Laurie M. Conrad, 69, died gently and peacefully at home on April 5, 2016 after a brief illness. She is survived by Mariette Geldenhuys, her spouse and partner of 25 years; sisters Gail Williams and Jill Swiecinski and their families; second father Edward Wittke; best friend of 50 years, Janet Fortess; goddaughter Carolyn Smith and her children, Elisabeth, Ian and Laura; cousins Donald Konowitz and Steven Konowitz and their families; countless friends around the globe; and her beloved cats Leonora, Clarissa and Oleg. She was predeceased by her father, Louis Conrad, her mother, Denise Conrad Wittke, and her second cousin Albert Einstein, with whom she shared many characteristics.

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