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Marisa E. McGrath

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CONCORD - Marisa E. (Cittadini) McGrath, 89, of South Main Street, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Concord Hospital.

Mrs. McGrath was born in Florence, Italy, on March 5, 1923, the daughter of Carlo and Clara (Vannini) Cittadini. She graduated from the University of Florence with a major in art and nursing and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1957.

Mrs. McGrath worked at the N.H. Highway Hotel in Concord for 33 years, and in her retirement years worked as a homecare provider for over 10 years for a disabled person. She lived in Warner and Dunbarton before moving to Concord in 1958. Mrs. McGrath was an excellent cook and took great pride in preparing meals in the Italian tradition. She was an amazingly avid reader having read thousands of books in her lifetime. She also enjoyed collecting figurines and knick-knacks, especially salt and pepper shakers. She was predeceased by a son, James M. McGrath, in 1998.

Members of her family surviving include four children, Marisa E. Roach of Tallahassee, Fla., Joanne C. Staples of Lakeland, Tenn., Daniel E. McGrath of West Hartford, Conn., and John P. McGrath of Concord; many loving grandchildren, including Brandon, Alan, Jessica, Ashley, Shawn, Dawn and Crystal; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Yvonne Cittadini Magini of Florence, Italy; nieces and nephews.


services: A private family service will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main St., New London. Memorial contributions may be made to the , 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. To sign an online guestbook, visit

Published in Union Leader on Nov. 29, 2012
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