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Mary Joseph

December 4, 1954 — August 23, 2022


Mary M. (McGrane) Joseph , 67, of Greensburg, died Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in her home, as she was comforted by her husband and daughters by her side. She was born December 4, 1954, in Greensburg, a daughter of the late William P. and Magdalena (Madeline) Hogan McGrane. Mary, born, raised, & a lifelong resident of Greensburg, was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Additionally, she was a dedicated member of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the Penn State University Nurses Association, and the Westmoreland School Nurses Association. Mary, a Registered Nurse, worked for 37 years at a profession she so very cherished. She was a honors graduate of the first class of Westmoreland County Community College School of Nursing in 1973. She subsequently earned her Bachelors of Science Degree and her Master’s Degree in Health Education, both at Penn State University. Mary's nursing career began at West Virginia University Medical Center, where she worked for two years. She spent the following ten years at Latrobe Area Hospital as a Health and Hospice Nurse. While at LAH, she represented the hospital, Westmoreland County, and the American Cancer Society as the winner of the ACS's 1981 prestigious Nurse of Hope. She concluded her career at Greensburg Salem School District, where she worked for 25 years as a School Nurse and School Nurse Supervisor (a special memory for her two daughters who woke up, got dressed, and rode to school with their mom every day). Additionally, Mary taught orientation and prep classes to newly admitted elementary education and health education majors at Seton Hill University, St Vincent University, and WCCC. Simply, Mary was an earth angel to everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. She was the most loving wife, dedicated daughter, loyal friend and sister, phenomenal nurse - but above all else, the most incredible mom in this world. Her greatest gift was making everyone feel well cared for and uniquely special. There was magic in the way she was able to capture the smallest details of life and make them extraordinary. By always providing the most honest example of selfless love, she has woven and etched her memory into the lives of those she touched.  She was preceded in death by her adoring parents. Mary is survived by her loving and proud husband of 41 years, Rick; daughters, Vanessa (Rachel Wojdowski) of Pittsburgh, and Audra of Greensburg; Mother-In-Law, Helen M. Joseph (Situ); Sister-In-Law Jamie Joseph McHugh and husband Regis of Jeannette (Maura, Kaitlin, God daughter Tara, Alexander); and siblings, Patricia Barnett of Mountainside, NJ; David McGrane (Albina), Natalie Langs (Brad) both of Hilton Head, SC.; and nieces and nephews; Deirdre, Maren, Megan, Christopher, William, Brendan, Meredith, and Mikaela. Viewing was private and restricted to only the immediate family. Interment, also private, was attended by family & Mary's closest and most special of friends, at Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Greensburg. Under a glorious day of sunshine, and a blue puff clouded sky, a service of prayers & songs was delivered by Father Lawrence Manchas, Hospice Chaplain Greg Croffour, and dear friend/guitarist Bob Thomas (James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes") . Please listen to this song in memory of Mary. Rick, Vanessa, and Audra extend their heartfelt love and gratitude for the genuine care, support, and friendship provided by Suncrest Hospice Team; Jen, Mireille, Zack, Greg, Kaycie, & Lisa. My how so very blessed we were to have them care for our wife & mother. The family requests memorial donations be made to; Westmoreland County Community College Education Foundation, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697. Donations will be used to establish an annual Nursing Scholarship in Mary's Memory. Mary’s family had entrusted her care to the Pantalone Funeral Home Inc., Greensburg.  For online condolences. visit us at Natale N. Pantalone, supervisor.

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