Kitchell, Edward T., 90, of Pompton Plains, NJ, passed away March 19, 2017.  He was born the son of the late Warren D. and Lucy (Daneski) Kitchell who resided in West Milford, NJ.  Edward is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Catherine (McKernan) Kitchell, children Karen (Gerald) Donahue of Elmira, NY, Edward of South Kingston, RI, Ellen of North Providence, RI, Jack (Susan) of West Milford, Patricia (Brett) Ashley of West Milford, Nancy (Tom) Ostrowski of Cornelius, NC, Renee (Albert) Kramer of West Milford, Michele (Richard) Buske of West Milford, Laurie Kitchell-Ryerson of West Milford, Diane Pizetoski of North Providence, RI, twenty-two grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his brother David, sisters Lucy, Ellen and Valeria and grandchildren Megan Buske and Nicholas Pizetoski. Edward graduated from Butler High School. He talked often of his early years in Pompton Plains and cited his horseback riding, hunting, fishing and trapping experiences.  He played football for Butler High School and was a member of the Plainsmen baseball team.  His love of baseball continued; playing softball with the Pompton Plains Men’s team for many years.  Immediately after high school, Ed served in World War II as a U. S. Navy SeaBee stationed in the Philippines.  After the war ended, Ed attended William and Mary College before joining the family construction business. After his discharge Ed met the love of his life, Catherine. They were married in 1949. The couple resided first in Pompton Plains before moving to West Milford. Here Ed was instrumental in the construction of many homes and buildings. He was a noted wood artisan, sharing a millwright shop with his father; his legacy can be found predominantly throughout the community of Kitchell Lake. It was here that he and Catherine resided and raised their family. Ed was active in the community as a communicant of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and he also was elected to the West Milford Township School Board where he served as President.  At the time of their retirement Edward and Catherine relocated to South Jersey settling in Manahawkin.  He was an avid windsurfer and he spent many hours on the bay. From early spring to late fall Ed could often be found at Brant Beach rigging his sail. In the winter months, Ed enjoyed windsurfing the flat waters off Aruba. In recent years Ed and Catherine returned to Pompton Plains, NJ to be near family.  Edward will be remembered, by all those who knew him, as a true gentleman and friend. Friends may call at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford on Wednesday, March 22 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Funeral mass Thursday, 10:30 AM at St. Joseph’s Church, 454 Germantown Road, West Milford. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a remembrance in Edward's name to the charity of your choice.

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