Thomas (Tom) Francis McGinn

Nov. 11, 1950 – Jan. 28, 2014

Thomas (Tom) Francis McGinn, 63, of Oconomowoc, passed away on the morning of January 28, 2014, after a courageous year-long battle against ALS and cancer.

He was born to John (Jack) and Frances McGinn on November 11, 1950, in Sterling, Ill. Tom graduated from Bergan High School in Peoria, Ill., and received a BS in biology from Loyola University in Chicago. He married Sharon Catalano on September 3, 1977, in Pittsburgh and later settled in the Oconomowoc area in 1986, where they raised their three children.

Thomas worked at GE as an inventory specialist, which afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively to many countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Australia. He later worked for the Target Distribution Center in Oconomowoc. Thomas was passionate about history, politics and world affairs. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Wisconsin Badgers fan. He adored and was most proud of his children and grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed traveling by train with his wife out West to visit his son and grandson.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Sharon; his three children, Jennifer (Abe) Ryder of Barrington, Ill., Michael McGinn of Moab, Utah, and Katie (Armando) Diaz of Madison; and his five grandchildren: Evan, Alexandra and Nolan Ryder; Cade McGinn, and Adrian Diaz (expected to be born on March 15). He is also survived by his parents, Jack and Frances McGinn of Peoria; sisters Mary (Aral) Eaton of Oshkosh and Joanne (Michael) Willis of Waterloo, Iowa; and brother Paul (Janet) McGinn of Granger, Ind.; father-inlaw, Philip (Patricia) Catalano of Townville, Pa.; brothers-in-law Philip Catalano of Pittsburgh, Robert (Joni) Catalano of McMurray, Pa., and John (Vickie) Catalano of Harmony, Pa., along with many nieces and nephews. His “granddogger,” Marley, for whom he always had a treat, was loyal and protective of him up to the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marcia; grandparents, Oswald and Anne McGinn, Joseph and Frances O’Malley; his mother-in-law, Mary Catalano; and beloved family dog Suzie.

Per Tom’s wishes, a private family ceremony will be held.

The family is thankful to the staff at ProHealth Care and Froedert hospitals for their compassionate care.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.