Nov. 5, 1932 – Sept. 5, 2018
Joan C. McGrath was a stewardess, a part-time model, an assistant buyer for Lord & Taylor and a Catholic school teacher – all before she married and had five children.
Ms. McGrath died Sept. 5 after a long illness in Amherst. She was 85.
Prior to getting married in 1956, Ms. McGrath was a stewardess for American Airlines and a part-time model. She was an assistant buyer for Lord & Taylor in New York City for a couple of years in the early 1950s, said her daughter, Susan Fine. And she was a Catholic school teacher in Niagara Falls, where she taught second and third grades in the mid-1950s, her daughter said.
After her five children became adults, Ms. McGrath returned to the workforce. She was an area manager for Upjohn in Niagara Falls in the early 1980s. She also did administrative work at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Niagara Falls.
Born Joan McDonald in Elmira in 1932, she was raised in Easton, Pa., and moved to Niagara Falls in 1955.
Active in the community, Ms. McGrath was president of the Youngstown Civic Guild, chairperson of the Youngstown Civic Guild Antique Show and president and board member of the Niagara Council of Mothers Club.
She was also a board member of the Niagara Pioneer Soccer League and a Cub Scouts den mother.
In addition to her daughter, Ms. McGrath is survived by two other daughters, Robin Sofio and Allison Deckman; two sons, Donald and Brian; one brother, Eugene McDonald; a sister, Mary Ellen Walke; and eight grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 4375 Harris Hill Road, Williamsville.