Sports mom's life revolved around helping others
Amy Conrad, a prolific softball player in her day and the product of a sports family, supported her children and then grandchildren in their endeavors — particularly the athletic kind.
She was a fixture at their games, from T-ball to high school, and then in college and when they became coaches. She visited her son in Arizona to watch his football team play and was in the crowd when her youngest daughter coached the McKeesport Area varsity girls softball team.
“She paced back and forth,” said Melissa “Missy” Conrad, now a teacher at West Mifflin High School. “She could never sit down. She was always nervous about winning the game.”
Amy Conrad of West Mifflin died suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in UPMC McKeesport. She was 55.
Born in May 1960, she was a daughter of Agnes Rago Kopolovich and the late Michael “Kope” Kopolovich, a longtime football coach at the former Duquesne High School.
While attending West Mifflin South High School, she met Dean E. Conrad, who went to West Mifflin North. The high school sweethearts married. August would have marked their 35th wedding anniversary.
“She was friendly and outgoing and didn't try to hurt anyone,” her husband said. “She said hate is a strong word, and she never used it.”
Mrs. Conrad worked at McKeesport Hospital, now UPMC McKeesport, for 17 years, beginning when she graduated from high school. She started in the admissions department and later worked as an assistant in the hospital library.
She spent about seven years with Cole Vision, and later became a counselor and house parent at the Next Step Foundation, a substance-abuse recovery organization in McKees Rocks.
“Everything she did was all about helping people,” her husband said.
Mrs. Conrad was a member of Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne and formerly served as a Democratic Party committeewoman in West Mifflin.
In addition to her mother, husband and youngest daughter, she is survived by her son, Michael Conrad of Weirton, W.Va.; daughter, Amanda Berube of Elizabeth Township; brother, David Kopolovich of Mc-Keesport; sister, Kim Spear of White Oak; and two granddaughters.
Friends will be received from noon to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home, 915 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne.
A blessing service will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Holy Name Church, Christ the Light of the World Parish, 32 South 1st St., Duquesne. The Rev. Thomas Lewandowski will officiate. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Park.
Jason Cato is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7936 or email@example.com.