Loretta Mae Rondeau McGinnis, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home, on March 9, 2018. Loretta was born July 28, 1929 in Burriville, Rhode Island to Adolphe and Mary Ellen (Darby) Rondeau. She grew up in Rhode Island and worked there until she joined the Air Force in 1955. While stationed at Andrews AFB, she met her future husband, Francis Xavier McGinnis and they married in 1956. Over the next 16 years, Frank had many assignments. Loretta left active duty to raise her family. Mary Ellen was born in Washington, DC in 1957 and Frances was born in England in 1959. Returning to the states in 1968, they were stationed at Scott AFB in Illinois.
When the AFCS Headquarters moved from Scott AFB to Richards-Gebaur in 1970, the family lived on the base until Frank retired in 1972 and then they moved to Grandview. After Frank died in 1988, Loretta moved to Lee’s Summit to be close to her daughter, Frances.
Loretta was a devout Catholic, was a long term parishioner of St. Matthews in Kansas City, Missouri and later, Holy Spirit in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She was always ready to help with various projects, be it at school or church. She was a wonderful mother, a talented seamstress, a creative cook, an avid gardener, and made beautiful ceramics. She loved to socialize with various groups such as “Les Chapeaux Rouges” (Red Hatters). She was known for her fashionable style and kind heart. She will be missed by her many friends and family.
Loretta is survived by her 2 daughters, Dr. Mary Ellen McGinnis of Kansas City, Mo and Frances McGinnis of Lee’s Summit, Mo, a nurse anesthetist, both practicing at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, five brothers and one sister.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to be sent to Bishop Sullivan Center 6435 Truman Road, KCMO 64126. www.bishopsullivan.org.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church 1800 State Route 150, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64082. The Rosary will be prayed at 10:00 am followed by a visitation until the beginning of the service. Loretta’s cremated remains will be interred in a private family ceremony, at Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.