Therese Cote

Therese C. Cote

October 2, 1927 - July 17, 2020
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Therese Cecile Cote, 92 of Pittsfield, MA, died July 17, 2020 at Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility. She had been living in the family homestead since her birth. Born in Pittsfield, MA on October 2, 1927, she was the daughter of Marie Dina Pichette and Fred Jean Cote.
She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School, class of 1945 and received her R.N. from St. Luke’s School of Nursing; her B.A. degree from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, ME and her Master’s in Human Technology from the American International College in Springfield, MA.
She was an active member of the former Notre Dame Church, served on its Parish Council as President and was a member of St. Anne’s Guild. Now as a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, she is a member of the Rosary Sodality and an “associate” of the Daughter’s of the Holy Spirit in Putnam, CT.
Her 38 year career in nursing was with General Electric Company, retiring as Supervisor of Nurses. She served as a member of the National Red Cross Disaster Teams, did field work and was part of the Mental Health Team responding to disasters across the country.
Family was foremost in her life, especially her youngest brother, Abbie, who was born with Downs Syndrome. The bond that was developed between them was beyond words. She volunteered for the Special Olympics at both summer and winter games held in the Berkshires.
She loved music, winning the International Barbershop Quartette Competition in 1969 as part of the “Pinker-Tones”, with her two sisters and a dear friend.
For years, children in the neighborhood knew her as the “Lollipop Lady.” She loved Mozart, gardening, bringing communion to the elderly, parades, fireworks, and above all, ice cream, any flavor, anytime, anywhere.
She is survived by her brother, Alfred Cote of Pittsfield and was dearly cherished by family and friends, especially several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, who all brought great joy to her life. She is predeceased by her siblings, Eva M. Cote, George R. Cote, Adele L. Ostrander, Julie M. Beals, Oliver J. Cote, Cecile Keyes Mix, and Albert C. Cote.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held, THURSDAY, July 23, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, con celebrated by Rev. Frank Lawlor, Administrator and Rev. Peter A. Gregory, Pastor Emeritus of St. Charles Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St, Pittsfield. In accordance with her wishes and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Sacred Heart Church or to a charity of your choice in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    July 23, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    July 23, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Dery Funeral Home
    54 Bradford Street
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Service

    July 23, 2020 | 11:00am
    July 23, 2020 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Church
    191 Elm Street
    Pittsfield, MA 01201
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  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Pecks Road
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Debbie Burke

Posted at 10:12am
I met Theresa when I arrived at GE Ordnance in 1984, and continued to see her from time to while I worked at GE, and then around the community. I admired her devotion to her patients, especially through her Red Cross work. I loved seeing her from time to time, and taking a moment to bask in her warmth and smile. She was a wonderful person and a good role model. I's sure your loss feels great, and hope your memories are wonderful.

Pj Morris

Posted at 05:23pm
We I’ll miss you. You have always been an important part of our lives. Glad we got to share the boys baseball among a lot of other memories with you. There are so many things I want to say.....but importantly is that I will miss you and thanks for all the fun we had together. ThanKs for being you. Forever in my heart

Elise Ostrander

Posted at 02:16pm
Dear Aunt Tess - We will miss you very much - you have been such a wonderful and joyous part of our lives. Fun at the lake, backyard family barbecues, the Pinkertones and all the wonderful music. And mostly being the strong woman you always were and showing us that was Okay.

Elise, PJ,Gary, Zach & Cody

Posted at 01:05pm
Aunt Tess - You have a special place in our hearts forever. We'll miss you
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