Janet Mae Conrad age 82 of Westbrook passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Burial is in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Dovray. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Janet Mae (Bies) Conrad was born September 2, 1934 in Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Clifford and Marguerite (Norstegard) Bies. She was confirmed June 5, 1947 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. Janet graduated from Robbinsdale High School and then attended the University of Minnesota where she was a member of Gamma Omicron Beta sorority. She graduated in 1956 with a degree in Home Economics. She taught at Slayton/Lake Wilson full time, and later as a substitute teacher. While teaching at Slayton, Janet met Herman Conrad, and they were married March 9, 1957 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. Following Herman’s retirement, the couple purchased Bernie’s V-Store in Westbrook and operated it for 13 years. Janet and Herman enjoyed spending over 15 years wintering at an RV park in Rockport, AZ. Janet was known for her Christmas bread (Julekake). She devoted much of her time to knitting, crocheting, and quilting, and sold her works of art at craft shows. Janet also enjoyed stamp collecting, reading, playing cards, and was a member of Bridge Club and Birthday Club. Janet especially loved gardening, and picking strawberries to make strawberry jam.
Janet is survived by her husband Herman Conrad; children Carl (DeAnn) Conrad of Westbrook and Carrie (Bob) Peterson of Foley; grandchildren: Anthony Conrad, Brittany (Justin) Wulf, Erin Conrad, Miranda and Mitchell Peterson; great granddaughter Madison Wulf; and brother Richard (Jo) Bies of Zimmerman. She is preceded in death by her mother Marguerite Bies, father Clifford Bies, and stepmother Clara Bies.