From the Dischord email list:
Mary Anne “Ginger” MacKaye passed away early Wednesday morning
surrounded by her family after a long battle with lung disease. Ginger
is survived by her husband, Bill, her five children, Katharine,
Susannah, Ian, Alec and Amanda, a grand-daughter, Ava and two
daughter-in-laws, Lely Constantinople and Kirsten Lindquist.
Ginger MacKaye was a lifelong D.C. resident and a prolific
correspondent. Ginger will be remembered both as the matriarch of a
wonderful family and as the foster mother and tireless advocate for
generations of punk kids who found in the MacKaye household the
Over the years, scores of fans hoping to visit Dischord House instead
found themselves meeting Ginger at 3819 Beecher Street. Ian was still
living at home back in 1980 when the label began, and we still use his
parents’ house as our official mailing address. The visitors may have
come hoping to meet one of their punk icons, but after a brief chat and
maybe a glass of iced tea, few left disappointed.
A service will be held at St. Stephens and the Incarnation Church at
16th and Newton Sts, NW Washington, DC on Saturday morning at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Church of Saint
Stephen and the Incarnation-Wendt Plaza Fund.