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Barbara A. Cove (Fontaine)

August 9, 1941 - December 28, 2022

Burial Date January 6, 2023

Barbara A. (Fontaine) Cove, 81, of Chicopee, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 in Mercy Medical Center. She was born in Chicopee on August 9, 1941 and was the daughter of the late Ernest and Mary (Cyran) Fontaine. Barbara was a communicant of Holy Name Church at Assumption. She was a graduate of Holy Name High School, Westfield State University. She received her master’s degree in Education from University of Conn. Barbara received a certificate of advanced graduate studies from Westfield State University. For thirty- nine years, Barbara taught or worked in the Chicopee Public Schools System. She taught as an elementary and special education teacher, was Principal of Patrick E. Bowe School, was Assistant Superintendent of Schools and finally, was the Superintendent of Schools for seven years. Barbara adored her family, was generous with her time, quietly made big differences for so many, and enjoyed her time at her beloved Cape house. She is survived by her husband of fifty- eight years, Gerald C. Cove; her son, Christopher Alan Cove and his wife, Joy of Longmeadow; her daughter, Caryn Malloy and her husband, Mark of Arlington; her brother, William Fontaine and his wife, Elizabeth of South Hadley and four grandsons, Ryan, John Charles, Harry and Gerald. Calling hours are on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 69 East St. in Chicopee from 4 to 7 pm. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be on Friday, January 6, 2023 at Holy Name Church 104 Springfield St. in Chicopee at 10:30 am. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name Church, 104 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA 01013.