Margaret Mary (nee Strickroth) McGrath was born on May 25,1924 in Baltimore, devoted wife to the late Francis X. McGrath, Sr.. She was the oldest daughter of Michael Strickroth and Margaret Strickroth (nee Zech) who have preceded her in death along with her brother, Giles, and sister, Angela Koons. She is survived by sister, Carolyn Clark. Margaret was a 1942 graduate of Mt. De Sales Academy and worked for Martins Aeronautics in Middle River during World War II making seaplanes. After the war, she met her husband, Francis, and married in 1948. In 1950, Francis and Margaret ( or Peggy as she was called) started a family with the birth of daughter, Jane; soon followed by son, Francis,Jr. (1951), son, John (1952), daughter, Mary (1954), and sons, Dennis (1958), Albert (1959) and Michael (1961). There could have been five more children had it been God's will.
Peggy was very active as a homemaker, mother and volunteer for St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in East Baltimore for the next seventy-five years. In her last stint of action for the church, she and a group of elderly female parishoners were operating the St. Elizabeth Food Bank. As a young woman, she played piano, sang and acted a little bit. She enjoyed the opera and theater her entire life. On many occasions, her children would treat her to musicals, plays, opera and concerts.
She is survived by her five sons from above, daughters Jane Kuhl and Mary Sunday, eleven grandchildren and nineteen, soon to be twenty great grandchildren.
Family and friends may gather at LILLY & ZEILER INC. FUNERAL HOME, 700 S. Conkling Street/21224 on Friday, January 6,2023 from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Elizabeth Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Margaret's name to the St. Elizabeth Food Bank.