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Genevieve McGinnis

Genevieve "Genny" McGinnis

Thursday, March 27th, 1930 - Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Genevieve McGinnis
Zaagimaakwe (Head Water Spirit Lady)
Zhiishiib Ododeman

With intense sorrow we announce the passing of Genevieve, (Genny) our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend on January 30, 2020.
Genny grew up at Long Sault as a child then moved to Manitou Rapids where she met and married Harold (Hank) McGinnis. They spent 49 years together and welcomed 6 children.

She is survived by 5 of her children; Leona, Beverly (Allan), Agnes (Gilbert), Sonny (Mirinda) and Willie (Tina). Grandchildren; Jason, Marty, Joal , Robin, Genny, Katie, Justin, Cote, Todd, Jilana, Shana, Dylan, Melissa and Ruthann. Great Grandchildren; Bryton, Divina, Paige, Oshyn, Bayzhik, Brandon, Rowdy, Caden, Hank, Mila, Kayla, Mya, William, Carter, Daeton, Tianna, Ari, Kennedy, Markus, Animikii, Jaelin, Jersey, Dallas, Ian, Jaden, Rena, Rya, Laney, Destiny, Reece, Harmony, Joshua, Journey, Serenity, Kasin. Great, Great grandchildren; Karson, Novalee, Theo, Nyah and August.

She is also survived by her siblings; Willie Wilson (Carol) and Roberta Sinclair (John Wayne), Aunt Mary Ellen Miller (Bob) and Uncle Ben Harrison.
Genny had a big heart adopting other children into her life over the years including Donna Morrisseau and her large extended family.
She was predeceased by her husband Hank, son Darrell, grandsons Joshua, Ian, adopted sons John Copenace, Adrian Perrault and great grandson Justin Jr.

Genny had a very special and unique relationship with each grandchild as she celebrated births, birthdays, barbecues and family gatherings with all.
When Genny was done raising her children, she went back to school to complete a degree in Native Language at Lakehead University. She was the first Native Language Consultant for Rainy River Board of Education. She created the first ever curriculum for Anishinaabemowin for K-12 in Ontario. She made many long lasting friends throughout her career with students, teachers and principals.

You could always recognize Genny by how gracefully she carried herself and the way she would dress.
After retirement, Genny represented her community on the Weechi-it-te-win Elder’s Committee for many years and attended many Treaty # 3 elders’ meetings sharing her wisdom.

Genny had a circle of friends at her favorite game of Bingo and as she got older, her grandchildren Ruthann and Justin would take her. She was a big fan of fiddle and country music, she loved gospel music that her parents sang and her favorite song was “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” done in both English and Anishinaabemowin. She had a love for pow wows and loved to travel.

Genny was an avid fan of sports and loved to watch her family play fastball.
Genny’s love for the Creator was private, she acknowledged and gave thanks in her own way every day.
Genny will be so missed by her family and friends.

Her Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, February 5th from 11am- 2pm at Northridge Funeral Home, Emo Ontario with a final meal for friends and relatives at Emo Legion following.
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    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Northridge Funeral Home Ltd
    6446 Hwy 11
    EMO, ON P0W 1E0
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    A service of celebration will be held at the funeral home from 11-2 p.m.
  • Reception

    Royal Canadian Legion Emo
    emo, ON


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Celeste McQuaker

Posted at 03:13pm
So very hear to hear of Mrs McGinnis' passing. She was the EA in my kindergarten class at Donald Young in Emo many years ago. I still remember fondly the care and attention she showed each student. She was a remarkable spirit and the embodiment of grace and kindness. We are all far better off for her contributions to our community.

Ruth Teeple

Posted at 09:35am
Bob and I offer our condolences to the whole family. She and her smile will be missed.

Grace Silander

Posted at 11:45am
Heaven has gained a precious angel. Ginny was always such a joy to be around. Spoke to her at the hospital a few weeks ago and she knew me just like old times. She never lost her humour.
My sincere condolences to the entire family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time

Gemma Lamonato

Posted at 01:46pm
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Posted at 05:35pm
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