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Kris D. Marsala

November 8, 2018

Kris D. Marsala, 63, passed away at his home in Watertown on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 16, from 4 - 7 PM at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 17, at Glenwood Cemetery at 11 AM with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor of Holy Family Church, presiding. Following the graveside service, his family will receive friends for a celebration of his life at Garland City Beer Works from noon to 2 PM.

Kris was born in Watertown on May 18, 1955, son of Charles J. and Edith E. Ouderkirk Marsala. He was a 1973 graduate of Watertown High School and attended North Country Arts Center in Lake Placid. On August 30, 1987 he married Cynthia Swiernik on the Bonnie Bell in the St. Lawrence River with State Supreme Judge George Inglehart officiating. Cindy passed on December 8, 2001.

Before his marriage Kris was the host of Variety Tonight in Norwalk, CT in the mid-eighties. He returned to Watertown after marrying Cindy and from 2000 - 2006, he co-owned, with Chris Nichols, Square Ideas, an advertising and Web design company. Kris was the Marketing Director for Bad Boy Energy Drink. He then worked for Perfect Landing Media in video production, its industry publication, and its trade shows. Lately, he was self-employed, working as a copy writer, photographer, and videographer.

Kris served as a Watertown City Councilman from 1996 to 1997. He was a member of the Artist's Guild and the North Country Arts Guild, where he served as president from 2014 - 2016. He enjoyed music and played in the band, Impalas. Kris hosted Lewis County Relay for Life for 10 years. He also enjoyed writing poetry, pottery, painting, and photography.

He is survived by his mother, Edith E. Marsala, Watertown; two daughters, Cassandra L. Marsala, Delray Beach, FL and Isabelle M. Marsala, Buffalo; grandson, Kreighton J. King; significant other, Kaiti A. Glynn, Clayton; brother, David G. Marsala and wife, Debra R., Watertown; sister, Diane L. Brennan and husband, David P., Williamsville; uncle, Frank Beck, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Charles, July 3, 2010, and brother, Greg A. Marsala, June 30, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, his family would like donations in his name to American Cancer Society, earmarked for Lewis County Relay for Life, 6725 Lyons St., East Syracuse, NY 13057. Online condolences to Kris' family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#13 Cathy E Spargo 2018-11-17 10:03
Please accept my sincere condolences
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#12 Cynthia Swiernik 2018-11-16 13:00
Alex and I are saddened to learn of Kris's passing.
We always enjoyed our visits with him.
Please accept our sincere sympathy.

Alex & Cindy Swiernik
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#11 Ann Phillips 2018-11-15 10:14
The Phillips Family and so many others at the River & from our days with Kris at Holy Family School mourn his loss. We all send heartfelt condolences to the Marsala Family. God Bless.
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#10 Vinny Sparacino 2018-11-14 19:46
Debbie, Dave, Diane, & Dave

I am so sorry for your loss of Kris, my prayers and sympathies are for you all!
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#9 Elizabeth & Bruce Sm 2018-11-13 14:38
We are sorry to hear about Kris. We knew him through the NCAG and the wonderful contribution he made to that organization. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of Kris' family.
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#8 Bruce Goodnough 2018-11-13 10:13
Kris will be greatly missed. He was an asset to the community and a lot of fun to be with.
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#7 Paul Carbone 2018-11-13 09:57
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Paul & Lydia
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#6 Leonard Strife 2018-11-12 22:21
Our prayers go out to the Kris Family. He will be missed greatly at the Lewis County Relay For Life. Kris made a point to get everybody involved and stand up against cancer. He was a great guy! God Bless You All!' We are all sad to hear this news from the ALPHA TEAM.
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#5 ALPHA TEAM-Lowville 2018-11-12 22:09
Prayers go out to all of you to the Kris Family. He will be missed greatly especially at the Lewis County Relay For Life. Kris knew how to get everybody involved in the Relay For Life. He was a great guy! God Bless You All!
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#4 Teri-Gene Conlin 2018-11-12 14:06
I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing, condolensces to you Izzy and your entire family. I remember Kris as a kind gentleman. He always took time to say hello and have a conversation with not only me and Curt, but with our children also. He was always so welcoming to Emily and Erinn when they were at the house, they were mentioning it the other day when we heard the news. This is never an easy time for a family, but know there are many who are praying for you. Your Mom and Dad are together again and will watch over you. We love you so much Miss Izzy, our door is always open for you.
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