John Anthony Conarpe, Sr. of Catskill passed away in his sleep on Saturday January 19, at his home. He was 89. Born in Catskill on December 16, 1923 he was the son of the late Alexander and Theresa (Bondy) Conarpe. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII and was honorably discharged. He attended Union College in Schenectady and worked for the American Locomotive Company and General Electric. John was later a self-employed carpenter throughout the Catskill area for many years.
John is survived by his ex-wife Ellen Starmer of Burlington, NC, with whom he was still close. He is also survived by a daughter Alexis LaMere of Catskill who resided with him in his home with her husband Richard. His son John Conarpe Jr.and wife Wendi of Greensboro, NC, two sisters; Virginia Betke and her husband Henry, Terri Watson and her husband David. John is also survived by Millie Kappes who was raised as his sister who resides with her husband Donald. Also surviving are 2 granddaughters Cassandra Miller married to Tom Miller and Caitlyn LaMere who will all greatly miss him. He also leaves behind 2 great-grandchildren who he loved dearly Mackenzie and Logan Miller, as well as many other family and friends. John was pre-deceased by sisters Carol Garrett and Marie Grandall. John was a man of many talents and put pride in everything he did.