Thomas Vagnarelli

Thomas Gerald Vagnarelli, 73, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.

Thomas was born Jan. 23, 1940, in Keene, the son of Sarah “Sadie” (nee Brennan) and Frank Vagnarelli.

Tom, who lived most of his life in Saranac Lake, was pure joy to know. Quick to laugh and quick with a witty comment, he was a true gentleman and a devout Catholic. Tom loved life – his family and friends, music (especially Pavarotti and Lawrence Welk), good food, and the Yankees. He loved being an uncle to his many nieces and nephews, and he excelled in that role.

He is survived by his sister Adelaide V. Nadler of Keene Valley, formerly of Saranac Lake; sister-in-law Shirley Vagnarelli of Keene; nine nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Thomas was predeceased by his parents; his two brothers: Louis and Francis; foster brother Daniel McAuliffe; two sisters: Rita and Jane; a brother-in-law, Albert P. Nadler; and a nephew, Kurt Nadler.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be held at noon Monday, Feb. 18, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

Following the funeral Mass, a reception for those who knew Thomas will be held at Nonna Fina restaurant. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at