Kathleen E. Bristol
1951 - 2020
Bristol, Kathleen E. ALBANY Kathleen E. Bristol, 69, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, after contracting COVID-19 at the adult home where she resided. Kathy was a fun-loving, quirky, free spirit and she was feisty until the very end. Born in Saranac Lake on April 6, 1951, to Ralph and Janet Bristol, Kathy will always be remembered for her friendliness, her fondness for all creatures great and small and her undeniable love for her children and family. Whether stopping traffic to save a snapping turtle, boosting her daughter's spirits by decorating a Christmas tree with only household items, convincing her son to climb a tree to save abandoned raccoons, or even just telling one of her endlessly funny stories, Kathy was always up to something. A 1969 graduate of Saranac Lake High School, Kathy worked in Albany for some time and held various jobs in the Tri-Lakes Region. Her favorite job and the job she held before retiring, was driving bus for the Saranac Lake Adult Center. Kathy is survived by her son Jason Bristol (Lauren) of Albany; her daughter Danielle O'Rourke (Jack) of Brunswick; and her grandchildren, Cheyne, Devon, Hudson, Declan, Avery and McKenzie. She also leaves behind the two women who share her silliness and zest for life, her sisters, Nancy Bristol of Green Island and Laurie Harper (Kevin) of Troy. Kathy also has several nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her very much. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no services will be held. A party to celebrate her life will be held on a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in Kathy's name to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake.

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Published by Albany Times Union from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2020.
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i am so sorry! she was such a wonderful spirit....so kind. i remember nights sitting by the woodstove, eating chicken wings and talking all night! i remember celebrating the first day of spring-counting it down in the back yard...hiking across the trestle, leaving carrots and apples for the animals... you were one of a kind, kathy, and you were the best friend i ever , or will ever hope to, have. i know you are looking down on us, with all your pets gathered around you-sabelina, boomer, kaydee...you were such a special person with such a capacity for love.... always-whammers!
tammy (barlow) blake
December 27, 2020
I will miss you Ms. Bristol! You always made my day better! To your family I can’t imagine what it was and is like not to be able to be with your loved one all this time! I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that I Maria(I work in the kitchen at VMR) would make her any special meal or sandwich or breakfast I could. One day she wanted scrambled eggs. I shaped them into to a heart and sent a message to let her know I care and I love her! Truly I will miss a great soul! All my prayers to you the family. ❤
Maria Jedynak
November 29, 2020