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Rebecca (Becky) Kittredge

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Rebecca (Becky) Kittredge Obituary
Kittredge, Rebecca (Becky)

Rebecca Ann Kittredge died on August 25, 2013, at her home in Armonk after a short illness. The former North Castle deputy supervisor and town councilwoman was 69 years old. Becky was born on November 15, 1943, to Ellis and Lucille Answorth Kittredge. She attended elementary school in Armonk and graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1962. After graduating high school, Becky attended Berkeley Secretarial School in White Plains. During the Vietnam War years (from 1968-1969), Becky was involved with the youth group at the Armonk Methodist Church, where she led a peace march around downtown Armonk. In the late 1960's, she marched in Harlem during the Civil Rights movement. Becky began working at the White Plains School District in 1964. She then left New York briefly for a job at Bermuda Aviation, located at the United States Air Force Base in Bermuda. When her father became ill, Becky returned to New York and to the White Plains School District; she eventually became an administrator and contract negotiator there and later became the administrator in charge of the classified staff. She retired in 2011 after 37 years of dedication to the White Plains School District. In 1975, Becky began attending North Castle's Town Board meetings. They called her "Madame Defarge" (the name refers to the knitting fiend in "The Tale of Two Cities") because she always knitted during the meetings. After four years of attending Town Board meetings, Becky ran for office in 1979 on the Democratic ticket. She served her hometown with distinction for 32 years. During her tenure, she was appointed as deputy supervisor to long-time Town of North Castle Supervisor John A. Lombardi. Her responsibilities involved acting as Town Board liaison to the Police Department, Highway Department and the Beautification Committee. Recently, Becky helped answer phone calls, spending many nights at the Highway Department during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. When Becky used to buy lottery tickets, she said if she won millions, she would give a million toward building a new police station and two million for a new highway department building. Becky thought of all the town employees as her extended family. During her tenure on the North Castle Town Board, Becky was a guiding force in the thoughtful and responsible development of the Town of North Castle; the town transitioned from a group of three hamlets into a thriving and vital town under her guidance and leadership. Becky retired in 2011. While she may have retired from public service, she certainly didn't retire from public life. She served with distinction on the Board of Directors of the North Castle Historical Society for more than 20 years. She will be remembered by the local school children as "The Butter Lady" during the annual Smith's Tavern Colonial Crafts Day. Becky was the unofficial ambassador of North Castle's Zero Waste Day, where she personally welcomed neighbors who arrived to drop off items for recycling. An active volunteer at the Armonk Lions Club's annual Fol-de-Rol and the Friends of the North Castle Library's Armonk Outdoor Art Show, Becky was also involved in the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration and orchestrated the town's first anniversary observation of the 9 11 terrorist attacks on America. In 2012, Becky was the recipient of the Pat Bresha Award for Distinguished Community Service given by the Armonk Lions Club at a dinner held in her honor; several years earlier, she had been the guest of honor at a dinner held by the Armonk Rotary Club, which recognized her contributions to the Town of North Castle. Most recently, Becky served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Frosty, the group that sponsors the annual Armonk Frosty Day to honor Armonk as the hometown of Frosty the Snowman. She was an integral force in gaining the support of the town to have that distinction. She cherished escorting Frosty as he paraded down Armonk's Main Street to the cheers and smiles of hundreds of children. When Becky was not on the golf course, she was a generous hostess and her door was always open. She was a lifelong Democrat and had an extensive collection of Americana memorabilia. Becky married Marino Rotondo Jr. on April 26, 1992, at Kings Wood Estate, which was located at the time on Route 120 in North Castle. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, her sister, Judy Kittredge, and her uncle, Harold C. Crittenden. Becky is survived by two children, her son Peter Marino Rotondo of Alexandra, Virginia, and Frances Michelle Rotondo of Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as by three grandchildren: Isabella Sorano, Zachary Rotondo and Alaina Rotondo. She is also survived by her beloved Old English Sheepdog Jenny, and by hundreds of friends. A viewing will be held at the Hawthorne Funeral Home on Wednesday and Thursday, August 28 and 29, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. A service in Becky's honor will take place on the steps of the North Castle Town Hall on Friday, August 30 at 10 a.m. with a private interment at All Souls Cemetery in Pleasantville.


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Published in the The Journal News on Aug. 27, 2013
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