Lillian C. Conrad

Lillian Catherine Patricia Cooke Conrad, 90, of Belford, NJ died on November 24, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in 1927 in Hoboken, NJ and was a proud graduate of Our Lady of Grace Grammar School in Hoboken and Saint Michael’s High School in Union City, home of the ‘fighting Michaelians.’ After graduating from Saint Michael’s, she worked in New York City as a secretary in the Hotel Governor Clinton and The Carlton House. In 1952, Lillian married Thomas T. Conrad at Our Lady of Grace Church. She then resided in Union City before moving to her cherished home in Belford. She was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church (in New Monmouth, specifically in the Alter Rosary Society. In recent years became a devoted parishioner of St. Catherine’s in North Middletown.

In her later years, Lillian enjoyed the Middletown Senior Citizen Center, especially when her loving cousin, Mary Finnerty, played the piano. She enjoyed visiting Rumson, where her family had a summer home, and later sharing those memories with her sons and grandchildren. She loved all things Irish, especially Irish music, but most of all treasured her family and the annual "Cooke Out."

She was predeceased by her parents, Lilian (O’Donnel) and Martin E. Cooke, Sr.; her beloved husband, Thomas T. Conrad, Sr.; and her dear brothers, Martin Cooke and John F. Cooke, Sr.

Lillian is survived by her two sons, Thomas T. Conrad, Jr. and Gerard M. Conrad and his spouse Jeanine Conrad; as well as her sister Mary Gillen and sister-in-law Ethel Desmond. She was an adored grandmother to Lauren Conrad, Maryann Conrad, Harrison Conrad, T. Theodore Conrad and Victoria Conrad.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Rd., Middletown. Funeral Services are scheduled for Friday, November 30th at 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 10 a.m. at The Church of St. Catherine Laboure, 110 Bray Ave., North Middletown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorials to be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, https://alzfdn.org

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