Joseph Carl Conte Sr.
1945 - 2021
BORN
1945
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Kane Funeral Home Inc
25 Catoonah St
Ridgefield, CT
Joseph Carl Conte Sr.
Joseph Carl Conte Sr., age 76, of Bethel, CT, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 28, 2021 with his loving wife Linda (Knapp) Conte by his side.
Joseph was born in Norwalk, CT on February 24, 1945, the son of the late Carl and Madeline (Schiano) Conte. Joe grew up in South Norwalk surrounded by loving family and friends and enjoyed reminiscing at family reunions, sharing treasured memories about the fun times and mischievous antics he and his cousins enjoyed. Being raised in a traditional Italian neighborhood was a treasured memory for Joe which contributed greatly to the hard-working, ethical man that he was. Joe was enthusiastic about life and put 100 percent into everything he endeavored. He put himself through Central Catholic High School in Norwalk, CT and was captain of the football team. He graduated from Central Catholic High in 1963 and joined the Air Force, serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War as a flight engineer on C-130s. Joe was passionate about serving his country, enjoyed discussing his military life and travels, but most importantly, was a proud veteran. He was honorably discharged in 1967.
Joe and his beloved wife, Linda were residents of Bethel for the past 35 years. He was an entrepreneur and a jack of all trades. He worked at Sikorsky Aircraft after his service in the Air Force, was owner for years of Ridgefield Sanitation, opened Ridgefield Fitness Center in the mid 1980's and worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in Ridgefield, CT for 16 years as chauffeur to the US CEO and other executives. In 1995, Joe left Boehringer and opened his own car transportation service and for the past 26 years enjoyed driving his customers, many who became close personal friends. Joe and Linda enjoyed their home, traveling and their newest addition to their family, Abby, their miniature schnauzer. They also enjoyed doing many house projects and gardening together. Joe took after his dad who was a stonemason and it seemed he was always finding room for another wall to build on his property. One of Joe's greatest pleasures was speaking to his children every day and enjoying vacations and outings with his children and grandchildren.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 33 years, Linda (Knapp) Conte; his children: Theresa Ann Sadowski and her husband, Ron; and his son Joseph Carl Conte Jr. and his wife, Nicole. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren who he thoroughly enjoyed and was so proud of: Ariana, Emily and Jessica Conte and Bryan Sadowski. Joe is also survived by his siblings: Gennaro Conte and wife Darleen, Alberta Weigl and husband Walter, and Carol Saikowski, along with several loving cousins, nieces, nephews and predeceased aunts and uncles. On Joe's wife's side he is survived by his mother-in-law Elizabeth (Betty) Knapp and several brother and sisters-in-law: Marc Knapp and wife Linda Wright-Knapp, Edward Knapp and wife Lydia, Richard Knapp and partner Michael Jensen, Andrew Knapp and wife Diane, Brenda (Knapp) MacMillan and husband Douglas, Elizabeth Knapp-Perry and husband Bruce, as well as several loving nieces and nephews. Joe was also predeceased by his father-in-law Richard Knapp Sr. and brother-in-law Thomas Knapp.
If ever there was a message from Joe to his friends and family he would want you all to embrace life, enjoy the little things, keep an eye on the weather reports, debate the news and be grateful for every day. He was truly an exceptional man and will be missed dearly.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Mary, 26 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel. A private burial will follow. Facial coverings are required at the visitation and funeral mass. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, 38 South Street, Bethel, CT 06801 and/or the Bethel Police Department, 12 Judd Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801. To leave a condolence for the family or view the funeral mass livestream, please visit www.jowdykanefuneralhome.com


Published by The Hour & Danbury News Times on May 31, 2021.
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To the Conte family I was a year behind Joe at CCHS and played football with Joe. Sorry for your loss, I have Joe and the Conte family on my prayer list. Joe was a special kind of guy Jim O'Connor
James O'Connor
June 28, 2021
In the first grade at St. Joseph's School I sat next to Joe and I struggled in learning to write my name. He took my hand and outline the letters and I learned to write my name. Even at 6 years old he showed kindness. RIP
Neil mahoney
Friend
June 6, 2021
In the first grade at St. Joseph's School, Joe helped me learn to write my name by holding my hand and outlining the letters. His kindness showed even at 6 years old. RIP
Neil Mahoney
Friend
June 6, 2021
Linda, I'm so sorry for your loss. Joe was such a wonderful man.
Janet Gallotello
Acquaintance
June 4, 2021
Joe was my idol growing up. I wanted to be like him. I even made the varsity football teams as a Freshman at CCHS as a pulling guard because that was the position Joe played. I was 3 years behind him at CCHS. He served in Viet Nam in the Air Force. I served there in the Navy. I left CT when I was 18 and only returned occasionally to visit family, so I didn't get to see Joe but a few times after we all grew up. But he will always be my hero. As many have described him, Joe was a "good guy" who will be missed. May God bless you Joe as well as your family.
Ritt Schiano
Ritt Schiano
Family
June 3, 2021
Susanne Settineri
June 2, 2021
The Conte Family:

Please accept my sincere condolences. Joe was a fellow classmate at CCHS and the Class of 1963. I had good fortune of talking to Joe at length at our last class reunion a couple years ago. I’ll always remember him as a classmate and a friend in high school.
Robert Chakar
Classmate
June 1, 2021
Joe was a wonderful guy, always cheery, always with a good word. We knew him and liked him, and we had many good times with Joe and Linda. We will miss you very much, Joe.

Love and Sympathy
Jeff and Michel
Jeffrey Duggan
Friend
June 1, 2021
A Great Person And one our favorite people to come to our Store, will miss our conversations. we are so sorry for your loss.

Tom's Paint And Wallpaper Tom and Steven and Hunter

June 1, 2021
Joe was a man of great passion and energy. He will be missed very much. It was my pleasure to know you. Peace be with you
Steve Brown
Friend
June 1, 2021
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of childrento leave the world a better placeto know even one life may breathe easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rest in Peace Joe

My deepest condolences
to the Conte family.

Susan Senecal
Susan Senecal
Friend
May 31, 2021
Linda,
Joe was a great guy to know who was always as lighthearted or deeply compassionate as our many conversations demanded. Joe will always be with us for your shoulders to lean on.
George Feisthamel
Friend
May 31, 2021
Linda, I’m just so stunned and saddened by this incredibly sad news. Joe was truly the salt of the earth and you were so perfect for each other. And I can’t believe I’m writing this in the past tense. Peace and Love, dear friend.
Wendee Nussle
Friend
May 31, 2021
I have great memories of Joe’s patience and sense of humor. A gentle easygoing man with utmost integrity. Sincere condolences to you Linda and your family.
Lee Miller
Friend
May 31, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Be thou at peace Brave Warrior
Lydia & Ed Knapp
Family
May 31, 2021
A part of my childhood and Danbury’s Karen Road. I will always remember your generosity, sense of humor and your daily walks up and down the street. Sending love to your family.
Sue Hickey McNerney
Friend
May 31, 2021
Linda and family,
Joe was such a gentle soul. He was one of the best of men. He will be missed by so many. Our hearts go out to you with much love
John, Diane & Kasey
Diane Whelton
Friend
May 31, 2021
God be with you dear Joe and peace and love to you Linda.
Leah Neumaier
Friend
May 31, 2021
Linda and Family,
My heartfelt condolences to all of you and the many friends who will miss Joe. Joe was one of the most caring individuals and always willing to give a hand when he could. He was truly one of the “good ones” and it was a privilege to call him a friend.
Judy Kolt
Friend
May 31, 2021
Dear Linda and family,
Claudio and I are so very sorry. There are just no words express our sympathy. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Sincerely,
Claudio & Doreen Diiorio
Diiorio
Friend
May 30, 2021
Will keep fond memories of our childhood together. Rest in peace Joey
Jack and Darlene Andronaco
Family
May 30, 2021
Will keep fond memories of our childhood. Rest in peace Joey.
Jack and Darlene Andronaco
Family
May 30, 2021
Joe,we muss you and we will always remember you.
Lots of love,
Silke and Werner
Werner Gerstenberg
Friend
May 30, 2021
Linda and family we are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers.
Linda & Pete Gillotti
May 30, 2021
I only met Joe a few times but learned what a kind thoughtful man he was. He drove me to JFK for my first solo plane trip - plus I have a fear of flying . Joe made me feel so safe and comfortable. And told me exactly what to do. What kindness he showed me.
Gone way too soon. May your memories bring you comfort in this difficult time.
Pege Payne
Acquaintance
May 30, 2021
A warm, kind friend. Always thinking of others. We treasure the many memories and good times with him.
Ann Trinkaus
Friend
May 29, 2021
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