Jennifer McGrail, 42, formerly of Grafton


Obit Jennifer McGrailKeene, N.H./Grafton – Jennifer Jane (Goguen) McGrail, 42, formerly of Grafton, passed peacefully in her sleep Thursday, April 21, 2016 after battling breast cancer for three years.

Jen was a vibrant, ambitious wife and mother who leaves a wonderful legacy for her family and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 10 years, Andrew J. McGrail, also formerly of Grafton, and her two loving sons, Adam and Lucas. Her loving parents, Ellen and Philip Goguen, and in-laws Gail and Lawrence McGrail, all of Grafton, also survive her. Niece of Margaret Paris, William (Joan) Paris, Penelope (Robert) Smart, Allen (Sharleen) Goguen, and Betty (John) Bartosiewicz. Sister-in-law of Eugene McGrail, Maureen (Randy) Fritz, and Matthew McGrail (Mary). A niece, Lily Fritz, and a nephew, Conor McGrail, many loving cousins, as well as numerous dear friends and neighbors, also survive her.

The family would like to thank all who sent Jen their good wishes on CaringBridge, GoFundMe, the 2015 Face-off Against Cancer, and at the 2016 Keene Red Cap Run held in her honor. Many thanks also for the kindness of those who took Jen into Boston for her treatments at Dana Farber.

Born in California and raised in Grafton, Jen resided with Andy and the boys in Keene, N.H. She was a 1995 graduate of Skidmore College, earning a BA in English, with a minor in Dance. She was a Senior Content Project Manager with Cengage Publishing at their Boston office, showing her strength as she continued to work as much as possible up until her passing. She took pleasure in all things dance, doing choreography and directing children’s plays as an active member of The Westborough Players Club during the 1990s. She loved literature and enjoyed hiking and being in the outdoors, but, most of all, Jen loved her family and cherished her boys.

The family asks that flowers not be sent due to allergies in the family. All who wish are offered the opportunity to remember Jen with donations in her memory to the Adam and Lucas McGrail Trust Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 15 Main St., Keene, NH 03431.

All are invited to gather and support her family at calling hours Monday, April 25, from 4-7 p.m., at the Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St. (Routes 140 & 122) in North Grafton. A guestbook for condolences and to share memories is available at A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Jen Tuesday, April 26, at 11 .m., in St. Mary’s Church, 17 Waterville St. (Route 30) in North Grafton. Those attending the Mass on Tuesday are respectfully asked to meet at the church.