Marcella Carmel (Baker) McGinnis, 90, of Wheeling, was peacefully born to eternal life on Friday, February 2, 2018.
She was born June 27, 1927 in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Norbert L. and Angela (Stenger) Baker.
In addition to her parents, Marcella was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Wendle McGinnis in 2016; a brother, Norbert L. “Bud” Baker; and her sisters, Mary Lou Raab, Angela Gaynor and Anna Marie McGlumphy.
She was Catholic by faith and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy in Wheeling; a former employee of the C & P Telephone Co.; a volunteer at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and a homemaker. Her special secret was her sincere enjoyment of life. Her family, her faith, travels, meeting people, the outdoors, flowers, dancing, crosswords, bingo, music and life’s challenges- were all met with a positive attitude. Whether you knew her as Marcella, Mom, Mimi or LaLa- you could count on her (even when times were difficult) for a hug, a smile and unconditional love, support and acceptance. She always felt that her family was her special blessing, but in fact, she was the one who was a blessing to all of us.
Marcella is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Joseph) Gompers; her granddaughter, Kelly (Christopher) Lohri of Wheeling; her grandson, Michael (Kelly) Gompers of Philadelphia, PA; four great-grandchildren, Michael and Jackson Gompers, Addison and Joshua Lohri; her brother, Joe (Veneida) Baker; brother-in-law, Jim McGinnis; and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, where rosary devotions will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Nursing Home Chapel, 158 Edgington Lane, Wheeling, with Rev. John Beckley, S.M., as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
A special thanks to Dr. Mercer and Valley Hospice for their compassionate care of her and her family and to the Clara Welty staff and neighbors for their support, love and friendship during the last few years. In Marcella’s words, “I’m so lucky to have such nice people around me.” Memorial contributions may be made to the Clara Welty Apartments or Valley Hospice, or online by going to www.TMC Funding.com.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.