Elizabeth (Beezie) M. McGann, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2020, age 89 years at Cardinal Village in Sewell, NJ. She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years and 5 months, Albert R. McGann, Sr. as well as her parents Frank J. Bainger & Margaret (O’Neill) & sister Margaret McCool (William). Beezie was a loving mother & grandmother and will be terribly missed by her 9 children, 17 grandchildren & 12 great grandchildren as follows: Judy Rocks (Jim) parents of Bridget Stankoski (Mike)-2 sons & 2 daughters, Jimmy, III (Kerry)-2 daughters, Colleen Slotman (Matt)-2 sons & 1 daughter, Bernadette; Meg Mehorter (Rob) parents of Megan LaPorta (Mike)-2 sons; Albert, Jr. father of Al, Katie Campi (Gerry), Christie; Lorri Dampf (John-deceased) mother of Jonathan (Kristi)-1 daughter, Christopher; Jackie Walls (David) parents of Sarah & Catherine; Dolores; Frank; Liz Badurina (Jay Parisien) mother of Nick Kupstas, Nathan Kupstas & Matthew Badurina; and Jeanette Donahue (Scott) parents of Owen & Olivia. She will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
Elizabeth (Beezie), born on May 14, 1930, was the daughter of Frank and Margaret Bainger and younger sister of Mickey. Beezie was born and raised in the Olney section of Philadelphia above her father’s butcher shop and was surrounded by extended family, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. Upon graduating from St. Helena’s grade school, Beezie attended Little Flower High School where she played the bass drum in her high school band. After graduation, Bea was courted by a handsome Navy seaman, Al McGann, whom she met at a neighborhood dance. After serving 2 years on a Naval aircraft carrier during the Korean War, Al made his way cross country from California by train to see his beautiful fiancé. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1952.
Beeziie started her life with Al in a 3 bedroom row home, where, after the 7th child, moved to a 6 bedroom home where she had 2 more children, twin girls, at the age of 41. She remained in Olney for 36 years. Holidays, milestones and birthdays were always celebrated on a grand scale! Friends and family were always welcome. Mom always said, “Just add another plate to the table.” Sunday mornings were special where guests were welcome to join in a feast of donuts, butter cake, salt rolls, bacon sandwiches, eggs (any way one liked them) and reheated coffee! Her children grew and played throughout the neighborhood. All graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School. They got jobs, travelled, some married and bought homes and soon had children of their own.
With the children gone the 6 bedroom house became too big. They downsized to a rancher in Wyndmoor, PA where they resided for 13 years. It was a beautiful sun-filled home, a fun place for grandchildren to visit and play. It was Mom’s favorite house! With this move, a new career developed, where she worked for Amtrak as a Reservation Agent for 10 years.
In April of 2002, Al and Beezie moved to a 55 and over community in New Jersey to be closer to their children. Dad passed away 2 weeks after moving to NJ. Mom kept going and continued to work at Amtrak. She continued to be surrounded by her loving family and was thrilled to welcome more grandchildren and great grandchildren into the world for the next 18 years.
Mom’s favorite past times were entertaining & visiting with family, taking car rides with loved ones and dining out. She continued to have a good sense of fun and expressed her love through phone calls, cards and handing out dollar bills to every grandchild who entered her door. Mom’s strong sense of faith, belief & love of family has been passed down to her children and will be carried forward in the generations to come. We will truly miss you.
In lieu of flowers, please send checks payable to Divine Providence Village. Mail to: Jean Calvarese-Donovan, Administrator, Divine Providence Village, 686 Old Marple Road, Springfield, PA 19064.
Due to the current health crisis, Funeral Services are being held privately.
A Celebration of Life Mass will held at a later date when Covid-19 measures are lifted.
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