Obituary of Mary Leona McCarthy
Mary Leona (Grethel) McCarthy passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 14, 2018 just shy of her 102nd birthday.
She was born October 17, 1916 in Syracuse, New York, to loving parents Mary Elizabeth (Mellen) Grethel and Fred Grethel. Mary Leona was a much loved family member and friend of many. She was a reporter and regular columnist at several newspapers in Ohio, most notably the Cincinnati Post, and was a Kentucky Colonel.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, James Howard McCarthy. She is survived by her remaining sibling of five (brother), Henry Grethel and several nieces and nephews most notably for their love and care is Sharon R Checkosky, Stephen F Checkosky, Delicia Kolson and Rev James H Carey all of Syracuse.
Mary Leona requested that there would be no services or funeral. She wants everyone to remember the good times with a smile. She is now home with her family and loved ones above. The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookdale of Manlius and Loretto Cunningham 3rd floor that cared for her with love and compassion.
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