Sara A. "Sally" O’Grady


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Sara A. “Sally” (McAvinney) O’Grady Sara passed away peacefully after a long illness at the age of 82 on January 6, 2020. Born in Rochester on March 5, 1937 Sara was the second oldest child of the late James & Alice (Donoghue) McAvinney. Predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John W. O’Grady; infant son, James John; sister, Mary Lou Florack. Survived by her children, Kathleen (Michael) Snyder, Timothy O’Grady & Kevin (Dawn) O’Grady; grandchildren, James Snyder, Holly (Andrew) Proctor, Kirsten O’Grady, Michael (Lauren) O’Grady, Alicia O’Grady; sisters, Elaine Benedict and Marjorie Bengston; sister-in-law, Mary Agnes Corey; several nieces, nephews and dear friends. Sara “Sally” as she was known to many, was an employee at Sibley’s before she raised three children in the town of Gates. A hard working homemaker, wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, ceramics and traveling. We will miss her greatly. Sara’s visitation will be held Friday, January 10th 2-4 PM where her funeral service will follow at 4:00 PM in the chapel of Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Rd. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery will be held Saturday, January 11th at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or St. John’s Home in her memory. For more information and to sign her online guestbook, visit To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Sara O’Grady, please visit our Tribute Store.


  1. Marcia Barrett on January 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Kathy, Michael and family, What a beautiful picture! I’m so sorry for your loss and wish you peace and good memories as you go through this difficult time! Marcia and Pat Barrett

  2. Paul McAvinney on January 10, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Paul McAvinney

  3. Janet Eller on January 12, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Kathy and Family, We were so blessed to have your Mom as a friend at St. John’s. We enjoyed many times and laughs together. We will miss her greatly. May all of your wonderful memories carry you through this difficult time. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Grace and Janet

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