Mrs. Martha "Marty" McGonagle

Mrs. Martha "Marty" McGonagle


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Martha McGonagle, 88, who died on Monday, September 2, 2019. She was a resident of Florida Presbyterian Homes in Lakeland, FL and was the widow of Rev. L. Lester “Les” McGonagle.

Martha, known as “Marty,” was born in Vermont and graduated from Boston University. After graduation she undertook a short term mission trip where she met her future husband. Les served 42 years in ministry, pastoring the following churches in New York: Lake Mahopac and Mount Hope; Buchanan & Boscobel; Lynbrook; Community UMC in North Yonkers; and Hyde Park. When Les retired, he and Marty relocated to Lakeland, FL and continued to serve God at the College Heights UMC.

Martha was a loving, kind, faithful, devoted Christian. She enjoyed volunteering and helping people her whole life. Marty continued to volunteer after her husband’s death in 2015.

Martha was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Lester, and her son, Stephen. She is survived by her sister, Hildegard; her devoted daughter, Becky; and her five grandchildren, Kristin, Alyssa, Lindsay, Brendan and Joel.

A memorial and celebration of her life took place on Saturday, September 14th, at College Heights UMC in Lakeland, FL. 

A New York celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:00am at the Chapel at Union Valley Cemetery, 743 Union Valley Road, Mahopac, NY, with Rev. Martha Epstein officiating. Interment of her ashes will take place immediately following the service. Please note that the chapel is unheated so people who attend should dress accordingly.