In memory of
Rita J. (Letendre) Conte, 97, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon. Rita was born and raised in Springfield and lived in Agawam for most of her life. She was a charter member of the Agawam Basketball Parents Association and a notable face and supporter at a myriad of Agawam athletic events throughout her years as a parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent. She loved to support Agawam Athletics. Rita was a mainstay at the Agawam Bowl Ladies Tuesday Morning Bowling League. She enjoyed her weekly bowling and lunch outings, especially with close friend, Jean Sardella. Rita was also proud of her commitment to serving at the polls during local and federal elections each year. She was devoted to serving others in various areas throughout her long life; she truly emulated a giving heart that always acted in self-lessness. Rita was happiest when surrounded by her family. She was proudest of her three boys and their various accomplishments. She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren by taking them on shopping trips or during routine sleepovers. She was a spitfire that could make you laugh with her sly comments or silly songs and dances. Her home was “everyone’s home,” and she always welcomed people for an impromptu dinner, lunch, or holiday celebration. She loved being in her kitchen and enjoyed passing on the traditions of meals especially her homemade ravioli. She cultivated and emulated the epitome of a loving, caring, and kind soul, and her home was a place of solace and support for many. Her husband Joseph J. Conte died in 2013, after which they had celebrated 66 years of marriage together. She leaves her three sons, Joseph J. Conte Jr. and wife Bernadette of Mrytle Beach, South Carolina, Louis Conte, and John Conte, of Feeding Hills. Additionally, a sister, Audrey Guertin of Feeding Hills. Rita, or “Gram,” relished in her nine grandchildren: Mary, Joy, Amber, Nichole, Louis, Caitlyn, Andrea, Keeley, and Karla, as well as her eleven great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, Rita was predeceased by a brother Robert Letendre and her sisters, Sis Jones, Theresa Serra, and Irene Mazza. Rita was also loved by and leaves her second family, the staff at Heritage Hall North. The nurses and staff cared for Rita with grace and tenderness, and we are incredibly grateful to them, especially Rashanda, her closest companion. A comment from one of Rita’s caretakers: “Rita was Rita to the end!” We expected nothing less. A private funeral will be held at the Agawam Curran-Jones Funeral Home followed by burial in the Massachusetts Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. For more details, please visit curranjones.com . Memorial contributions may be made to Agawam High School Athletics, 760 Cooper Street, Agawam MA, 01001.
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