Clinton County

Margaret Troy



ARMY NURSE -- Miss Margaret Troy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Troy, of Dewitt, who has enlisted for service as an army nurse, is visiting her parents while awaiting a call to service. She will be called for foreign service with the Loyola medical unit of 500 persons which will establish a 1,000 bed hospital in a foreign country.

Miss Troy is a graduate of St. Joseph's school in Dewitt and Mundelein college, Chicago. She has been employed by the Chicago health department for the past three years, and obtained a leave of absence from her work to join the army nurses.

Source: Quad City Times, October 13, 1942 (photo included)


DeWitt, Ia. -- Miss Margaret Troy, army nurse, stationed near the line in the Italian war theater, has been made first lieutenant according to word received by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Troy.

She was engaged in the health department of Chicago prior to her entering the service and was first stationed at Ft. Sheridan and later Camp Blanding, Fla. She arrived in the African area, in April, 1943.

Source: Quad City Times, March 27, 1944

Margaret McGinn

DELMAR, Iowa -- Service for Margaret M. "Peggy" McGinn, 87, of Arlington Heights, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Delmar. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery, Delmar, with military honors accorded by the DeWitt American Legion.

Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Haylock-O'Hare & Lahey Funeral Home,Maquoketa, with a vigil service at 5:30 p.m.

Mrs. McGinn died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at her home after a brief illness.

Margaret Troy was born Oct 19, 1914, in DeWitt. She married Peter T. McGinn in 1953 in Elgin, Ill. He died in 1986.

She received her degree as a registered nurse from St. Joseph's Hospital/DePaul University in 1933. She worked as a nurse in many Chicago hospitals while she attended Mundelein College where she received her bachelor's degree in 1939. She subsequently worked for the Chicago Health Department and attendeded graduate school at Loyola University.

In 1942, Peggy volunteered and was commissioned into the Army and served 33 months in North Africa and Italy as a captain with the 94th Evacuation Hospital, one of the first nursing units on Anzio Beach and the first American hospital in Rome. After World War II, she worked for the San Francisco Health Department and then returned to work at Hines Veterans Hospital in suburban Chicago until her marriage to Mr. McGinn. She farmed with her husband in the Delmar area until his death in 1986.

Memorials are preferred.

Survivors include a daughter, Geralynn Kerger, Wheaton, Ill.; sons Peter J., Arlington Heights, and John, Kenosha, Wis.; and six grandchildren.

Obituary Source: Quad City Times, December 24, 2001 (early Service photo included)