Mary MacGrath, 86 passed away peacefully while lovingly surrounded by family at Rosewood Gardens Nursing Facility on May 18th, 2022. Born Mary Rita McGarvey on October 3, 1935, to Edward & AnnaBelle (McKenty) McGarvey, she was the 6th of 9 children. In addition to her late husband Samuel MacGrath, she is predeceased by her 5 brothers Eddie, Jerry, Jackie, William (Wow) & Danny. Mary was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother & friend. She is survived by her 3 devoted daughters Linda & (Joe) Betzala, Trisha & (Michael) Sheerin and Joanne Ward. Her sisters Anna (Edward) Patriarch, Peggy Morin & Betty & (Tom) Collins. Just as cherished and loved as her own daughters, Mary’s grandchildren & great- grandchildren were her pride and joy along with her many nieces and nephews Joseph & (Christine) Betzala, Timothy Betzala, Christen & (Tim) Garrity, Kenny (Erin) Rucci, Alex (Brittany) Rucci, Casey (Lauren) Sheerin, Brian Sheerin, Anna (Dan) Heck. Great-grandchildren; Justin, Ella, Kenny, Nathan, Dean, Luke, William, Nicolette, Callahan, Owen & soon to be baby girl Rucci.
She was born and raised in Philadelphia along with her family. Mary attended MBS and Bartram school’s then off to work to help support the family as most of her brothers went to fight in WWII & the Korean War. Initially Mary worked at Horn & Hardart’s, then onto Baby Formula Facility followed by Stouffer’s restaurant. Years later she worked at Palmer, Biezup & Henderson, LLP. In her retired years, Mary worked as a waitress at her grandson’s restaurant the original Java Joe’s. The customers and staff alike loved her.
Mary loved to cook and clean. She enjoyed reading, music, travel, shopping, and spending time with her family especially at the Jersey Shore.
Mary, was beautiful both inside and out. Her hair was perfectly styled, and her outfits were always impeccable. She always offered a kind word and loved helping others.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Mary’s life on Tuesday May 24th starting with visitation at 9:30-11:00AM St Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church 233 Mohawk Ave Norwood PA 19074. Followed by an 11:00 Mass and interment at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield PA 19064.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. https://www.stjude.org/donate/pm.html?sc_dcm=58700006942402314&sc_cid=kwp&sc_cat=b&amount=x&gclsrc=aw.ds&ds_rl=1285465&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIm6-d0dPu9wIV7wCICR13TAMSEAAYASAAEgKYg_D_BwE