Obituary of Mary Rae McGrath
Mary Rae McGrath, 88, of Monroe Township, NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 28, 2022, at home surrounded by her loved ones.
Daughter of the late Raymond and Frances Tesiero and wife of the late Donald McGrath, she is the devoted mother to Timothy McGrath (Caterina) of Chicago and Kathleen Spaner (Mitch) of Monroe; dear sister to Raymond (Mary), Betty DeRose (the late Skip) and sister-in-law to Peter McGrath and the late Jim McGrath; loving grandmother to Lauren McGrath Hamblet (David) and M.J. McGrath, Alyssa (Victor), Jake, and Ross Spaner, and great grandmother to Fallon and Madison. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and dear friends.
Born on August 14, 1933 in Amsterdam, NY, Mary spent her young life in upstate New York with her parents, Raymond and Frances, brother Raymond, and sister Betty. Her fondness for her family stood the test of time, remaining especially close with her sister throughout her life, and continuing in her unwavering dedication to and love for her children and grandchildren.
As a child, Mary discovered one of her lifelong passions: the beauty of music. A talented Opera singer, Mary received an acceptance to The Juilliard School in New York City. While she ultimately could not attend, Mary maintained this passion for years to come, crooning over her grandbabies, humming while playing Bridge, and serenading her home with angelic melodies.
After graduating from Bryant College, Mary returned to upstate New York, where she met her life’s next true love: Donald. Donald and Mary’s love story began while working at GE together, marrying in 1956 in Schenectady, NY. While they bonded over many things, one that her grandchildren recall most vividly is their joint love for “Mickey D’s” (McDonald’s) – a pastime they shared with their grandchildren by introducing them to the world’s best kid’s meals.
Shortly after their marriage, Donald and Mary moved to East Lansing, MI while Don attended Michigan State University and they welcomed their first child, Timothy, followed by Kathleen. Life brought the McGraths around the country, from Michigan to California, New York to New Jersey, finally landing in Greenville, SC, where Mary developed a wonderful group of friends with whom she enjoyed traveling and playing lots of Bridge.
As a mother, sister, grandmother and friend, Mary had a warm, compassionate way about her — genuine and deeply loving, she was an intent listener who was always willing to lend advice, relieve our worries, and help a person in need. She instilled a strong work ethic in her children, expecting them to be both diligent in school and kind to others, traits she later taught to many of her grandchildren, especially Alyssa, Jake, and Ross, whom she helped raise. She loved spending time with her grandchildren watching game shows and movies highly recommended by her granddaughter Alyssa.
Of all the wonderful travels, moments, and memories in her life, Mary was, perhaps, most proud of her family, who were truly central to her happiness.
Relatives and friends may join her family on Sunday, March 6, 2022 from 2pm until 4pm at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction. A Memorial Service will be held at 4pm at the funeral home.
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