Wanda Ann McGinn

July 1, 1938 ~ May 10, 2020 (age 81)


Wanda Ann Lichtenstein McGinn passed away on Mother’s Day, May 10th, 2020 at her home in New Orleans following a long illness. She was preceded in death by her parents Eiler Philip Lichtenstein and Lirlind Lichtenstein Moskaw as well as her brother, Eiler P. Lichtenstein, Jr. (Camille). She is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years Thomas Terrell McGinn; her sons, Thomas Terrell McGinn, Jr. (Nanette), Sean Patrick McGinn and Eiler Michael McGinn; her daughter Mary Elizabeth McGinn (Paul Soniat); her beloved grandchildren, Kevin Patrick McGinn (Addison) and Laura Elizabeth McGinn; sister-in-law Maureen McGinn Seabury; brother-in-law Rev. Anthony McGinn, S.J., and many other family and friends who will forever cherish her memory.
Mrs. McGinn was a devout Catholic. She will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother who dedicated her life to her family. She loved to cook, watch the Saints, eat her favorite Popeyes fried chicken and spend time at their summer home in Waveland, MS.
Following Hurricane Katrina and until the day she passed, Mrs. McGinn grieved more about losing the house in Waveland than the family home in Lakeview. Wanda and Tom were forced to leave their home of 30 years and move to the French Quarter. Wanda took to the lifestyle of the quarter like a duck to water. Walking to the many nearby shops and restaurants were one of her pleasures. Even on the hottest days she would arrive home in her linen blouse looking like it just came from the laundry. Her viewing stand for Mardi Gras was her front porch, which attracted many old friends and gained some new ones. When walking became difficult she enjoyed the peacefulness of her courtyard.
The buggy ride in the Historic French Quarter Easter Parade was one of her fondest memories. Her love for music was exemplified in the many hours she would entertain herself and the family tickling the ivories. Pre-Katrina, she loved to drive throughout the south looking for those treasured collectibles that she could not live without. Every day she enjoyed looking at and using her many antique collectibles.
Wanda was a member of many organizations in the French Quarter. Her favorite was the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre’. She was a recipient of their Daisy Todd Award for outstanding service.
The family would like to thank the wonderful people of Notre Dame Hospice, especially her outstanding nurse, Deborah Chapman and her sidekick Milagros (Mimi) Calix.
Wanda McGinn’s passing has left a void in our hearts and she will be greatly missed.
There are no services or memorial events scheduled at this time.
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