Published in the October 26, 2018 edition

READING — Alyssa Rose Conte, 29, full of life and a strong young woman, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Reading surrounded by the love of her family.

Alyssa was born on September 15, 1989 in Winchester, the daughter of David W. and Janice M. (Corso) Conte. She was raised and educated in Melrose and Wakefield, before graduating from Woburn High School. Alyssa lived a full and wonderful life while facing the challenges of cerebral palsy with strength, determination and an enduring positive spirit.

Through health challenges, Alyssa remained strong and independent. She was full of hope and optimism, and gave of herself to others unconditionally. She was outgoing, loved children, and had the innate ability to connect with people of all ages. Alyssa brought hope, happiness and inspiration to others by the way she lived.

Confident and full of energy, Alyssa participated in numerous sporting events, and competed in the Special Olympics for many years. Not one to watch from the sidelines, she enjoyed horseback riding, ice-skating, track and field, and playing softball. A sports fan, she also enjoyed attending Bruins and Red Sox games with her Dad and friends. Later in life, Alyssa benefited greatly from the day programs in Wakefield at EMARC and American Training. With her family, Alyssa was also an active member of the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church.

Above all, family was most important to Alyssa. She deeply loved her parents, and was keenly aware of the foundation of care and support they provided. She cherished time spent with aunts, uncles and cousins, and looked forward to overnights with her grandparents in Revere to make “gravy and meatballs” for special Sunday dinners.

Alyssa packed more into life than many ever will. Through adversity, Alyssa’s strength, love, and positive outlook lifted up those around her. She will be deeply missed, but her joyful spirit will live on in those she has touched.

Alyssa’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for the tender support and care provided by the nurses and staff from VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Woburn.

Alyssa was the adored daughter of David W. Conte and Janice M. (Corso) Conte of Reading. Beloved granddaughter of the late Pasquale Conte, Theresa Conte, Joseph Corso, and Kathleen Corso. Loving niece of Kevin Corso and his wife Judy of Melrose, Patricia Marchant of Acton, Patrick Conte and his wife Lisa of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Nancy Claveau and her husband Paul of Danvers, and Steven Conte and his wife Laura of Amesbury. Cherished cousin of Christine Corso-LeDuc, Katie and her husband Joshua Shamberger, Rochelle and her husband Danny Rondon, Nadine Marchant, Alec Conte, Shannon Conte, Michael Claveau, Elizabeth Claveau, Michael Deary, and the late James Marchant.

Relatives and friends will gather in honor and remembrance of Alyssa’s life during visiting hours at the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church, 273 Vernon St., Wakefield on Tuesday, October 30 from 9 – 11 a.m., followed by her funeral service celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment in Wood End Cemetery, Reading. For directions, or online tribute visit