August 23, 1920 ~ November 10, 2017
Irondequoit: Passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at age 97.
Irene McGrath was predeceased by her parents Raymond J. Johnson Sr. and Irene A. Johnson, husband William A. McGrath Sr., daughter Karen (McGrath) Cline, brothers & sisters, Robert (Madeline) Johnson, Ethel (Arthur) Gilbert, Mildred (Johnson) McGrew, Walter (Marjorie) Johnson, Shirley (Lewis) Shading, Raymond F. Johnson Jr., nephew, Dick Gatley.
She is survived by sister Rosemary, and brother-in law Carlyle Johnson, daughter Patricia (McGrath) Butler, sons William A. McGrath, Jr (Anne), Thomas A. (Sharon) McGrath, daughter Shirley “Babe” McGrath, grandsons, Timothy Myers, William A. (Tammy) McGrath, III, Kevin S. (Jennifer) McGrath, Matthew McGrath, Nicholas McGrath, Jason (Krystle) Yockel, Travis Yockel. Granddaughters Terry Knizner and Jennifer Cline.
Also survived by nieces and nephews, Susan (Mike) Characky, Beverly (Johnson) Romero, Larry Johnson, David Johnson and Gary Johnson, Gail (Ron) Garvey, Kim (Robert) Smith, Jacob Smith.. Many great-grandsons, Brandon (Jennifer) Knizner, Connor McGrath, Christopher Sportsman, Michael Sportsman, Kevin Respalie, Aiden McGrath, Liam McGrath, Tyler Rogers. Great-Granddaughters, Katlyn Rogers, Paige McGrath and Justina Cline-Galazara. Great Nephews, Ryan Characky, Shawn Charakey, Thayne Characky, Steven Garvey, Scott Garvey, Christopher Garvey, Bronson Smith, Great Niece’s, Bridget Smith, Becky Sundt, Great-Great Grandson Dominick Galarza and God Daughter Judy (Hafner) Pfeifer.
Irene graduated from Madison High School in 1939. She was an employee of Rochester Optical and Eastman Kodak during WWII, then Rochester Products and Ontario Plastics after WWII. She was a well-known Business Manager for area drum and bugle corps such as, Barnard Blue Devils, the Emerald Cadets and Emerald Statesmen from 1954 to 1969. She was President of the International Color Guard Circuit from 1967 to 75 and a staff member of Phoenix Sr. Drum Corps from 1974 to 77. She was an original lifetime member of the Empire Statesmen Drum Corps from 1983 to 2013. Irene was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2000.
Friends may call Monday (Nov 13th) 4-8 PM and Tuesday (Nov 14th) 4-8 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday (Nov 15th) 11:00 AM at St. Kateri Parish at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4536 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester, NY 14617. Interment to follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund in her memory. For more information, or to sign Irene’s online guestbook, please visit Meesonfamily.com.