1930 - 2022
Angela Garrett, 92, passed on October 21, 2022. She was the daughter of Leo and Angeline McGeady. Her three siblings, Ellen, Mary and Dan predeceased her. She was born in New York and attended Bishop McDonnell High School, St. Catherine’s nursing school, earned a B.S. from Hunter College and an M.S. from St. John’s University.
Angela had a lifelong career as a caregiver in nursing, earning the title of nurse teacher through her advanced education. She earned her advanced education degrees while working full time and raising five children. She maintained her nursing certification until she was 90 years old.
In 1956 Angela married John, better known as Jack, Garrett. A story of their meeting and marriage was featured in Newsday after celebrating their 65th anniversary last year. They moved to New Hyde Park in 1963, living there for 55 years where they raised their children Mary, Kathy, Michael, John and Stephen. They have six grandchildren and one new great grandchild, named Jack in honor of his great granddad. They moved to Harborside in Port Washington in January 2020.
Jack referred to Angela as a “knock out”. She was beautiful. She was fiercely independent. She loved to travel and instilled that spirit in her children. She cruised to Europe with three girlfriends at the age of 26, leaving an anxious Jack Garrett on shore hoping she would return to be with him. Fortunately for all of us, she did come back and marry Jack. They traveled as a family, with friends, and together post retirement to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Caribbean and Hawaii.
Angela had deep, long lasting friendships, with some dating back to nurses training, and she relished their annual breakfast reunions. She cherished her friends and would remind us of the power of retaining those friendships, especially with good girlfriends.
She and Jack were true partners and shared the responsibilities of home and family, setting great examples for their children - somewhat unconventionally and ahead of their time. Their relationship was based on love and mutual respect. Angela’s greatest love was her family and she was happiest when surrounded by them. When Jack died, so did a piece of Angela. She was a lost soul without him and yearned to be together with him again.
Angela was a role model for what a full life could look like. We will miss her dearly.
In honor of Angela Garrett, donations will be made to St. Jude, fighting childhood cancer, covering the costs of care for families.
St Jude donation in honor of Angela Garrett
Friday, October 28
2:00 - 5:00 PM & 7:00 - 9:00 PM
New Hyde Park Funeral Home
506 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
Saturday, October 29
Holy Spirit R.C. Church
500 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY
Mount Saint Mary Cemetery
172-00 Booth Memorial Avenue, Flushing, NY