Susan McGrath -Grosso, 51

2012-11-04T00:00:00Z Susan McGrath -Grosso, 51 Montana Standard
November 04, 2012 12:00 am

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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  1. danielkunz
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    danielkunz - November 15, 2012 12:51 pm
    Dear Tino
    We are saddened to hear of your loss. We send our thoughts and prayers.
    Dan Kunz and Carol Castiglioni Kunz
  2. Jammie
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    Jammie - November 10, 2012 7:05 am
    Dear Tino and Family, So Sorry for loss,words can not express...My thoughts and prayers are with you all,in this time of healing,and pain.What a wonderful person,she was a giver forsure.She touched alot of us and kept us on our toes?!I was'nt aware of her pain and suffering,my you rest in Suz,we will forever cherish the memeories made...If theres anything I can do help let me know?Till we meet again Suz!Peace be with all the family and friends
  3. lpn1butte
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    lpn1butte - November 06, 2012 6:59 pm
    My deepest sympathy goes out to Susie's family. My prayers are with you. Susie was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed.
    Judie Brown
  4. Kerry Raffath-Layton
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    Kerry Raffath-Layton - November 04, 2012 5:20 pm
    Dear Tino & Family,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Susie's passing. She was such a remarkable woman. I have many fun memories of her and you at the M&M. What great times those were. I am so very sorry for your loss. Wish I was closer so that I could go to the services for her. Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers now and always. Wish there were something I could do for you.
    Kerry Raffath-Layton
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    caroltr - November 04, 2012 1:42 pm
    My Dear Friend Jean,
    I am so sorry to hear of Susie's passing. I remember what a beautiful girl . God bless you and your family. No mother should have to bury her children.
    God will take care of her and also you and your family.
    Carol Trevena
  6. maxsmom
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    maxsmom - November 04, 2012 1:46 am
    "Say not, in grief, that she has gone,
    But give thanks that she was yours."

    Dear Tino & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Susie's passing. No words can take away your pain, just know I am thinking of you in your time of sadness. God bless you and watch over you. Rest in Peace Susie, you left this Earth way to soon, but God had other plans for you.

    Janice & Curly Muniz

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