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Amy Jo Conrad
June 17, 1965 - February 26, 2018

Amy Jo Conrad, 52, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018, at her home at Promenades East in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Born on June 17, 1965, Amy was the daughter of Joseph W. and Joan C. Skowyra.  After graduating from Lowville Academy in upstate New York, she earned a BA from the University of New York at Geneseo.  As an Art History Major, she studied one semester abroad in Sienna, Italy.  Her career started at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she worked in the Costume Department for the Theatre Arts Department.  Learning from the best, she was able to hone her craft.  Later, she moved to New York City and found a job making costumes with Theatre Works USA, a national traveling children's theatre company.  She got her first break as a costumer and seamstress in a movie called "Copy Cat" with Sigourney Weaver.  Word got around about her work ethic and skills and one opportunity seemed to follow another.  Her television credits include: The Mysteries of Laura, The Knick, Boardwalk Empire, Smash, Damages, and Spin City with Michael J. Fox.

She worked as the Key Costumer on movies starring; Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, Scarlet Johansen, Bill Murray, Sharon Stone, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Ray Fiennes, Stanley Tucci, Tom Cruise and others too numerous to mention.  Amy's clothing designs were featured in five national magazines, including People Magazine and In Style.  Moreover, Kate Hudson appeared on the cover of an issue of US Weekly in 2003 wearing a design by Amy that won a best dressed award.

Three years ago after Amy started losing her vision because of her diabetic condition and could no longer work on set, she moved to Florida nearer her parents to start a new life.  Despite her condition and vision problems, Amy remained a bright, happy woman who had a quick wit, loved to laugh and always brought joy to everyone who knew her. The past months of her life were the happiest after she met and fell in love with Michael Conrad.  Amy and Mike married on December 16, 2017.

Amy’s survivors include her loving husband, Michael Conrad; her parents, Joe and Joan Skowyra; her sisters, Julie A. (Andy) Stone, Kathleen R. (Bill) Skowyra, and Wendy Rose; her niece, Emily Baccaglini; her uncle, James P. (Jane) Minton, and her cat Tiger; as well as many friends.

A Celebration of Amy's life will be held at Promenades East Club House, 21405 Olean Blvd. Port Charlotte, on Saturday March 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.

Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, Port Charlotte, Florida, 2018.

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