Joe McGinn obituary

Posted: 12/14/2017 - by Charlie Narmi

Joe McGinn

The St. Albert family is deeply saddened by the passing of Joe McGinn.  Joe, and wife, Mary Lou, were very strong supporters of St. Albert through the years - in many different capacities.  Not only was Joe a parent to children that graduated from St. Albert in the 70's, 80's and 90's, he was a Freddy Falcon award winner and is in the St. Albert Hall of Recognition.  Please keep Mary Lou, all of their children and the entire extended McGinn family in your prayers this week and please pray for the repose of Joe's soul...

Eternal rest grant unto Joe o' Lord: And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May Joe rest in peace. Amen

May Joe's soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God our Father rest in peace. Amen


Joseph Francis McGinn

Joe McGinn

Joseph Francis McGinn, 87, of Council Bluffs, passed away peacefully December 13, 2017, after an extended illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Lou (O’Connor) McGinn. He was loving father to Daniel (Patti Salvo-McGinn), William, Molly, M. Kate, Kevin, the late Margaret “Peggy” McGinn, Sheila (John) Taphorn and Jennifer (Brian) Healy, and was much-loved grandfather to John, Andrew, Connor, Ryan, Madeline, Catherine, Jack, Eamon and Declan. He had ten siblings: Katherine Ahrens, the late Mary Burke, the late Albert Jr., Rev. Daniel McGinn, SSC, the late John McGinn, Edmund McGinn, the late Elizabeth Morrissey, Peter McGinn, Monica Corbitt, and Sr. Mary Daniel (Rose) McGinn, OSB. He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Kathleen (Keppner) McGinn. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

A lifelong resident of Council Bluffs, McGinn attended St. Peter Grade School and St. Francis High School, graduating in 1947. He completed his undergraduate degree at Creighton University in 1951, and student taught history at Omaha Central High School. He was working at Mutual of Omaha when he received his draft notice in 1952, and served in the Korean War. Upon returning to civilian life, he re-enrolled at Creighton and graduated from law school in 1957. He was a lifelong fan of Bluejay basketball.

Upon graduation, he joined McGinn & McGinn, the law firm his parents founded. He and his brother, Ed, carried on their parents’ legacy to grow the firm into a successful practice that is still thriving today as The McGinn Law Firm. He married Mary Lou O’Connor of Imogene, Iowa, on June 27, 1959.

Throughout his life, McGinn was a staunch supporter of Catholic education in Council Bluffs, serving as board member and president of the St. Albert School Board and the St. Albert Educational Foundation. He was also past president of the Pottawattamie County Bar Association, and a longtime member of the Serra Club. In addition to St. Albert and Creighton, he supported a variety of charities, including the Alzheimer’s Association and Autism Speaks. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Democratic Party. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting with Bookfellows - his book club, participated in the Korean War Honor Flight, and represented the Korean War in the 2016 Veterans’ Day Parade.

Visitation from 4-7pm with a Scriptorial Wake at 6pm on Friday, December 15th with Father Mike Berner at Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory in Council Bluffs.

Mass of Christian Burial at 11am on Saturday, December 16th at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Council Bluffs with Father Dan Krettek.  Burial to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Council Bluffs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Peggy McGinn Memorial Scholarship Fund at the St. Albert Educational Foundation (400 Gleason Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA 51503), the Vocational Development Center (612 S. Main St, Council Bluffs IA 51503), CHI Health Mercy Hospital Mission Fund (800 Mercy Drive, Council Bluffs, IA 51503), or

Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory Bayliss Park Chapel


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