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Herbert C. McGrath - 85

Crete, Illinois

Herbert C. McGrath. Age 85, passed peacefully at Franciscan St Margaret Hospital, Dyer IN, with family members at his side. Longtime Crete resident, formerly of Chicago’s Roseland and Historic Pullman Neighborhoods. Graduate of St Willibrord Catholic High School. United States Army Airborne Veteran. Retired from Leavitt Tube. Husband for 60 years of the late Emily nee Cervantes. Father of David McGrath, Herbert McGrath, the late Keith McGrath and Vincent McGrath. Grandfather of 9. Son of the late Irene nee Hoff and George McGrath (aka. Gustave A. Ritz). Brother of Mary Jane (late James) Mullen, the late Henry C. (late Mabel) Ritz and Gertrude (late Orville) Wiedmeyer. Loving Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Loyal friend to his beloved martial arts community. Herb's passion was the Martial Arts, and he was a student of the Martial Arts for 60+ years. He was an accomplished practitioner and instructor. He was a long time student of Taika Seiyu Oyata and was ranked as 6th Dan and member of the coveted "Oyata Shin Shu Ho" group. He was also a long time student of Tai Chi under Master Jose Perez. Herb was also a former student of Tai Chi Master Waysun Liao of Oak Park.  Family and friends will meet Thursday January 6, 2022 at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 410 Washington Street, Oak Park, IL for a funeral mass at 10:00 AM. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Herb’s name to Kankakee Catholic Charities MMP Program, 249 S. Schuyler Avenue, Suite 300, Kankakee IL 60901 would be appreciated by the McGrath family. Info Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights 708-481-9230 and

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