Susan McGrath-Grosso, 51, passed away Oct. 31, 2012, at St. James Healthcare surrounded by her family, after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
She was born June 23, 1961, in Puerto Rico at the Ramey Air Force Base to George “Dan” McGrath and Jean Martin-McGrath. She traveled extensively with her family until her father retired from the Air Force and they settled in Butte in 1974.
She graduated from high school and went on to receive her certification as an LPN from Butte Vo-Tech. She then attended Carroll College and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s of arts degree as a registered nurse.
Susie immediately began her nursing career as a RN at St. James Healthcare. She worked in many different departments, including ER, ICU, telemetry, oncology and ended up in dialysis for the last five years of her tenure at St. James. She then went to work as a traveling nurse, bringing her to many small hospitals throughout Montana.
During this time she began working on her master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Her passion for caring for the geriatric population then brought her to work in local skilled nursing facilities, including Deer Lodge, Butte Convalescent Center, and Crest Nursing Home. Most recently, she found her niche working at Big Sky Senior Living where she loved caring for and making friends with the residents. The enthusiasm she had for caring for the sick and elderly was evident from the many friends she made throughout the years. She touched many lives throughout her professional career.
She met the love of her life, Tino Grosso, in the spring of 1984. They spent the next 28 years together, raising two daughters and were blessed with six grandchildren. Spending time with them brought an incredible amount of joy into her life. Her love for skiing lead her to many wonderful years of ski trips, teaching her grandchildren the sport for which she had so much passion. She also loved showing her family the wonders of Yellowstone, where she found much peace and tranquility.
She was preceded in death by her father, George “Dan” McGrath; her sister, Debbie Hollow; aunt, Rosie Anderson; and uncles, Bill Thompson, Russ Smathers and Jerry McGrath.
She is survived by her spouse, Tino Grosso; daughters and son-in-law, Terri and Sam Rubick, and Carissa Little; mother, Jean McGrath; and her grandchildren, Tristan and Taylor Little, Nicole and Kyle Carter, Haley Rubick and Bridgitt Campbell. Surviving siblings are Dan McGrath and his children, Lane, Mackenzie, Danny, and Allie; and her brother and sister in-law, Jim and Tracy McGrath and their children, Kaitlyn, Karson, and Kari. Her sister’s children include John, Mindy, Kaylie and Jordan Hollow. Her brothers and sisters-in-law include Dr. Antone and Joanne Grosso, and Dr. James and Marilynn Novak. She is also survived by her aunts and uncles, Ed and Patsy Harrington, Joan Thompson, Bill and Katie Halvorson, Lee Anderson, Bertha Smathers, Jack McGrath and Carol McGrath.
There are many other nieces, nephews and cousins in Butte, Billings, Glendive, Great Falls, Oregon, California, Colorado and Texas.
Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Our Lady of the Rocky Foundation in Susie’s name.
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