Visitation at Funeral Home
Mass of Christian Burial
Obituary of Nora K McGrath
Nora Kathleen McGrath, 72, a longtime Pearl River resident and recently of Fort Myers, FL passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Life Care Center of Estero after her courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Born on January 24, 1948 in New York, NY, Nora was the daughter of the late Thomas and Honora (Sheehy) Bluight. She married Robert McGrath on May 17, 1969 at St. Pancras Church in Glendale, NY and he survives at home in Fort Myers, FL.
She is a graduate of Rockland Community College, where she worked diligently earning an Associate's Degree at night, while working full time and raising her two daughters. Nora spent her career at IBM, working 25+ years, ultimately retiring in 2007.
Known for her never-ending smile and her infectiously positive spirit, she loved quilting, catching up with friends at Shop-Rite (supposedly food shopping), the beach and anything to do with her Irish heritage.
Nora was a devout Catholic and parishioner of The Resurrection of Our Lord in Fort Myers, FL and St. Margaret's Church in Pearl River, NY.
In addition to her loving husband of 51 years, Nora is survived by her daughters; Noreen and her husband, Peter Dever of New York, NY, and Nancy and her husband, Thomas Flynn of Pearl River, NY; her grandchildren, Grace & Peter Dever; her siblings, Thomas (Susan) Bluight of Levittown, NY, Patricia (John) Conneally, of Pine Bush, NY, and Mary Smyth of Queens, NY; in addition to many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Nora is predeceased by her sister, Helen Cumiskey and her brother, James Bluight.
Friends may call at the Sorce Assumma & Shankey Funeral Home, Pearl River, NY on Sunday, September 20th, 2020 from 2 to 5PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Margaret's, Pearl River, NY on Monday, September 21st, 2020 at 10:30AM. Burial will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.
Arrangements are under the care of Sorce Assumma & Shankey Funeral Home, 34 N. Summit St., Pearl River, NY 10965.
Eulogy: Noreen Dever:
When Nan and I were reminiscing about Mom during the week we talked about all of her favorite sayings, most of them were old Irish sayings from Nana that aren’t appropriate for this day. But we kept coming back to something she would say all the time – “I can’t do everything for everyone, all of the time girls!!” It makes us laugh now because it was totally untrue, she did everything for all of us.
She was the person we could all count on for a warm hug, an encouraging smile, good advice, an unbiased ear as we complained about school, boys, friends or anything else going on in life. She took care of her ailing Mother while raising two young children, she was the glue that kept her large family together after Nana passed and some of her sisters retired and moved away from NY. She went to every school event, dance recital and she was the team Mom for soccer cutting up a million orange quarters every weekend in the fall. She helped us with homework, writing papers and helped Dad get through college and his MBA at night while he was working shifts in the Police Department.
She was independent and wasn’t afraid of a good road-trip with me and Nan and our friends to the beach or Action Park every summer. She was a loyal friend and would drop anything for a colleague at work or neighbor when they needed help. And although she was a devoted employee of IBM for 25+ years, you could guarantee every March 17th she was taking a vacation day so that she could celebrate her favorite day of the year. Watch the parade, listen to her Irish music and have a cup of tea and her Irish Soda bread!
She was our “everything” in the McGrath household.
And as the years went on and this awful disease took a greater hold of Mom and she wasn’t able to do everything, Dad stepped in and took care of her. He did so much research, talked to dozens of doctors, tried different treatments, prayed and made all the tough (but right) decisions about the facilities that she needed to be in.
He was her constant advocate.
There wasn’t an aid, nurse, front desk receptionist or nursing home director in all of Southwest Florida that didn’t know you, Dad!
You made sure she had the best care, the right food, the latest-model air mattress and the best wheel chair to ensure she was always comfortable. And although I truly believe the nurses at Life Care of Estero took great care of Mom because she was so sweet and was such a great patient, I’m sure in the back of their mind they always went the extra mile to ensure they didn’t receive “feedback” from Dad.
We will miss you so much Mom but I’m lucky to see your pretty face when I look at Nan, your sparking, smiling eyes in little Pete and your sweet and loving personality in Grace. I’m comforted knowing you are in a better place, catching up with beloved family members, having some wine with Aunt Helen, many cups of tea with Maureen, Connie and Ralph and some chocolate Entenmens doughnuts with Uncle Frank, Aunt Irene & Jim Flood; all with Zolton sitting at your feet so happy to have you back again.
We love you forever, Mom.
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