Jeanie McCabe (Jean Vera Berglund McCabe), age 61, of Hastings, MN, left our world on Wednesday, February 14th 2018 after her second battle with cancer. She leaves behind her grieving family (Mike, Sean, Rory, and Ryan McCabe and Shannon, Nate, Oliver Hermanson, and baby boy #2 at the end of May 2018), and a boatload of all the things she refused to get rid of "just in case she needed them." Her family is in a total state of loss and decluttering.
Jeanie is preceded in death by her mother, Marcia Berglund, sister Valerie Garcia, grandmother Jeanette Scheunemann, brother-in-law Tim McCabe, sister-in-law Gayle McCabe, mother-in-law Peggy McCabe, and father-in-law Terry McCabe.
A frugal woman, who never wanted to waste anything, Jeanie donated her body to the University of Minnesota for medical research. There will be no funeral service, but there will be a party this summer. If you're not invited, don't feel bad, Jeanie just didn't like you. (Just kidding, she liked everyone. It'll be a smaller affair).
Jeanie was born and raised in Afton, Minnesota (St. Mary's Point, she would likely correct you), by her parents Harold and Marcia, with her sisters Beth and Valerie and her brother Jim. Jeanie attended Stillwater High School and graduated in 1975. Jeanie went to nursing school at Lutheran Deaconess College of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated in 1978.
Jeanie met Mike McCabe at Blockers Beach in the summer of 1975 where she was a smoking hot lifeguard. She was confused at first, as he appeared to be hitting on her with his son in tow...but who turned out to be his much-younger brother. Jeanie married Mike McCabe on January 6th, 1979. Every year he'd forget their anniversary, she would remind him, "It's Epiphany! How could you forget!" "I don't know what the hell an epiphany is, how am I supposed remember that!" Mike would say.
Jeanie worked as a registered nurse at Regina Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit for more than 30 years. She also worked for Midwest Spine, Mayo Clinic in Cannon Falls, and most recently at the Greenway Surgery Center in Minneapolis. Jeanie loved nursing and all her patients. Her favorite thing in the world to do was to take care of others. She also loathed scrubs, much preferring her stark white jeans, white Reebok sneakers, a multitude of turtlenecks and coordinating vests, and large puffy bows that she'd wear on top of her ponytail.
Jeanie loved a great deal of things, most of all her family and friends. She also loved swimming in the backyard pool, put in after all her children left the nest, probably so that they wouldn't jump off the deck into the deep end. She loved baking, Christmas, watching Masterpiece theater, travel, calling her children on their birthdays at the exact time they were born, being kind to pretty much everyone, and mending all of her son's jeans. Jeanie also loved being right, which she was most of the time, right up until the end when she was the one who told the doctors and nurses she was having the stroke that ultimately ended her life.
In lieu of flowers, Jeanie wished for any monetary donations to be directed to her grandsons college funds. Checks can be made out to The Mike McCabe Family and sent to the following address: 1041 Hillside Street, Hastings, MN 55033.