Jean Switzer McGrath

Profile Updated: March 11, 2015
Residing In: Lady Lake, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Ron Gugliotta
Occupation: retired
Children: Patricia Brubaker(nee McGrath)- architect; Michael McGrath- former high school jock now employed by More…NBC Sports and lives, in New CaananCT
Yes! Attending Reunion

After finishing BS in Nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1971 I moved to Boston until 1974. Met Dennis McGrath from Yonkers. We married in Lockport in 1975 and moved to Westchester where I continued employment as a home care nurse. After our children were born we built a home in Cross River(also in Westchester) I returned to NYU in 1988 and earned an MPA in Health care Administration in 191. Dennis and I separated in 1992 and eventually divorced. I worked for New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattanfrom 1995 until 1999. In 1999 I met Ron Gugliotta, a contractor, We planned to wed. However, in 2002 I suffered a devastating stroke. I remain paralyzed, essentially, on my left side.Now I am retired and on disability. Ron has hung in there with me. I wish it weren't so, but there is a silver lining. I have come to know the Lord in a powerful way and am, once again, as my family heritage proscribed, become very active in the local Methodist Church. Can you believe it? I'm still good friends with Becky (Tolhurst)- Smith and we each attended the other's daughter's wedding. My Dad turned ninety this past January and I went to his birthday party in Florida, where he winters. My brother Glen livesclose to him in Florida and hosted the party.

School Story:

Probably my favorite memories are:"Cheaper by the Dozen" freshman year at Belknap,"Stardust" sophomore year,"Tom Jones" junior year, and the one senior year (which I can't remember the name of-but I was Nancy Willard)

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Sep 23, 2019 at 9:24 AM

Posted on: Sep 22, 2019 at 4:14 PM

Happy Birthday, Lynn, fellow Floridian. This is a big one, I know. Just celebrated mine in August. Spent some time in Lockport this summer and thought about you. Hope you are well.
Jean (Switzer) McGrath

Sep 06, 2019 at 4:17 PM

Hey Becky, I was in Lockport this past weekend to escape hurricane Dorian ( which actually turned out to be a non- event, thank you Jesus, in the Villages.) Had a great time and thought about you a lot. I Remembered it was your birthday soon, but couldn't remember your exact date. So, I will have to send you a belated card.

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Aug 10, 2019 at 4:33 AM
Aug 03, 2019 at 6:09 PM

Happy early birthday, Jean. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Jun 14, 2019 at 3:04 PM

Posted on: Jun 14, 2019 at 7:16 AM

Debbie, did we really celebrate your birthday so close to the end of school? And the beginning of our summer swimming season? Remember the IBTWYPB Club?

Jan 22, 2019 at 5:28 PM

When I looked up my morning devotions today, I thought, Jan 22, now that's someone's birthday in our group from high school. I knew it wasn't Becky. I thought perhaps it was Debbo. It has been a very very long time since I heard anything from Debbie. Last I knew she was divorced and had taken a job at an American school in Southeast Asia, Viet Nam possibly. Any way, another year, another greeting to you with a wish and a prayer for a happy, healthy birthdayfor you.. Bet you are as glad as I am that I was not in Western New York this past weekend. I don't care if I never see a flake again as long as I live. I have lived in Florida for over four years now. I went to Philadelphia this past December for my granddaughter's third birthday party. I knew I would be cold; but I didn't that I would be THAT cold! I was really glad to get home, but, of course it was so great being with my two grand daughters.

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Sep 30, 2018 at 3:26 PM

Posted on: Sep 29, 2018 at 4:44 PM

Hey lynn,
Happy birthday form a long long ago friend. (Learned lately aboul the pitfalls of saying "old" friend. Miss the days of riding bikes and hanging 'round the old neighborhood. Miss 4-H too. I actually got to the Niagara County Fair last summer when I was in Lockport for the 50th reunion.

Aug 10, 2018 at 4:33 AM
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Jun 19, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Posted on: Jun 19, 2018 at 6:22 AM

Hey Debbie, I guess we are both aging. I can't quite believe the age I will be in August. Remember all the fun times we had being the So. Lockport girls? You and me, Lucia Badger, Dawn Stranges, who I really re- connected with at last year's reunion, which was lots of fun. It was great to see you and fun to know we are both Floridians now. Especially this past winter; which I hear from my Son who lives in Connecticut was "brutal" Have a splendid birthday! Jean Switzer McGrath

Apr 19, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Hey Paul,happy birthday!
- Jean (Switzer) mcGrath

Mar 17, 2018 at 5:20 PM

Can I actually be in touch with you through this site? if so, can I please have your email? Then, perhaps we could be in touch more reliably. I had a call from Becky a few weeks ago and we had a long chat. She and David rented an apartment in New York City for a season, which financially precluded a trip to Florida this year. They came to FL about this time last year and visited me for a day. They got to see our house here and I took them on a tour of this amazing community where I live. they were staying at David's brother's in Daytona. I hoped they would come and stay with me for a week this winter. There is so much here to see and do that it can't be done justice in just a day. I am so busy! My calendar is chock full all the time. I keep telling myself that I should slow down some(after all- this retirement) but I have gotten so entrenched with so many groups(mostly related to the Methodist Church) that I hate to disappoint my new friends by is somewhat strange though because many of my friends are here seasonally, just in the winter months and I always say, it's strange that half my friends move away for half the year. I do wish i were so lucky too that I could afford two places to live, one in the North to be closer to children and grandchildren, and one here to enjoy the winter months with no snow and ice. But I do feel blessed to live here. I was wondering yesterday about Annette and Andy. I know the place where Andy and I worked together moved their offices to Hartford.Somehow I think I remembered hearing that he and his wife moved back to where his wife was from, somewhere near Syracuse. Anyway, I would absolutely love to hear from you, but in the meanwhile I hope you have a very very happy birthday!
love you,
Jean Switzer McGrath

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Jan 16, 2019 at 5:54 AM

Posted on: Jan 22, 2018 at 1:29 PM

Happy birthday Mike. How are you enjoying life in Texas? Did your granddaughters move with you? or are you just really really missing seeing them frequently/ I miss mine greatly now that I live in Florida- which is just great. 72 degrees and sunny today, which, if memory serves, was never great weather on your birthday(I remember the parties!)in Lockport. I have two granddaughters, Anna 4 and Emmie, 2 who belong to my daughter and live in Philadelphia. My son Mike has a two year old little guy and they live in Connecticut so i am so very far away.

Aug 10, 2017 at 4:33 AM
Jul 03, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Dawn, are you coming to the 50th reunion? I would love to re-connect with you and know more about your book.
-Jean Switzer McGrath

Jun 23, 2017 at 12:58 PM

I Live in Lady Lake, FL in a section which is actually part of The Villages. Perhaps you've heard of it? See you in July. - Jean

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Posted on: Jun 20, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Hope you will be at the reunion this year. I am planning to be there. We can compare notes on living in Florida. - Jean (Switzer) McGrath

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Jun 06, 2017 at 8:33 PM

this list is just getting way too long!

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