Norene Ruth McGrath
Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home - Winter Garden Chapel
428 E Plant St
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
February 16, 2013