Janet Louise McGinniss – In Memoriam

First recipient of the Delaware Senior Olympics Charlie Marten Award

Janet Louise McGinniss of Lewes passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2021, surrounded by her family after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

During her long battle with MS, Louise never let it hold her back. She received numerous awards for volunteerism including the 2010 Jefferson Award for Outstanding Community Service, the 2003 Sussex YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award, and she was presented with the 2005 Funky Monkey Award for outstanding work as a role model for others with multiple sclerosis. She was the first recipient of the Delaware Senior Olympics Charlie Marten Award in 2005 and received the Wilma Rudolph Award for Courage and Overcoming Adversity in Athletic Performance in 2007. Louise was an avid swimmer and participated in the Annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge for 17 years. Each year she raised over $2,500 for Special Olympics. Louise was also a Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist in the Delaware Senior Olympics. She also volunteered at the MS Bike to the Bay, The Dewey Beach Triathlon, and the MS Walk where she and her teammates were avid fundraisers.

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