Obituaries for the week of May 11
● By J. Chambless
Jennie Gioffredi, 100, of Landenberg, passed away on April 30 at her residence.
She was the wife Archemedi “Arkie” Gioffredi, who passed away in 1983, and with whom she shared 35 years of marriage. Born in Enterprise, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Eurosia Ori Bertogli. She was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed baking bread, sewing, needlepoint, gardening, and especially being with her family.
She is survived by one son, John Gioffredi and his wife Nancy of Landenberg; and loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, David J. Gioffredi and Dennis Eugene Gioffredi; one brother, Eugene Bertogli; and two sisters, Louise Guizzetti and Olympia Pizzini.
A funeral was held May 5.Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In memory of Jennie, a contribution may be made to Heartland Hospice, 5 Christy Drive, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.
WILLIAM A. HICKLEN
William A. Hicklen, 79, of Oxford, passed on April 28 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.
He was the husband of Brenda L. McMillan Hicklen, with whom he shared 17 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late John and Cora Glover Hicklen. He was a resident of Oxford for 32 years. He retired as a police officer in Coatesville, South Coatesville and Caln Township, and fireman for the Coatesville VA Hospital. He enjoyed hunting.
He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Donna Curry (Michael) of Coatesville, Shirley Artis of Exton, Denise Hicklen of Lancaster, and Sharon Kargbo of Coatesville; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five stepchildren, Darlene Robbins (Morgan) of Bel Air, Md., Tyrone Reeves (Vicky) of Oxford, Jerry Reeves (Elizabeth) of Lancaster, Eric Reeves (Sharon) of Morgantown, and Charlene Chandler (Bornell) of Sicklerville, N.J.; eight step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Clement Hicklen (Carolyn) of Snellville, Ga., Nelson Hicklen (Betty Ann) of Coatesville, and Tony Hicklen (Gloria) of Coatesville.
A home-going service was celebrated on May 9. Interment was in Rolling Green Memorial Park in West Chester. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to DaVita Jennersville Dialysis Center, 1011 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
DOROTHY G. HAYS
Dorothy Griffin Hays, 72, of Nottingham, passed away on May 2 at the Christiana Hospital Hospice unit.
She was the wife of John M. Hays, with whom she celebrated 28 years of marriage. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Laura Mae Clemens Griffin. Dot was a member of the Eagles Club of Oxford, where she was a past Grand Maiden President and a member of the Degree of Pocahontas Oxford. She enjoyed camping, riding on the back of a motorcycle, her dog Snuggles, and was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan. She truly enjoyed driving the school bus and her kids on it, but mostly she enjoyed spending time with her family.
In addition to her husband, Dot is survived by her daughter, Terri Viers of Mt. City, Tenn., a son, William Chesnet (Deborah) of Oxford; stepchildren, John M. Hays, Jr.(Elizabeth) of Oxford, Michael Hays of Oxford, Victoria Murray of Nottingham, and Lynn Johnston of Coatesville; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; a brother, John Griffin; and a sister, Ethel Calhoun, both of Coatesville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tonya McDaniel; and a sister, Erma Jones.
A funeral was held May 6. Interment was in the Little Britain Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dot's memory can be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer and Research Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713. Online condolences may be made at www.ruffenachfuneralhome.com.
JOSEPH M. GAFFNEY
Joseph Matthew Gaffney, 66, of West Grove, died on May 4 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
He was the husband of Rosemary Ciacci Gaffney, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Matthew and the late Helen Marie (Gavin) Gaffney. He served our country in the Vietnam War, in the Army. He was an electrician for the New York City Transit Authority, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the VFW, Assumption BVM Church in West Grove (where he served as an usher), and a former board member of the Crossroad Pregnancy Center in Staten Island. For many years he was a Boy Scout troop master for troop 132 in Staten Island.
He enjoyed basketball, woodworking, pinochle, camping, and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by two sons, Joseph (Therese) and Keith (Lori), both of Staten Island, N.Y.; two daughters, Tara Delgado (Keith) of West Grove, and Doreen Gaffney of Staten Island, N.Y.; two brothers, Matthew (Tammy) of Wallkill, N.Y., and Rev. Patrick Gaffney of Bear, Del.; one sister, Mary Anne Sutera of Brooklyn N.Y.; and nine grandchildren, Grace, Christopher, Sean, Emily, Brittany, Amanda, Thomas, Samantha and John. He was predeceased by a brother, John.
A mass of Christian burial was held May 9. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
LENORE A. MCGHEE
Lenore “Lynn” A. McGhee, 68, of Oxford, formerly of Nottingham, passed away on May 5 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
Born in Amsterdam, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late James and Jane Frieman Ulrich. Lynn retired from Lincoln University as a secretary. She was employed with the Oxford Senior Center. She was a member and former vice-president of AFSCME Union. She was also a member of the Oxford Senior Center. Lynn enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by her five daughters, Kimberly Renninger (Brian) of Nottingham, Debbie Becker (Kevin) of Peach Bottom, Brandee McGhee (Ramon Rodriguez) of Oxford, Irish Sirmons (Ryan) of Annapolis, Md., Anna Lee McGhee of Nottingham; ten grandchildren, Amber Timmons, Tyler Haines, Dylan Giffing, Kara Renninger, John Renninger, Nathaniel Rodriguez, Grace Renninger, Abby Rodriguez, Sophia Rodriguez and Robert Meredith; two great-grandchildren, Danica Timmons and C.J. Timmons; and one sister, Karen Drennan of Port St. Lucy, Fla. She was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Hopkins.
A memorial service was held May 9. Donations in her memory may be made to the Oxford Church of the Nazarene (116 E. Locust St., Oxford PA 19363) and will go towards the children and youth ministries. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
RODNEY C. SCHUIBBEO
Rodney C. Schuibbeo, 75, of West Grove, passed away on May 1 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Ralph and Dorothy Sharp Schuibbeo. He was a self-employed painter and owned Beautiful Walls by Schuibbeo in West Grove. He retired in 2003. Rodney was a member of the Sportsman’s clubs in Oxford and Atglen. He enjoyed hunting, shooting, photography, and sitting on his front porch, talking to his neighbors.
Rodney is survived by two sons, Rodney Schuibbeo, Jr. and his wife Barbara of West Grove, and Eric Schuibbeo and his wife Donna of Kennett Square.; one daughter, Debra Lech of West Grove; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one great-grandson, Wyatt McGrory; and two brothers, Ralph Schuibbeo and Meredith “Murph” Schuibbeo.
A funeral was held May 12. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to National Wild Turkey Federation, Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt, P.O. Box 530, Edgefield, SC 29824-0530. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com.