Winifred Joan McCain Hurst
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Winifred Joan McCain Hurst, 94, a former longtime Hinsdale resident, died peacefully June 28, 2023.
Joan was born and raised in Boonton, N.J., the daughter of Rev. George Leonard and Margaret Winifred McCain.
Mrs. Hurst graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Delaware.
In 1955, she met and married Alan Ross Hurst and they began their amazing adventure. They moved to Hinsdale in 1962 and remained in the same house for 45 years. After Mr. Hurst’s retirement, they traveled extensively to destinations that included Timbuktu, Papua New Guinea and Antarctica, to name a few. They enjoyed spending the winter months in Snowmass, Colo., and the summer months at Hursthill in Naples, NY. In 2007, they moved to The Woods of King Bruwaert, Alan died soon after. Joan remained in good health and thoroughly enjoyed dancing with “The Adorables” and being social co-chairman of The Woods, planning innumerable parties and ensuring all felt welcome.
Mrs. Hurst was active in the Monroe School PTA and founded the “Yellow Star” program. She was president of the Junior Infant Welfare Society and involved in numerous other organizations, always supported by her husband. Among other accomplishments, she made a hole in one at the Hinsdale Golf Club and was a fierce competitor at bridge, tennis and on the croquet court at Hursthill. She regularly attended the Tuesday ladies’ lunch at the Hinsdale Golf Club and was a faithful member of The Union Church of Hinsdale.
Her warmth, caring and sparkling blue eyes will be missed by her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Clarence; her sisters, Margie and Allison; her brother-in-law, Tom Ford; and her husband of 52 years, Alan Ross Hurst.
She is survived by her children, Julia (Scott Burger), Vicky (John McGirk) and Ross; her grandchildren, Mark, Erik, Kurt and Kristin Burger, Anna (Grant) Glowiak and Nathan, Ginny and Carly Hurst; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at The Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave..
Memorials may be made to The Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield, Hinsdale, IL 60521; or King Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.