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Obituary for James P. Conte Sr.

December 9, 1944 – July 18, 2023

James P. Conte Sr., 78, son of Peter and Sophie Conte, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 18, 2023.

James P. Conte Sr.
James P. Conte Sr.

James was born on Dec. 9, 1944, and was a lifelong resident of Racine. He retired from S.C. Johnson after 30+ years of employment. Preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Carol J. Conte, daughter Carrie Conte, and brother and sister-in-law Howard and Gloria Schilke.

James is survived by his sister, Suzanne Conte; children, Lisa (Jesse) Shick and Brian (Jennifer) Conte; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Alexandria, Isabella, Nicholas, Matthew, Megan, Melanie, Morgan, and Austin, along with his long time friend, Nancy, as well as other relatives and friends.

James was a collector of paintings by local artist Donald Vanderleest. Donald preserves the memories of local historical buildings including train stations and lighthouses, both of which James loved. James also enjoyed spending many hours outside gardening, performing lawn care and bird watching. He remained active until the end of his life.


Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa St., with Rev. John Roekle officiating. Family and friends may meet with the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to organizations that support lighthouse preservation and nature organizations.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Purath-Strand Funeral Home.

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