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Thomas J. "Tom" McGrath

August 29, 1937 February 23, 2020
Thomas J. "Tom" McGrath
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Thomas J. "Tom" McGrath, age 82, a resident Lisle, IL since 1971, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at his home after a long illness. He was born August 29, 1937 in Jacksonville, IL.

Beloved husband of Leeanne McGrath (nee Battle), loving father of Laura (Ed) Steffek, Julie Anne (Jin) Kim and Kevin (the late Becca) McGrath, adored grandfather of Will, Peter and Claire Steffek; Andrea, Shawn, Evan and Hope Kim; Kelly, Tommy and Darcy McGrath, devoted son of the late Thomas and Clara (nee Begnal) McGrath, dear brother of Sr. Irene McGrath, the late Helen Graham, Marie Drainer, Len McGrath, Vince McGrath, Leo McGrath and George McGrath, fond uncle, great-uncle, great-great uncle and friend of many.

Tom grew up in Chicago, served in the U.S. Air Force and was a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He worked as an electrical engineer for 31 years with Western Electric/AT&T.

Tom was a faithful member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Lisle. He taught Bethel Bible classes to adults and Religious Education (RE) to high school students for eight years. Tom served as a Eucharistic minister, lector commentator and usher at masses. Tom was a member of Brothers-in-Christ men's group and advocated to establish the Adoration Chapel at St. Joan of Arc where he scheduled 24 hour shifts, and maintained many hours weekly. Tom supported the Pro-Life activities and was a part of the Wednesday Night Rosary Prayer Group from its beginning. For decades he attended daily morning Mass and evening Vespers. He also participated in the Funeral Luncheon Program for many years (His special contribution was picking up the meat.) And made many phone calls to schedule the volunteers.

Tom conducted the prayer services and was a Eucharistic minister to Snow Valley Nursing Home in Lisle for many years. He was a registered Girl Scout to assist the DuPage Senior Council with fundraising. Tom joined the Indian Guide program with his son, and the YMCA Father-Daughter Group with his daughter. He also did fundraising as a parent for Benet Academy in Lisle. Tom was a soccer and baseball coach for his son. He delivered Meals-on-Wheels for years and was a PADS volunteer. Over the years, he gave more than five gallons of blood to the Heartland Blood Bank.

Tom encouraged and helped with the formation of Sharing Connections from his home - and gave up his garage for collections and donations.

Tom was a wonderful partner for his wife, Leeanne and was a wonderful father to his children who loved him deeply. He had remarkable patience with people and with life's challenges. Tom had a droll sense of humor and a famously firm handshake (as taught to him by his brother, Len).

Tom and Leeanne made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje and during his military service he went to Fatima. He had a lifelong devotion to Mary. He prayed rosaries for everyone and especially for the souls in Purgatory.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 25, 4:00-9:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, February 26, 10:00 AM at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Kingston and Front Streets, Lisle.

A luncheon will follow the funeral mass at the church.

Family and friends will meet for a committal service and military honors on Wednesday, 2:30 PM at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, IL 60421, (815) 423-9958.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to:

Sharing Connections, 5111 Chase Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515, (630) 971-0565, www.sharingconnections.org

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

25

Feb

4:00 PM 2/25/2020 4:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 2/25/2020 9:00:00 PM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday

26

Feb

10:00 AM 2/26/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

820 Division Street
Lisle, IL 60532

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
820 Division Street Lisle 60532 IL
United States

Reception

Wednesday

26

Feb

11:00 AM 2/26/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

820 Division Street
Lisle, IL 60532

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
820 Division Street Lisle 60532 IL
United States

Committal Services

Wednesday

26

Feb

2:30 PM 2/26/2020 2:30:00 PM
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

20953 W Hoff Rd
Elwood, IL 60421

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W Hoff Rd Elwood 60421 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Sharing Connections

5111 Chase Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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