Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Margaret Vancas McGrath DHS53 Obituary

Margaret R. McGrath
October 20, 1935 - July 3, 2011

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Margaret R. McGrath, 75, passed away on Sunday, July 3rd at home in Lead, South Dakota, surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Lead, SD, followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Friday, July 8, 2011, at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church.

She was born in Deadwood, SD to Michael and Mary (Fillak) Vancas on October 20th, 1935. She attended Saint Ambrose Catholic Grade School and graduated from Deadwood High School in 1953. On June 16th, 1954, Margaret married the love of her life, Hubert McGrath. The couple celebrated their 57th anniversary this past June. Margaret will always be known for her love of life, her love of family, and her faith. She was well known for her wonderful cooking and she delighted in her friendships. Throughout her life she worked for the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office, Century 21 Real Estate, Lead High School and Black Hills Special Services Cooperative. She served on the Lawrence County Election Board for many years. She was a longtime member of the Laureate Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the St. Patrick’s Altar Society.

Margaret will be dearly missed by her husband Hubert. Four children were blessed to have her as their mother: John (Carol) of Brandon, SD, Mark (Rhonda) of Lead, SD, Michelle (Steve) Hovland of Nemo, SD, and Cindy (Richard) Ostert of Spearfish, SD. She cherished her 14 grandchildren: Laney McGrath, Heath Ostert, Dustin Ostert, Chase McGrath, Amy Fierro, Marc McGrath, Danielle McGrath, Roy Buchanan, Nikayla Hovland, Kristina Fierro, Chaz McGrath, Michelle Buchanan, Jon Hovland, and Chandler McGrath. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joseph, Sylvester, Francis, Paul, and sister Agnes. 

Arrangements are under the care of Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. An online guestbook is available at Margaret McGrath Guestbook


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