Rochester, NY: On March 14, 2023, Kathryn Ann Conte took on wings and became free from the pain and suffering of Parkinson’s disease.
Born on February 25, 1948 into a family that fostered artistic creativity, Kathryn embraced the arts at an early age. During her lifetime this passion was expressed through many mediums including music (piano and singing) dancing, painting, silk screening, sewing, ceramics, photography, knitting, beading and finally culminating in the fiber arts – particularly quilting. Kathryn, a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy HS (1966) went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in the arts from Nazareth College (1970) as well as a Master’s degree in education. She taught art at the elementary and high school levels and was instrumental in bringing the arts to the Raleigh Durham, NC. community.
Kathryn is predeceased by her mother and father Sadie (Liebert) and Joseph Conte. She will be dearly missed by her surviving husband Raoul LeFebvre – children, Benjamin Aitken (Heidi), Claire Aitken (Matt), Moriah LeFebvre, Raven LeFebvre and Rainer LeFebvre – grandchildren Sarah, Hannah, Gavin and Garrett – brothers and sister, Donald Conte (Rosanna), Joseph Conte (Maria) and Mary Manuel (Garry) – many nieces, nephews, cousins and faithful, lifelong friend, Kate Weisskopf.
We are very grateful to the staff at St. John’s Home who cared for Kathryn in her last year of life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations:
Michael J Fox Foundation
St. John’s Home, Rochester, NY
Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women’s Heidi Liebert Fine ’96 Memorial Scholarship Fund, Rochester, NY
It is so hard to loose someone but also so hard to see them suffering and in pain. Keeping you all close at heart during this trying time….
Berni and Chuck
You know our fam sends all of your fam the deepest condolences and wishes for peace and wonderful comforting memories as time goes by. It is so hard to lose a beloved family member, and there is a special difficulty saying goodbye to a beloved life-long sibling. Sending you much love, warmth and many hugs and kisses. Elaine, Bill, Luke, and Reenie
I still recall fondly, the kindness and warmth expressed by O and Kathryn when they welcomed me. May she rest peacefully. Love to all of you.
I enjoyed my many conversations with Kathryn about fabrics, colors, sewing methods and shortcuts while we both taught at Jordan High School in Durham. A very talented and sincere lady. So sorry to read of her death.