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JULIA MCGRATH Julia Frances McGrath, of Henderson, died peacefully, at home, surrounded by her family, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. She was 94. She was born July 8, 1918, the daughter of the late Stanley and Frances (Cen) Piekalski, in Elm Park, Staten Island, N.Y. She married William J. McGrath in September 1940, in the Church of St. Adalbert in Elm Park. Her husband preceded her in death in 1980. Julia was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her family and friends. Julia was an honors graduate of Port Richmond High School on Staten Island. She was a Red Cross volunteer during World War II. Later, while raising her family, she was employed in various retail establishments both in Staten Island, and then in Las Vegas. Always friendly and outgoing, she was a natural saleswoman. A devout Catholic, one of her most treasured memories was of her first trip to Europe, undertaken while in her 80's. During the journey, she visited her father's homeland, Poland, and crowned the trip by hearing Mass in the Vatican celebrated by Pope John Paul II. Julia was an active member of St. Bridget's Parish in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She was a faithful participant in the Chapel of the Perpetual Adoration. A wonderful cook, Julia was famous for her Lenten Soup Suppers, as well as her many culinary contributions to various parish events. During her children's school days, Julia was an active member of the Mother's Guild of St. Mary of the Assumption School in Staten Island, and also worked as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Julia is survived by her seven children, daughters, Mary Anne McGrath of Henderson, Rose Heather Connell of Jackson, N.J., Susan Greico of Middletown, N.Y., Kathryn A. McGrath of N. Las Vegas, and sons, William J. McGrath of La Costa, Calif., Timothy M. McGrath of Port Costa, Calif., and Gerard K. McGrath of Henderson. She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Reuben (Florence) Franz of Columbus, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She also leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews. Following cremation at Desert Memorial, there will be a memorial celebration Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at St. Bridget's Church, 220 N. 14 St., Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bridget's Church Building Fund, in Julia's memory.


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