Marifrances Anne Conrad

Born: 10/28/1970 Passed:

After a lengthy battle with illness, Marifrances Anne Conrad, 45, of Hudson, Ohio, born October 28, 1970 in Defiance, Ohio, passed into eternal life at the Ames Family Hospice in Westlake, Ohio, on January 8, 2016. Her mother, Rose Trunzo Conrad, was by her side.

Mari, as she was known, grew up in Alliance, Ohio and Avoca, Wisconsin and graduated from Columbiana High School, in Columbiana, Ohio, in 1989. Education was very important to Mari. She attended Capital University in Columbus Ohio, The University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Universities of Toledo and Akron in Ohio, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning various undergraduate and masters degrees, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the U of M.

She had a great love of the theater and during her theatrical career was considered an accomplished actor, writer and director. She played many diverse roles and was accepted into the famed New York City acting work centers of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards under the direction of
Italy’s Mario Biagini.

An accomplished athlete, she worked out, practiced yoga and became a figure-skater later in life. She was very proud to also serve as a judge for ice-skating competitions.

Mari truly embraced life, accomplished so much and was loved dearly by her family and scores of friends and business colleagues. She was an inspiration to all. In her lifetime, she gave to many charities and to children in need. Her Christian faith was very important to her and she drew on this faith in her final peaceful days.

Her greatest legacy, and her greatest love in life, was her daughter, Olivia Pearl Conrad-McKinnon, whom she provided for and always gave unconditional love and unwavering support in all things.

She is survived by daughter Olivia of Hudson, Ohio; her fiancé Albert McKinnon, of Hudson, Ohio; her brother, David Andrew Conrad, of Columbiana, Ohio; her parents, Rose Conrad of Columbiana, Ohio, and David Conrad, of Hudson, Ohio; her uncle Anthony Trunzo (Teri) and aunt Celeste Gainor (George), of Alliance, Ohio; her aunt Marguerite Nickel (Timothy) of St. Augustine, Florida and many loving cousins.

Mari was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Frank and Mary Trunzo of Alliance, Ohio and William and Frances Conrad of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

A private memorial service is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to UNICEF for village pumps and wells or to Hudson Montessori School Financial Aid Program, 7545 Darrow Rd, Hudson, OH 44236.

7 Tributes to Marifrances Anne Conrad

  1. Celeste Gainor says:

    I remember when Mari was a baby, and I carried her around and she would kiss me and she had fat cheeks. She was so cute.

    Love,

    Aunt Celeste

  2. Patricia Webb says:

    To the family of Mari,You all have our deepest condolences. May God comfort and care for you in this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Arless & Patty Webb Jerusalem Lutheran church. Columbiana

  3. Brian Pearl says:

    To the Conrad family and all who loved Marifrances, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Marifrances. I know this is the most difficult time of your life but God will get you through this. An Pastor Dave I know that you know this too. I am thinking of you and will keep you and the Conrad family in my prayers.
    I didn’t know Marifrances but Paster Dave I have the utmost respect for you and can only imagine what a wonder person she is on earth and now in Heaven.
    In Christ Blessing,
    Brian Pearl

  4. Carol Erchick Hunt says:

    Rose, i was saddened to read of the passing of your daughter. Reading the obituary was the first I knew of Marifrances. What an amazing young woman! I’m sure that you have many wonderful memories of her. Hopefully, they will sustain you in this difficult time. Please know that you and she are in my prayers.

  5. Jennifer Hanzlicek says:

    To Mari’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing Mari in high school. We were in marching band together. She was truly a kind person who made others feel connected. God bless all of you during this difficult time. You are all in my prayers.

    Jennifer Wilson Hanzlicek – Hudson, Ohio

  6. Jeannie Persis says:

    So very sad.

    “Let It Out” (Miho Fukuhara)

    Let it all out, let it all out.
    Tell me, why do you think you must act so brave?
    Pretty flowers, drawn on the walls
    By an innocent child, they come to life as they sway.

    There will be times when you want to
    Find the things that make you unique.
    You will lose and gain so many things
    When you embark on this lifelong journey.
    There are times when you want to weep,
    Just remember you are not alone.

    The pain and tears, we will send them
    To the sky among the stars.
    And they will shine, illuminating
    The path towards tomorrow.
    Even if we get lost on our way,
    Together we can gather the courage to move along.
    A new eternity is just beyond our reach.

    Let it all out, let it all out.
    There’s a lot of things that you lack, aren’t there?
    But that’s okay, we’re not perfect.
    We may not have known each other if we were.

    You wanted to know exactly
    What tomorrow has in store for you.
    But all this time you had a little knife
    Hidden behind you and we never knew.
    You put on your best poker face,
    Even though it hurts so much to hide your fears.

    I know you’re scared, but just believe.
    If you keep moving ahead,
    Then you will see the truth behind your smile play in the wind.
    Take my hand and come with me.
    Together we can gather the courage to move along.
    A new eternity is just beyond our reach.

    What do we do if what we all thought was right
    Turned out to be wrong, all along?
    We can only accept that some truths in life
    Can only bring us more sorrow.
    When I thought I had lost everything,
    When I had no one to turn to,
    You were there for me,
    So now I’ll always be with you.

    The pain and tears, we will send them
    To the sky among the stars.
    And they will shine, illuminating
    The path towards tomorrow.
    Even if we get lost on our way,
    Together we can gather the courage to move along.
    A new eternity is just beyond our reach.

    There comes a time to say goodbye,
    I don’t want this time to come.
    But all the same, seasons come and go,
    Time still passes by.
    Even if I get lost on my way,
    I will always follow you for all eternity.
    And I would never change that in my whole life.

    When the world stops believing in magic, the Faeries leave the world.

    Blessings.

  7. Mark Zieg says:

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=aalJT3GS_m8

    Mark”>Hi, Mari.

    You gave me my first Rush album. Thank you for that. I still mean to read that book I promised to read.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=aalJT3GS_m8

    Mark

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