Mary Geraldine (Gerry) McGinnis

Mary Geraldine (Gerry) McGinnis, 97, of Punxsutawney, died on Friday, April 12th at her home in the west end of Punxsutawney, surrounded by several of her daughters.

The daughter of Carrie Lee of Arkansas and James O’Connor of Punxsutawney, Gerry was born on September 30, 1921 in Malvern, Arkansas.

She was a direct descendent of the famous Lee family of Virginia, that included such notable Americans as Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Lighthorse Harry Lee and Robert E. Lee.

On September 5th, 1940, she married Edward J. McGinnis, who preceded her in death in 1987.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by two brothers, James O’Connor and William O’Connor, two sons-in-law; Lawrence Luketich and William Bood, and one daughter-in-law, Wyonetta McGinnis.

Raised primarily in Arkansas, she was the last surviving graduate of the SSCD High School Class of 1939.

She attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, and lived her entire adult life in the west end of Punxsutawney.

For many years she worked alongside her husband at their tavern, The Midway Inn in Punxsutawney.

Her life’s vocation was that of Mother.

Gerry is survived by six daughters: Mary Lee Bood of Mystic, CT; Anne Gallite of Lewes, DE; Patricia McGinnis of San Francisco; Judy McGinnis of Punxsutawney; Ellen (Daniel) Vendel of Mayville, NY; Dr. Kathleen (Jeffrey) McGinnis-Fu of Macungie, PA; and one son, Edward J. McGinnis, Jr, (Marilyn), of Punxsutawney. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her family, she is survived by a chorus of angel caregivers, most of whom have provided care for her in her home for the past seven years; Denise Himes, Julie Smith, Diana Hallman, Heather Smith, Sandi Dixon, Kayla Miller, and Holly Davis.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home in Punxsutawney, where friends will be received from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 16th, with a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM.

Friends will also be received from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 17th at Saints Cosmas & Damian Church in Punxsutawney, where a Funeral Mass will be officiated by Monsignor Joseph Riccardo at 11:00AM.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to contribute to one of Gerry’s three favorite charities:

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), 650 Harrison Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107 (www.canhr.org)

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org)

St. Anthony’s Guild, 144 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001 (www.stanthonysguild.org)

Friends and family may express condolences at the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home website, www.faitfuneralhome.com.


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