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Helen Ann McGrath

September 15, 1925 ~ August 25, 2017 (age 91)


Fitchburg-Helen Ann (Shea) McGrath, 91, “Ann” to those who knew and love her, died Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Cape Regency Rehab in Centerville, MA with her family at her side, after a brief illness.

Her husband Bernard “Bunny” R. McGrath died in 1981.

She leaves one son, Bernard F. McGrath and his wife Joyce of West Hyannis Port; one daughter, Ellen Kelly and her husband Michael of Gardner; her beloved grandchildren, Patrick McGrath and his wife Abbey, Timothy McGrath, Laurel (Kelly) Micklus and her husband John, Hannah Kelly, and Megan Kelly; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Helen is predeceased by her two sisters, Kathryn “Sally” Dolan and Margaret “Peggy” Cheney.

Helen was born in Fitchburg, on September 15, 1925, a daughter of the late Francis E. and Helen (Sweeney) Shea. She was a 1943 graduate of St. Bernard’s High School. Ann was a devout catholic and a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Hyannis. In 1957, she married Bernard R. McGrath. Through her adult years Ann worked in the banking industry, but most importantly as a mother. She welcomed all into her home and raised her children to prioritize family and friends over all else. She lived in Fitchburg until moving to West Hyannis Port in 1982. Ann enjoyed walking the beach and swimming. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Bernard Parish at St. Camillus Church, 333 Mechanic Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Burial will follow in the St. Bernard Cemetery, Off Boutelle Street, Fitchburg, MA

A calling hour will be held in the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and the Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water Street, Fitchburg, from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

For further info see, www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net

John F. Masciarelli, Walter C. Taylor and James M. Hebert funeral directors


Wednesday, August 30, 2017
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Smith - Mallahy - Masciarelli FH - Fitchburg
243 Water Street
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420

Funeral Service

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
11:00 AM

St. Bernard's Parish @ St. Camillus Church
333 Mechanic St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Graveside Service

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
11:45 AM

St. Bernard Cemetery
96 Goodrich Street
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420

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