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Regina "Ginny" Gustafson McCord

January 9, 1936 ~ May 21, 2019 (age 83)


Regina “Ginny” Gustafson McCord, 83, of New Buffalo, Michigan passed away suddenly and peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

A memorial service and celebration of Ginny’s amazing life will be held at 11 AM, Friday, June 14, 2019 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer, with Reverend Jay Fast officiating. The family will meet with friends on Friday from 9 - 11 AM prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Harbert Community Church, Half Day Program, PO Box 197, Harbert, MI 49115; or Chikaming Open Lands, 12291 Red Arrow Hwy, Sawyer, MI 49125. Online memories and condolences accepted at .

Ginny was born January 9, 1936 in Blue Island, Illinois, the daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred Gustafson. On December 4, 1982 she married John McCord in Hinsdale, Illinois. She graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s degree in education and Rosary College (now Dominican University) with a Master’s degree in library science. After a career spanning four decades teaching elementary school students, she retired from Butler School District 53, Oak Brook, Illinois, in 1994. A longtime resident of Western Springs, Illinois, Ginny and John moved to Michigan in 1997. She was a faithful member of Harbert Community Church, where she continued her service teaching through the Half Day Childrens’ Program for over 20 years. Along with John, she was a member of Chikaming Country Club and the University Club of Chicago.

Survivors include sons: Steve (Sallie) Silvey, Scott (Janette) Silvey and Shawn (Cynthia) Silvey; grandchildren: Patricia (Steven) Salzmann, Elizabeth (Thomas) Healy, Terence Silvey, John Silvey, Kayla Silvey, Cody Strait and Cayley Strait; great-grandsons: Charles Salzmann and Jackson Salzmann; great-granddaughters: Grace Healy and Kayedance Bartlett; nieces and nephews: Rae Leir, Jane Flannigan, Beth Dykstra, Laura (Stjepan) Dragash, John (Valerie) Dykstra and many great-nieces and nephews. 

Ginny was predeceased by her husband John, her parents, and her sister Nancy.

Several years ago when working on one of her myriad projects, Mom wrote that John and family were the most important parts of her life and made her journey exciting and rewarding. We were blessed with unconditional love and devotion to one another. In Mom’s words, family (and friends) were always there for whatever was needed.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91. Confident that Mom is home, dwelling in the shelter of the Lord and together again with John and Katie.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, The Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
June 14, 2019

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Harbert Community Church
6444 Harbert Road
Harbert, MI 49115

Memorial Service
June 14, 2019

11:00 PM
Harbert Community Church
6444 Harbert Road
Harbert, MI 49115


Harbert Community Church - Half Day Program
PO Box 197, Harbert MI 49115

Chikaming Open Lands
12291 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer MI 49125

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