Norene Ruth McGrath

  • Born: April 25, 1928
  • Died: February 6, 2013
  • Location: Winter Garden, Florida

Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home - Winter Garden Chapel

428 E Plant St
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Tel. (407) 656-2233

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Norene Ruth McGrath, 84, passed away on February 6, 2013 in Orlando, Florida at Ocoee Health Care Center.

She was born on April 25, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Arthur Kelley and Ruth (Oldenburg). She graduated from Withrow High School in 1947 and then the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1953 as a Registered Nurse. She worked as an R.N in Ely, Nevada where she met her Husband and life companion, Alan Gilmore McGrath (who passed on in 1996.)

She was diagnosed with MS in 1954 but continued to work as an RN for another 25 years. She was an inspiration to others as she fought through the disease over the years. Norene was a Supervisor at Drake Memorial Hospital when she retired in 1979 moving just outside of Hillsboro, Ohio to Rocky Fork Lake. After her husband passed she moved to Boardman, Ohio to be closer to her son then to Orlando in early 2012 for the same reason.

She loved all sports including Major League Baseball (especially the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox), College Football (Ohio State and Notre Dame) and Professional Football, Horse Racing and Boxing. She also enjoyed classical music and opera, needlepoint and knitting.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-Law, Kelley and Tammie McGrath; Daughter, Diane McGrath; her 11 Grandchildren, Nichole McGrath-Roller, Alex Beraduce, Kelsea McGrath, Patrick McGrath, Tony McGrath, Stephanie McGrath, Norene McGrath, Kelley McGrath; Brandon Giddens, Blake Giddens and Brooke Gunn; her 7 great-grandchildren, Krystle, Patrick, Brynna , Mitchel, Autumn, Isaiah, Eli as well as many dear friends and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in her honor on Saturday, February 16th at 3pm, at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home in Winter Garden, Florida. Another memorial event will be scheduled in Hillsboro, Ohio where she will be laid to rest with her beloved husband at a later date.
Donations may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements by BALDWIN-FAIRCHILD FUNERAL HOME – WINTER GARDEN CHAPEL 428 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787. 407-656-2233.
Memorial Donations may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society


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grandma,i love you,kiss grandpa for me.

Posted by tony mcgrgath - columbus, OH - oldest grandson   February 11, 2013


Grandma,I love you,words will never explain.I see you in my mother Dianes eyes.When i look up into the heavens and see the brightest star i will know it is you looking down upon us.Forever in our hearts you will be.Please kiss grandpa for us.Gone but never forgotten.In our hearts forever.

Posted by Stephanie McGrath - Columbus, OH - Grandaughter   February 08, 2013

Grandma your a great person truly an inspiration . I wish we had spent more time together. I love you and miss you. I know you will always be with us . I hope I have made you proud

Posted by Kelley R. McGrath - Galloway, OH   February 08, 2013

McGrath Family,

Praying for your strength during this sad time in your lives. Words can not express how sorry we are for your loss.

Posted by Chuck,Tammy, Ryan and Katie Wilt - austintown, OH - Friend   February 08, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Words cannot express the things i want to say. May god bless you and be with you through this time.

Posted by Cheryl Collins - hillsboro, OH   February 08, 2013


The staff of Baldwin-Fairchild Cemeteries and Funeral Homes extend our sincere sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home - Winter Garden, FL   February 07, 2013

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Kelley our deepest sympathy. Be strong. She will be watching over you. Love John and JoAnn. It is not easy but time heals.