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Helen A. McGinty

Seneca, Kansas

05/09/1926 - 07/06/2020

Helen A. McGinty, 94, of Seneca passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital.

Helen was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on May 9, 1926 to John and Frances Josephine Bodde Heintzelman. She grew up in the Leavenworth community and attended Sacred Heart Grade School in Leavenworth and graduated in 1944 from Immaculate High School in Leavenworth. She joined the United States Cadet Nurse Core and received her education at St. Mary’s College and St. John’s Hospital in Leavenworth to become a Registered Nurse in 1947.

She married James E. McGinty on October 14, 1950 at Sacred Heart Church in Leavenworth.

Helen worked at Nemaha Valley Community Hospital from 1952 to 1987. She worked as a Floor Nurse, Surgical Nurse, and the Director of Nursing before becoming the Administrator in 1976, a position she held for eleven years prior to her retirement on July 15, 1987.

Helen was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, the Altar Society, the church choir and a Eucharistic minister. Helen enjoyed social coffee gatherings at local establishments, playing bridge, bowling and a good Royals game.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James McGinty; brothers, James D. Heintzelman and Charles Heintzelman; and a daughter-in-law, Trish McGinty.

She is survived by three sons, Dan McGinty of St. George, Tom (Waneta) McGinty of Spring, Texas and Steve McGinty of Casper, Wyoming; a daughter, Mary (Gary) Sparling of Seneca; a sister, Dolores Kennedy of Tempe, Arizona; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be left in Helen’s memory to Nemaha Valley Community Hospital or Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery.


A rosary will be prayed Friday, morning at 10:A.M. July 10, 2020  at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.

Memorials may be left in Helen’s memory to Nemaha Valley Community Hospital or Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery.


The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, July 10, 2020 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca.

Memorials may be left in Helen’s memory to Nemaha Valley Community Hospital or Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery.


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  1. Paul and Marilyn Boeding on July 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Helen was a beautiful and special person. She was so kind to my mother.
    I know she will be missed by many.
    Our thoughts and prayers for the family.

  2. Donna (Boeding) Maskil on July 7, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Dan and family,

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May she rest in the arms of the angels.

  3. Karen Bradley on July 7, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    My deepest sympathy Mary and Gary with the passing of Helen. As a nurse, in my younger day, she scared the be Jesus out of me but later as a bowling buddy I came to feel blessed getting to spend those years around her. When I told her how she had me scared in the hospital she had a great laugh about that. Helen will be missed by so many but that just shows how many lives she touched. Prayers to all the families. 🙏

    • Joan Lueger on July 8, 2020 at 10:32 am

      So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a kind, smart woman and did so much for the community, especially in making sure our community continued to have access to good medical care. She was instrumental in bringing our family back to Seneca and was so welcoming. Our deepest sympathies to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Pam on July 7, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    So much love to you all is sent by my family. Lov ya

  5. Terry Leseberg on July 8, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Our sympathy goes out to your family. Helen was such a special person to Larry and I and an extra Grandma to our 3 daughters. We have lots of wonderful memories of both Helen and Jim.

  6. Greg Hulsing on July 8, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Sweet lady..new family well..will miss her..🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏2 all the families

  7. Tina roe on July 11, 2020 at 10:56 am

    I sure miss her coming to get coffee at McDonald’s

  8. Butch and Vicki Groff Haverkamp on July 13, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    To the family of Helen McGinty….you all have our deepest condolences in the passing of your beloved mother, Helen. She was a wonderful woman and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to her through the years. What a rich, long life she was blessed with. I pray her memories will comfort you all through the years and bring you joy and laughter (and a few tears) till you see her again with the Lord.

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