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Mary Catherine Grasso
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Obituary for Mary Catherine Grasso

Mary Catherine Grasso, 74, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Relatives and friends are invited to the O'Boyle Funeral Home, 309 Broad St. Bloomfield, N.J., for visitation on Monday Nov. 6th from 4-8 p.m. and a memorial service on Tuesday Nov. 7th at 11 a.m.

Cathy was predeceased by her husband Gregory Grasso, and by her parents Russell Nixon and Veronica (Golden) Nixon of Bloomfield and Highland Lakes, N.J. She leaves her daughter Kristin Grasso, of Livingston, N.J., brother Russell Nixon Jr., his wife Claytona Nixon, and their daughter Leslie-Anne Nixon of Raleigh, N.C., beloved cousins Jeanne Golden of Linden, N.J., John Golden of Woodbridge, N.J. and many other beloved family members.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Cathy was a longtime resident of Livingston. She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Caldwell College, and her M.S. in Molecular Biology from Rutgers University. Cathy worked in the pharmaceutical industry for her entire career, starting at Schering-Plough, then onto Parke-Davis, Warner-Lambert, before retiring from Pfizer as a Director in Scientific and Regulatory Affairs.

Cathy was one of the earliest survivors of pioneering open heart surgery as a child. She was an accomplished cook and baker and for many years, the nexus of family holiday celebrations. Throughout her life she enjoyed crossword puzzles and persevered as a devoted Yankees fan. An extremely enthusiastic reader and library patron, she also revelled in keeping up to date with the latest technology. She was an excellent great-mom to the family cats. We will dearly miss Cathy's honed wit, generous heart, and fierce determination.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local animal shelter.


Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

6

Nov

4:00 AM - 8:00 PM
O'Boyle Funeral Home

309 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Service

Tuesday

7

Nov

11:00 AM
O'Boyle Funeral Home

309 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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