Westfield, Frederick, S. "Joe" Kareta, III, 22, of Buck Pond Rd., died on Saturday, August 28 in South Hadley. Born in Holyoke, September 14, 1987, he was the cherished son of Frederick, Jr. and Kathryn (Wise) Kareta of Westfield.
A graduate of Westfield High, Joe participated in numerous sports leagues and teams throughout his life. Additionally he was an avid snowboarder and loved riding his dirt bike with friends. He had just graduated from Westfield State College with a BS in Criminal Justice and had passed the Police Exam. He was also pursuing and had passed the first certification for becoming an EMT and was working to become a full-time firefighter. A valued employee to family at White Wing in South Hadley, Joe has worked there for the past 6 years, most recently in the capacity of assistant manager.
Besides his parents, he will be deeply missed by his sister Kerry of Boston, his aunt Connie Barre and Uncle Roger Barre of Belleville, IL, and aunt Karen Kareta of S. Hadley, along with his uncles Edward Wise of Hatfield, Ralph Wise and his wife Meredith of S. Hadley, and Dale Wise of Lowell. Additionally he leaves his aunt Maureen Ryan Wise of Northampton, his great uncle Frank Strzempko of S. Hadley and many other great aunts and uncles, and cousins, including Walter Pietras, Marilyn Sicotte, Kelly West, Jessica Ysursa, Becky Gibson, Ben Wise, Jamie Wise, and Caiti Wise.
Friends and family may gather at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. on Friday. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Mater Dolorosa Church followed by burial in the parish cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday, September 2 from 3:00- 7:00 p.m. at Beers and Story South Hadley Funeral Home, 646 Newton St. (Rt. 116).
For those wishing, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of Westfield, Inc., PO Box 382, Westfield, MA 01086-0382 (for the benefit of others pursuing a career in Criminal Justice). Please visit www.beersandstory.com to sign the online guestbook.
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