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In Memoriam: Margaret L. McGinness


Margaret L. McGinness, 94, formerly of Harvey, IL and Homewood, IL, passed away Thursday, May 20. 2021. She was born February 16, 1927 in Lone Tree, IA, daughter of the late Harry and Myrna Stock.

She graduated Lone Tree High School as was valedictorian of her class and continued to Mercy Nursing School in Iowa to become a registered nurse. During her nursing school days, she became involved with WACS during WWII.

After nursing school, Margaret married Warren McGinness on February 14, 1948, in Iowa City, IA. Shortly they moved to Chicago and eventually Harvey, IL where Margaret spent most of her career as a registered nurse at Ingalls Memorial Hospital. She even served as the City of Harvey Health Inspector. After living in Harvey they eventually settled in Homewood, IL.

Margaret and Warren enjoyed many trips to Europe and their vacation home in Estero, FL. She also enjoyed watching birds and gardening.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Edwin) Harrison and Doris (Andrje) McGinness-Karpenko; grandchildren, Shannon (Brandon) Buckley, Brendan Harrison, Colleen Grimes and Katie Grimes as well as her friend and caregiver, Joanna.

Along with her parents Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Warren; granddaughter, Erin Harrison; siblings, Betty Schnoebelan and William Stock and dear friend, Bill Miller.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 4 PM – 7 PM at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506. A private burial will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Scholarships that Support Nursing Students:

Edward & Gladys (Stoddard) Arenkill Nursing & Medical Education Scholarship Endowment Fund
Hamling Family Nursing Scholarship Fund
Irene & Marie Oberwwis Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund
Judy Whinfrey Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund
Richard James & William Alfred Wulff Scholarship Endowment Fund

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