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Charlene Marie Conrad
Charlene Marie (Santee) Conrad, age 81, of Metamora, Ohio, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, August 27, 2016, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the beloved wife of Duane Conrad, who survives. The couple would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this December.
Charlene was born March 5, 1935 to the late Stanley and Rosemary (Wright) Santee. Besides being a full-time mother to 5 sons, she was employed by Evergreen Local Schools for 35 years in the food service department. She was known to hundreds of students as the “Cafeteria Lady”. Much of her life was devoted to Evergreen where she also served as a union representative, elementary student mentor, classroom helper, music booster, FFA volunteer, and anywhere else she could lend a hand. Charlene loved her community.
She belonged to Lyons Christian Church and was a life-long member of the Czech Dancers Polka Club. Known for her cream puffs, wedding cakes and overall love of cooking, she enjoyed traveling, vegetable gardening and feeding her family and friends; especially her boys in the field.
In addition to her husband Duane, she is survived by her sons, Marc Conrad, Paul (Joselyn) Conrad, Brian (Sharon) Conrad, Terry (Shelly) Conrad, and Scott (Jennifer) Conrad; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Judy, wife of the late Robert Kinsman.
The family will receive guests on Wednesday, August 31st from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 413 E. Main St. in Metamora. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 1st at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor James Mann officiating. Interment will follow at Amboy Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Music Boosters or Lyons Christian Church.
Residence: Metamora, Ohio
Visitation: Wednesday, August 31st from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora
Funeral Service: Thursday, September 1st at 11:00 am in the Funeral Home
Interment: Amboy Township Cemetery
Dear Marc. I just heard about your mom. I am so sorry for your loss. She was always so sweet and had a smile whenever I saw her. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. In Sympathy.
Jeanne Smith Pasternak Sep 1 2016 12:00 AM
We were so sorry to hear about Charlene, We have many fond memories from the years we were neighbors.Our thoughts and prayers to Duane and his family.
Ron and Barb Hassen Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for you loss..............Charlene was a wonderful person. Her wonderful gift of time and her special cream puffs will be a lasting memory from my wedding. So glad she and mom and the friendship they did.
Diane (Doyle) Terrill Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM
My heart goes out to Duane and the boys and their families. Charlene seemed to do everything well and was a tireless organizer. She organized many Conrad Reunions for which I am eternally grateful. Love and prayers.
Brenda Conrad Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM
My condolences to the entire Conrad family. Charlene was one of the best Vikings ever! She always had a smile or hug for me. If I ever needed help with a recipe, she was willing to stop everything to work with me. In fact, sometimes it was easier for Charlene to just bake the cake! I hope the good times and the memory of her smile will help to ease the pain of your loss.
Lynnette Setmire Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM
Our condolences to Duane and the family. Our prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Charlene was a very special person that many of us will never forget. She will be deeply missed.
Larry & Linda (Conrad) Micol Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM
I was so blessed to have met Charlene. She asked if she could volunteer in my classroom. She blessed my students with her presence and graded papers for me for 7 years. Then she would bring me such delicious cookies for Christmas. She truly was a blessing and will be missed.
Annette Sack Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM
Mrs. Conrad was the best! So sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed.
Alecia (Peebles) Miller Aug 29 2016 12:00 AM
Charlene was a great lady. I remember helping with the Evergreen Band Boosters stand for years and Charlene gave her all. She and her wonderful gift of cooking will be missed.
Dan and Sally Kovar Aug 29 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed visting with her. She truly was a kind soul. She will be greatly missed. Hugs to the Conrad family.
Steve & Gayle Zientek Aug 29 2016 12:00 AM