Deacon Conrad served in Schuyler and Omaha

Deacon James Conrad died Nov. 11. He was 89.

A funeral Mass was held Nov. 15 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Omaha, with interment at St. John Cemetery in Bellevue.

Deacon Conrad was ordained in 1998 and served at both St. Mary Parish in Schuyler and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish.

Father Donald Shane, a retired priest who was pastor of St. Mary, knew him as a kind man who was always concerned with doing the right thing and caring for his family.

“It was a priority to do everything he could to foster his relationship with Jesus and pass that along to his family,” Father Shane said. “And if you needed anything, he would be there for you.”

According to his funeral program, he “was a man with a caring heart and a jovial smile. He positively impacted the many lives of whom he came in contact with. It didn’t matter if you were young or old, … he still gave you his undivided attention.”

Along with his wife, Rose, Deacon Conrad received the “Service to Mankind” award from the Schuyler Chamber of Commerce.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James J. Sr. and Madeline Conrad; wife, Rose Marie Conrad; brothers, Joe and Robert Conrad and sister, Mary Ann Bowman. He is survived by children, Jean Conrad, Jim Conrad III and Jeff (Maria) Conrad; two granddaughters; nieces, nephews and cousins.

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