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Kay Stitelman

April 14, 1940 — September 21, 2023

Albuquerque

Kay Masters Stitelman, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, passed away on September 21st, 2023. She was born on April 14th, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan to Nathalyea Clara Germain Masters and Alfred Gilbert Masters.

She was predeceased by her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins from Michigan. 

Kay is survived by her son, Andrew Stitelman and granddaughter Vivienne Stitelman, both from Denver, Colorado, and her good friends and caregivers. All will miss her very much. 

Kay attended Detroit elementary and middle schools and graduated from Southeastern High School. She then attended Wayne State University in Detroit for 4 years, majoring in English Literature and Spanish. Moving to New Mexico, she attended UNM and received her master's degree in English literature. Kay was a teacher for many years in several districts. Her latest position as a Special Education teacher with APS was one to which she was particularly devoted. She was active in the Greenbriar community where she last lived and was on their Board of Directors various times. 

Kay loved everything about nature. She enjoyed Albuquerque, especially in the fall with all the changing colors. She had a garden with beautiful flowers, birds, and trees. Kay was the ultimate "cat lady" as she had many pet cats during her years at Greenbriar. She also fostered two senior pets, one dog, and one cat for several years. Kay was a member of the group Prairie Dog Pals helping with their feeding, trapping, and relocating at several locations.

She loved classical music and watched PBS whenever she could. She was very proficient in Spanish and wrote eloquently in that language. 

Kay was Nana Kay to her much loved granddaughter and her wish was for everyone to love their families and pets as she did. 

No services are planned at this time. 

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