Janet Conrad

April 21, 1927 ‒ November 26, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Janet Jordan Conrad, age 92, peacefully passed on to her next adventure on a warm sunny November day around the time of the new moon. The date was Tuesday, November 26, 2019, and she was at home in her daughter’s Mansfield house under the care of HomeCare Matters Hospice.

Janet was born April 21, 1927, in Cleveland to Ralph W. & Helen (Mougey) Jordan. Janet earned her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University and her Master’s degree in Teaching from The Ohio State University. Janet worked several years as a teacher for West Carrollton City Schools near Dayton.

A handsome young man named Glenn Lee Conrad caught her eye and the pair married on the second of September, 1949. Together they moved to Germany where her husband worked as a Russian translator. It was there she gave birth to her son, Eric, and daughter, Michèle. After moving back to Ohio, her daughter Caren was born and Janet worked diligently to make a lovely home for her family. She was an excellent cook and crafter and she had a knack for creativity—a talent she passed on to her children, each in their own way. Her hobbies included sewing, painting, reading, and writing calligraphy.

Although Janet was a Unitarian and longtime member of First Unitarian Church in Dayton, in Mansfield she attended services at Emanuel Jacob Synagogue with Michèle and Michèle’s husband Paul and became a beloved member of the community. Janet will be remembered for her accepting and generous spirit. She instilled in her children the Jewish covenant of tzedakah or “charity” and taught by example as Janet was always the first to reach out and help those in need. She did this throughout her life.

Janet is survived by her three children: Eric van Fossen Conrad (Anne Gilliland) of Durham, North Carolina, Michèle Mougey Conrad Hyman (Paul) of Mansfield, Ohio, and Caren Rénee Jordan Conrad of Dayton, Ohio; two granddaughters Brittany Rénee Dale (Jaylin) and Brandi Vernon-Day (Jerome); and four great-grandchildren Antwaun Brown, Jr., A’Marie Brown, Hosea Vernon-Day, and Elliott Vernon-Day.

In addition to her parents, Ralph & Helen Jordan, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Glenn Conrad, and her brother Ralph W. Jordan, II.

A remembrance will be held at Emanuel Jacob Synagogue, 973 Larchwood, Mansfield, OH, 44907, on Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm. Donations may be made to Emanuel Jacob Synagogue or HomeCare Matters Hospice, 1220 N. Market Street, Galion, OH 44833.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Janet’s family and encourage you to share a memory at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • What a beautiful picture of Jan! It really captures her spirit and creativity. Keeping all of you in our hearts~
    Paula & Bob

  • Sending lots of love and sympathy to the Conrad and Hyman family. What a nice woman your mother was I know she will be greatly missed.

  • Aunt Janet was an extremely kind person and an excellent correspondent. She kept me informed of family events and was always interested not only in family but in what was happening in the world. Feeling close to family made her particularly happy, and she really enjoyed family around her. She was a very caring person and will certainly be missed. My sincere condolences to all her family for whom she so deeply cared.

  • I’m sorry you’re going through this difficult time, and I’m praying for peace for you and your family.