passing. Praying for peace, comfort and strength for all of you.
from: Linda Hartmanon: 01-19-2021

Barb-I am so sorry for loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
from: Dot Wandreion: 01-19-2021

Bill was a kind and loving man who will be truly missed by us. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend who will never be forgotten. A true gentleman, always. Our sympathies to the entire family. Sending much love and prayers.
from: Jim and Carol Robinsonon: 01-19-2021

Barbara, So sorry to read of your Bill's passing. Sincere sympathy to you and your family.
from: jane bettion: 01-19-2021

No matter how many times I was told “Please, it’s Bill”, I would still respectfully call him Mr. Kittler. He always had a kind word said with a smile. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
from: Rick Tarsaon: 01-18-2021

Barb, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband.
Sincerely, Jennie Pierce
from: Jennie Pierceon: 01-18-2021

So very sorry Barb to read of Bill’s passing. My thoughts & prayers to you and your family.
Blessings, Heather Lemoine
from: Heather Lemoineon: 01-18-2021