Kirk Wardell

Calling Hours

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday, June 4, 2023
Michael E. Brown Funeral Services
2333 Fenner Road
Cazenovia, New York, United States

Memorial Contributions

Cazenovia Preservation Foundation; Cazenovia Lake Association; or Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY

Obituary of Kirk Wardell

Kirk Wardell, a beloved resident of Cazenovia, New York, passed away on May 26, 2023, at the age of 60 after a valiant battle against cancer. He was a free spirit who loved spending time with family and friends, sharing his love for music, woodworking, and the outdoors, especially boating, hunting, and hiking. He leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion as a cherished father, husband, brother, son, uncle, and friend. His infectious sense of humor, warm smile, and unwavering determination will always be remembered. Kirk's impact extended beyond his personal relationships. Having earned his degree in Electronic Engineering from Arizona State University, Kirk embarked on a successful career and became a dedicated advocate and mentor for the manufacturing and business community in Central NY. He was renowned for driving transformative results as President of Marquardt’s North American Headquarters and Manufacturing Plant in Cazenovia, NY, on various boards and organizations, including MACNY, TDO, CenterState CEO, and LeMoyne College, and most recently, as Vice President of Operations at Knowles Precision Devices. With over 30 years of experience, his commitment to innovation earned him an induction into MACNY’s Manufacturers Wall of Fame in 2018. Kirk is survived by his loving wife Kathryn Reilly Wardell, cherished daughter Emma Wardell, devoted mother Marcia Wardell, caring sister Michele Wardell McGovern, and supportive brother Lance Wardell. He is predeceased by his father Bruce Wardell and sister Lynne Wardell. During this difficult time, may his family and friends find solace in the memories they shared with Kirk, and may his spirit of optimism and dedication continue to guide and inspire all those whose lives he touched. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Michael E. Brown Funeral Services located at 2333 Fenner Road, Cazenovia, NY 13035. There will be a private Celebration of Life following calling hours. In lieu of flowers, please kindly consider donating to: Cazenovia Preservation Foundation; Cazenovia Lake Association; or Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY Condolences for the Wardell family may be left at
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