Lorraine McGinnis died on June 13, 2016, in Manahawkin, NJ, after a short illness. She is predeceased by her husband of 63 years who died less than three months ago on March 20, 2016. They were truly partners for life.
Lorraine was born in Bayonne, NJ. She graduated from Holy Family Academy, Bayonne School of Nursing and New Jersey City University where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees. She embarked on a long, illustrious career in nursing, a profession she loved and respected. +
Lorraine was also predeceased by her parents, Catherine Callahan Murray and John Murray, and brothers, John, Edward, Raymond, and Francis and sisters Bette Davis and Mae Koss. She is survived by her sisters, Catherine Davis (James) and Patricia Tanasay (Al)She is also survived by her four children, Mary Beth McGill, (Daniel)Eileen McGinnis,(Michael Laracy) Edward McGinnis(Cheryl) and John McGinnis; and six grandchildren, Daniel, Molly, Sean, Charlotte, Connor and Brock. She was so happy to meet her great granddaughter, Riley Grace whose parents Molly and Eddy Illiano welcomed into the world on May 7, 2016.
Lorraine’s nursing career was long in accomplishments. She was an instructor at St. Francis School of Nursing for many years, later becoming its Director before being appointed a Vice President of St. Francis/ St. Mary’s Hospital. Her nursing students at St. Francis remember her for her crisp, white uniforms and pristine shoes and shoelaces. Her children recall her spending long hours preparing for her classes and writing her lectures on yellow legal pads.
After retiring, Lorraine continued to be involved in the health profession and served on the Medical Center Foundation at Southern Ocean County Hospital where she was also a member of the Boosters Club.
Lorraine enjoyed many things about her life on Long Beach Island: boating and fishing with her husband, hosting dinner clubs, playing mahjong at St. Francis Community Center, volunteering at the LBI Garden Club, watching her grandchildren grow, spending time on the beach reading, and completing the New York Times crossword puzzles. Her children and grandchildren are grateful for the many gifts she gave them: memorable holidays, a passion for reading, summers at the beach and realizing the importance of family.
A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, June 17, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm with a blessing at 6:30pm from Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home, 573 Mill Creek Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.