EDWARD M. CONRATH
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Edward M. Conrath, age 91, a 16 year Portage resident passed away Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Hartsfield Village Nursing Home in Munster, IN. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army in World War II and retired after 45 years with Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He will be remembered as a loving and cherished husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle. Edward is survived by his wife, Helen (nee Hardy) Conrath; children: Diane (Chuck Johnson) Conrath of IL, Edward D. Conrath of VA, Patricia (Gary) Miller of IL, James (Teri) Conrath of IL, Joseph (Sara) Wilkens of AZ, Sharon (Paul) Paprocki of IN, and Karen (Edward) Matheny of IN. Also survived by brother, Richard; grandchildren: Chris, Jeff, PJ (Candace) Miller, Robbie (Nicole), Tommy, Leah, Genevieve Conrath, Julie (William) Hetzel, Valerie (Brendan) Kelly, Kimberly (Leo) Plotkin, Lori (Daniel) Zamudio, Dawn (John) Madura, and Tracy (Donald) Mauer, 15 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his first wife, Genevieve (nee Cunningham) Conrath; brothers: John and Robert; daughter-in- law, Barbara Conrath; and grandson, Paul Miller. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Misericordia Home in Chicago. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Nativity of Our Savior Church, 2949 Willowcreek Road, Portage, IN 46368 with Rev. Andrew Corona officiating. Edward will be taken to church Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. for visitation until Mass begins. Burial at St. Mary's Cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL at 12:30 p.m. Visitation will be Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., Portage, IN 46368 with a 4:30 p.m. prayer service and a 7:00 p.m. American Legion Post #260 service. For more information, please call 219-762-3013 or online at www.reesfuneralhomes.com.
Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel - Portage
5341 Central Ave. Portage, IN 46368
Published in The Times on Feb. 20, 2013