ANDOVER – Kathy L. Wittie, 66, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (January 4, 2023) at Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center following a lengthy illness.
Kathy was born on September 26, 1956 in Sacramento, Calif. to Ramond and Sylvia J. (Hurd) Hunt. She was a 1974 graduate of Saddleback High School in Santa Anna, Calif. On November 21, 1986, at the Andover Rod and Gun Club, she married Karl R. “Knubby” Wittie, who predeceased her on January 2, 2007.
Kathy worked in the office alongside her husband in the family construction business, KW Industries.
Kathy is survived by two sons, Kyle Wittie (Stephanie) of Dubois, Pa. and Kolton Wittie of Andover; a step-daughter, Karla McCardle (Patrick) of Baden, Switzerland; one sister, Kimberly Herr (Dennis) of Wellsville; her step-mother, Linda Boundy (David); a step-sister, Darcy Shutt (Carson); a brother-in-law, Marty Wittie (Charlotte); a sister-in-law, Deanna Ross; eight grandchildren, Thorin Wittie, Rowan Wittie, Aislinn Wittie, Kinsley Wittie, Ryan McCardle (Lauren), Tessa McCardle, Chloe McCardle and Kealan McCardle; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Gary Hunt; a step-brother, Lars Lamphier and two brothers-in-law, Mark Wittie and Steven Wittie.
Kathy was the life of every party. She was unbelievably loving, never judging, always welcoming to everyone she met. She took in troubled kids and made them feel welcome. If there was a birthday party, Christmas party, baby shower, graduation party, Kathy was the one planning it. She was everyone’s friend.
Kathy had many loves. She loved frisbee golf, camping, boating and traveling. She loved to dance and play euchre. Kathy loved to eat, but she wanted it cooked well and she loved a variety of cuisine. Two years ago, in the midst of her sickness, she and several friends flew to Maine to enjoy four days of fine dining of lobster tails and oysters. It was Kathy’s way of leaving memories with those that were special to her.
Kathy’s other loves were her family and Andover. She was her children’s Number 1 Fan Club. She made all the ball games and other activities in their lives. She also volunteered her time on the Andover Haunted House Committee and Andover Fourth of July Committee. For years she hosted Bible studies in her home.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers at Highland Park.
Visitation will be held on Sunday (January 8) from 2-4 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Christian Mattison of the Andover Presbyterian Church officiating. Following cremation, her ashes will be laid to rest beside her husband in Valley Brook Cemetery in Andover on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Kathy’s name may be made to the Andover Historical Society, 11 East Greenwood Street, Andover, NY 14806. © 2023 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.
Karl R. “Knubby” Wittie
November 22, 1945 – January 2, 2007
ANDOVER – Karl R. “Knubby” Wittie, 61, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday (Jan. 2, 2007) at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Wittie was born on Nov. 22, 1945 in Wellsville to Richard P. and Neva B. (Yocham) Wittie. He was a 1964 graduate of Andover Central School and later graduated from Alfred Agricultural & Technical College. On Nov. 21, 1986, in Andover, he married Kathy L. Hunt, who survives.
Karl served in the United States Navy from 1964 – 1968. Later, he founded KW Industries, specializing in commercial contracting for the past 40 years.
In addition to his wife and mother, Karl is survived by a daughter, Karla (Patrick) McArdle of Andover; two sons, Kyle Wittie and Kolton Wittie, also of Andover; four grandchildren, Ryan McArdle, Tessa McArdle, Chloe McArdle and Kealan McArdle; a sister, Deanna Ross of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Martin (Charlotte) Wittie of Andover; four nephews, Landis Wittie, Jamal Ross, Shama Ross and Brandon Trowbridge; two nieces, Pamela Kniffin and Kristine Herr; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
In addition to his father, he was predeceased by two brothers, Steven Wittie and Mark Wittie.
Knubby enjoyed golfing, boating and camping. He was an active and faithful member of the Wellsville Bible Church. Always civic minded, he was an Andover Village Board Trustee from 1979 – 2001 and also served as Andover’s Mayor from 1995 – 2001. He was a member and past president of the Andover Chamber of Commerce and worked diligently on Andover’s Main Street Committee. He was a lifetime member of the Andover American Legion. But above all these, he was a family man with a zest for life, who loved his wife, children and grandchildren very much.