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October 24, 2013

(11/30/1937 - 10/20/2013)

A Chicago native who ministered for 15 years in central and northern Missouri is at rest in the Lord.

Father Edwin Konrad, 76, a retired priest of the Jefferson City diocese who had served in several parishes and at St. Mary's Health Center - died peacefully on September 20, 2013 in Alsip, IL, near Chicago.

Fr. Konrad was born on November 30, 1937, in Chicago, a son of the late Irving Petzke and, Helen Penn, who survives of the home.

He attended Catholic elementary and high schools in Chicago. He attained a bachelor's degree in English and speech from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a master's degree in social sciences from Governors State University in University Park, IL, and a master of divinity degree from Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, WI.

Educated, well read, intellectually curious, cultivated in his appreciation for art, music and literature, and armed with an understated, urban sense of humor, Fr. Konrad faced down chronic pain and infirmity in order to exercise his most treasured gift: the call to Priesthood.

Before entering priestly formation for the Diocese of Joliet, IL, he was incardinated into the Jefferson City diocese after his diaconate ordination. He served as a deacon at Sacred Heart parish in Columbia and at St. Bonaventure parish in Marceline. Bishop Michael F. McAuliffe, now deceased, of Jefferson City, ordained him to the Holy Priesthood on May 27, 1989.

He served as associate pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Jefferson City; pastor of St. John parish in Memphis; associate pastor of St. Peter parish in Jefferson City; sacramental minister of St. Michael parish in Russellville; and chaplain of St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City. Declining health prompted Fr. Konrad to retire from active ministry in 2000. He moved to an apartment in Jefferson City and continued to fill in at parishes. He moved back to the Chicago area in 2004 to take care of his mother.

Msgr. Donald Lammers selected for the Memorial Mass scripture reading, a passage from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians: "Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison (4:16-17).

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