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Obituaries > MCGRATH, FRANCIS C.

Francis C. McGrath, 92, of Voorheesville, N.Y. died Sunday, December 26, 2010 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born, March 24, 1918 in Cohoes, N.Y. the son of the late Frank McGrath and Eva Nolin McGrath. On October 16, 1939 he married Hazel M. Kennedy, who survives.

He was employed at the Watervliet Arsenal, when in 1942 he enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Raider Battalion. After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Cohoes and was employed by the United States Post Office until he retired. He was a loyal member of the National Letter Carrier Union.

He spent his free time in the Adirondacks at his summer residence in Schroon Lake, N.Y. with his wife, daughters, grandchildren and many friends, including the late Chuck Spetla and his wife, Gerry.

He is survived by his daughters, Eileen Pastore (Peter), daughter, Patricia Decherd; grandchildren, Lon, Brenden, Peter, Sabrina, Patrick, Jason, Joshua, Jared, Rebecca and Justin; nieces and nephews, Arthur McGrath, Kathy Tettinger, Susan Ellsworth and Michael McGrath. He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur McGrath.

Funeral services Friday, December 31, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

There will be no public calling hours.

Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterford.