Grand Island — Jennie V. McGaffin, 74, of Grand Island, died Friday, March 26, 2021 surrounded by her family at CHI-Health St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Faith Community Church in O'Neill. Rev. Paul Harder will officiate.

Burial will be in the O'Neill City Cemetery in O'Neill.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island is in charge of the arrangements.

Jennie was born on July 25, 1946 at Page, the daughter of Earl and Jennie (Hauser) Strong. She was raised and attended a country school near O’Neill. 

She was united in marriage to Timothy McGaffin on June 17, 1967 at O’Neill. 

The couple lived at York and Bradshaw, where Jennie was employed at York Manufacturing. 

Mr. McGaffin died on June 23, 1985. Jennie then moved to Grand Island in 1986 where she was employed at St. Francis Medical Center, retiring in April 1995.

Jennie loved being a mother and grandmother. She taught by example the importance of family and how her cooking was always better because she made all of her recipes with love. 

Jennie enjoyed trips to the casinos to play all night and looking for a bargain at thrift stores. She was a skilled seamstress and wonderful cook and baker. She loved to care for her gardens and collect bird houses and angels. 

Her love and support will forever be cherished by her family. 

Jennie is survived by one son Shawn (Debra) McGaffin of Grand Island; two daughters Mary Jo (Marty) Rodenbaugh of Grand Island and Teresa J. (Dale) Morgan of Grand Island; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a special friend Patrick Ryan of Grand Island; two brothers Earl Strong of O’Neill and James Strong of Fenton, MO; four sisters Wyona Orsborn, Pauline (Virgil) Parks and Lonnie (George) Fuller, all of O’Neill, and Joyce (Gordon) Kotrous of Pierce; one sister-in-law Marge Strong of Giltner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother William Strong, one brother-in-law Herman Orsborn and one sister-in-law Norma Strong. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at or mailed to Mary Jo Rodenbaugh, 1421 N. Vine St., Grand Island, NE 68801. 


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