Joe Conte

Obituary of Joe Conte

Joseph V. Conte, 86, of 114 Morgan Lane, Oneida, died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Oneida Health Extended Care Facility where he had been a resident since July 29, 2019. Joe was born on July 2, 1934, in Ballston Spa, the son of Frank V. and Philomena MacCardy Conte. He had been a resident of Oneida since 1959 moving here from Amsterdam. He was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School, class of 1951. On July 30, 1955, Joe married Marianne Atanasoff in St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa. For 34 years, Joe was employed as a bus driver for the Oneida City School District. He retired in 1999. Joe had also been employed as a tool and die maker at General Electric and he had also been a orthodontic lab tech for Great Lakes Orthodontic in Buffalo. Joe was a member of St. Patrick’s Church where he had served as an usher for many years, and he also served on the bereavement team for funerals. He was an Honorary Life Member of the E. Bart Hanifin Council #473 Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Edward A. McDowell Assembly Fourth Degree Knights and was a member of the Color Corps that served at many parades and confirmations. Joe loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter and especially loved the time he spent teaching his children and grandchildren about hunting and fishing. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marianne; his four children, Christine Conte, of Oneida, Joseph (Cheryl) Conte, of Murray, KY, Claudia (Henry) Kulik, Jr., of Westminster, MA and Julie (Ronald) Valesky Koelsch, of Canastota; eight grandchildren, Rachael, Daniel, Sarah Kulick, Cara Conte, Brittany Hoskins, Brian, Nathan, and Steven Valesky; two sisters, Maria Murray, of Chittenango and Theresa (David) Halverson, of Clifton Park. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brother-in-law, John “Jack” Murray. The family would like to thank the staff of Oneida Health ECF for the care and compassion shown to Joe during his stay especially during the pandemic when they were not allowed to visit. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday April 24, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Church, 347 Main St., Oneida, at 10:00 AM where the Rev. Richard J. Kapral will officiate. Interment will take place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held 4-7 PM Friday at the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc. 342 Main Street Oneida. The membership of the Knights of Columbus are invited to a prayer service at 3:45 PM for their departed brother. Covid 19 protocols are still being enforced and the funeral home staff respectively asks you to wear a facial covering and maintain social distancing. Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of St. Patrick’s Church, 347 Main Street, Oneida, NY, 13421. You may view obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.ironsidefuneralhome.com. Here is the link to watch the livestream of his funeral Mass https://www.facebook.com/groups/1118786845132944
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Friday
23
April

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, April 23, 2021
Ironside Funeral Home Inc
342 Main Street
Oneida, New York, United States
(315) 363-2978
Saturday
24
April

Service

10:00 am
Saturday, April 24, 2021
St. Patrick's Church
347 Main Street
Oneida, New York, United States