Kathleen Kudela

Obituary of Kathleen L. Kudela

Kathleen L. (Kienlen) Kudela, 75, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New Ulm, Minnesota on February 14, 1946 to Robert and Darlene (Hawlish) Kienlen. Kathie, as she was known to family and friends, graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in 1968 with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts Education. Her travels brought her to Niagara Falls, NY where she met her husband, Walter, and settled into life here as an art teacher. After a short time selling real estate, Kathie followed her passion of art and became instrumental in the saving of the old NFHS and its development into the NACC, where she has dedicated the past two decades as their Executive Director. The NACC became her home away from home, with staff and friends becoming family. Kathie's positive outlook and kind nature were felt by everyone she came into contact with. She always found the good in everyone, continuing to carry the "Minnesota Nice" with her. Kathie found great joy in gardening, and loved spending time with her two granddaughters. In addition to her husband, Walter, Kathie will be lovingly missed by her son, Matthew (Tracy) Kudela, and granddaughters Natalie and Gracelyn. She is also survived by many friends and extended family. Kathie will be deeply missed by dear friends Lou Townsend and Elaine Meranto. She was predeceased by her son, Michael. Visitation will be held at ZAJAC FUNERAL HOME INC., 319 24th St, Niagara Falls, NY on Friday, March 19th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Kathie's final resting place will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest in a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NACC, 1201 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14301, in Kathie's memory. Visit zajacfuneralhomeinc.com for online condolences
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Friday
19
March

Visitation

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, March 19, 2021
Zajac Funeral Home Inc.
319 24th Street
Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Friday
19
March

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 19, 2021
Zajac Funeral Home Inc.
319 24th Street
Niagara Falls, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

Holy Trinity Cemetery
5401 Roberts Avenue
Lewiston, New York, United States