OBITUARY

Elizabeth " Angel" Angela McGrath

January 7, 1978January 9, 2021

Ms. Elizabeth Angela “Angel” McGrath, a mother, a daughter and sister, died unexpectedly over the weekend due to a sudden pulmonary embolism. COVID-19 was not a factor. Angel worked at Bonnie Branch Middle School, primarily this year with 6th and 7th grade students, both in small groups and co-teaching in virtual classrooms. Angel was a beloved member of the school and church community of Saint Augustine and made a tremendous impact on everyone she met. Ms. McGrath always saw the best in her students, was a trusted colleague, and close friend to many. Her involvement in the Drama Learning Center productions and school musicals are also treasured memories. Angel always seemed to know just what to say to make someone smile or feel better.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park, Inc., 7250 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge, MD 21075 ( exit6 south off Rt. 100) on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 3 :00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Augustine Church, 5976 Old Washington Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075 at 10 AM on January 18, 2021. The Mass will be live streamed https://ccasta.org/live-mass and available for replay after the event.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic with State and Diocesan restrictions, please consider the following: Maximum Capacity at the funeral home for visitations is 65 persons inside at any time. Maximum Capacity at the church is 100 persons. Both locations require masks be worn inside. The McGrath family home will not be open for gatherings or visits except in the rarest of circumstances until after the family has been vaccinated. For that reason we ask that you not bring food or come by to visit or to offer condolences. We would much prefer any food be donated to a local soup kitchen or food pantry. Mail any cards or remembrances to: c/o A. W. McGrath, 5983 Augustine Ave, Elkridge, MD 21075 You may email memories or remembrances to Angelremembrance@gmail.com You are welcome to make donations to your favorite charity in honor of Angel.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, January 18, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Inurnment Private

Memories

Elizabeth " Angel" Angela McGrath

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Tanya Martin

January 19, 2021

I was blessed not only to call Angel a co-worker, but also a friend. When Angel came to Bonnie Branch she was bubbly and enthusiastic to share her wonderful self with us all. As time went by our friendship grew. She graciously allowed me to work with Janet as I was going through my Master's program to become a Reading Specialist. She was our official Outdoor Education DJ. She would make the CDs for all of the Outdoor Education dances, when I was 6th grade Team Leader, and even slipped me a few CDs of my favorite songs. She was even so gracious as to be the DJ for my mother's 80th surprise birthday party. I had opportunities to go to Angel's house in Laurel for dinners and even catered a house warming for her when she first moved to Elkridge. For many summers we had a standing lunch date to occur around the end of summer school. Angel would be my sounding board during my relationships, and would give me sage advice. My moments with Angel will forever live in my heart. Rest easy my friend. Love Tanya Johnson Martin (TJ)

Maryann DellaRocco

January 19, 2021

Dearest Janet, and Angel’s parents and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Angel’s passing. Our family has many fond memories of Angel and Janet. Janet befriended my son at a very tough time and that is what initially brought Angel into our world but eventually we not only got to know her as a parent of our child’s friend but also as a wonderful, kind, thoughtful, and sincere educator. When my oldest was moving into middle school i was nervous and Angel told me not to worry as she would personally check on him, and she did. She was his confidant, his cheerleader, and his friend. I appreciate everything she did for us. And Janet, please know you are jn our thoughts and prayers. For your friendship to our son i always loved you for that. Keep that kind spirit. The world needs it.

Michael Gill

January 19, 2021

Miss Elizabeth Angela McGrath was the most caring, loving, and gracious person I have ever met. One moment that stands out to me is from this year. During the summer and the height of the pandemic and the marches against police brutality Angel knew that I was having a very hard time with depression and general apathy. She invited me over to play with the new puppies that she was fostering. That moment changed my life. Seeing her was wonderful and receiving one of her hugs, but it also convinced me that I needed a dog for my mental health. So I now have a beautiful bulldog named Dottie with a collar gifted from Angel. I hope she knows that her act of kindness in my moment of despair literally saved my life.
You will be missed but your spirit of compassion lives on in the hearts of those blessed souls that you touched.
Rest in Peace my beautiful butterfly.

Catharine Mcmillian

January 18, 2021

I will always remember her kindness toward me and others. She had a smile a mile wide and as bright as the sun itself. Her memory will be forever in our hearts as well as others. RIP. Angel. We Love You

Nan Brown

January 18, 2021

My thoughts and prayers go out to Janet and family, as well as, the BBMS family. My memories are filled with Angel’s smile, warmth and love of middle schoolers. Angel’s enthusiasm was extended each year to working with many summer school students. Love to all who had the privilege of Angel’s love. Nan Brown, former assistant principal at BBMS

Patty Lundin(Conte)

January 15, 2021

Pulling into the driveway off Katama Ave, after pulling off the ferry, seeing my summer friend on her deck calling my name-
We ran to each other and hugged, and here began a summer of beach, bike rides, games. Oh the fun we had. Summer friends are special- they form your childhood- and for me I had Angel - she is and has been a light in my
Life- her smile- her laugh- I will never forget her, this is one painful loss- rip my dear summer sister

Kelly OByrne

January 15, 2021

Angel was one of those beautiful souls who was forever kind, endearing, energetic, loving and always witty. She had a genuine heart and it showed with every responsibility she took on.... whether it was with DLC, CHN, her students or the staff at BBMS, friends, or most of all, her sweet daughter Janet, her loving parents and the rest of her family.

While the road ahead will be a bit difficult, Angel’s blessings and watchful heart will surely be with her daughter and family to help see them through.

Memories of her humor and natural selflessness will never be forgotten. She is an icon!💜

Our love and condolences,
The OByrne Family

(This is a pic from a BBMS field trip before shut down where she photo bombed our group🥰)

Sandra Mott

January 14, 2021

Bill and Peggy: Wes and I were very sorry to learn of the sad passing of your Angel. Although we did not know Angel personally, I recall you both being so excited to visit with her any time you were able and speaking about her with deep love and joy. Please accept our sincere condolences. Love IS all you need. Sandy and Wes Mott

Renée Frazier

January 14, 2021

Angel always had a smile and was always so uplifting. I remembered her in Holy Cross as such a kind spirited young girl. And knowing her as an adult made me honored to have her as a friend. Her love lives through every person she’s met and I will cherish the very fact that I was touched by an Angel... I love and miss you baby girl. You’ve been casted as the leading role now. To sit at His right hand and help keep watch over loved ones. Fly high Angel!

Robin Bregman

January 13, 2021

I am so grateful for the years that I got to spend with Angel at Bonnie Branch Middle School. Her love of life and her dedication to her students was inspiring.
For many years, she and I shared morning parking lot duty, which can be an unpleasant job. But with her as my partner, we had fun and managed to laugh a lot, even in rain and snow.. She deserves all the credit for that. I already miss her dearly.

FROM THE FAMILY