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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 11

12/11/2017 01:09PM ● By J. Chambless


Mildred Edith (Winslow) Gadde, 93, of West Chester, formerly of Sandown, N.H., and Holden, Mass., passed away on Nov. 16.

Mildred was born in 1924 in Waterbury, Conn. She is survived by her daughter, Donna (William) Goudie, and daughter-in-law, Jan Kippenberger Gadde. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Russell Frederick Gadde; and her son, Alan Winslow Gadde. Mildred is survived by her brother, Leland Winslow; and predeceased by siblings Ruth Winslow, Robert Winslow, and Donald Winslow. She is also survived by her grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Michelle Goudie.

Mildred was raised in Amagansett, N.Y., by her parents, Mildred and Leland Winslow. It was in Amagansett where she met Russell while he was patrolling the beaches of Long Island for the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. They later settled in Worcester, Mass., then Holden, Mass., where they raised their family. Mildred was a loving mother and grandmother, devoting her life to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Mildred was a member of Epworth Methodist Church in Worcester, Mass. She enjoyed bowling in leagues for many years, and was more recently a sports enthusiast and cribbage ace until her passing. She kept sharp with crossword puzzles and enjoyed visiting with family and friends. Mildred was a resident of Birch Heights in Derry, N.H., before moving to Barclay Friends in West Chester in 2013.

A memorial service was held Dec. 9. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jimmy Fund ( in memory of Alan W. Gadde; or to the Michelle J. Goudie ’93 Scholarship Fund ( To share a memory with Mildred's family, visit


Marvin “Jack” McGinnis, 71, of Nottingham, passed away on Dec. 1 at his home.

He was the husband of the late Dolores Anne Wolfe McGinnis. Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late Ralph Norman and Dorothy Bryson McGinnis. He was retired from JJID General Contracting. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. Marvin enjoyed hunting, yard sales, auctions, country music and poker. He was a great storyteller and loved to spend time with his family and friends.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Sandra Peterson; step-granddaughter, Amber; step-grandson, Kyle; five brothers, Ralph McGinnis of Nottingham, Donald McGinnis and his wife Helen McGinnis of Westwood, Paul McGinnis and his wife Mary Ann McGinnis of Coatesville, Barry McGinnis and his companion Marlene Leonard of Coatesville, and Billy McGinnis of Gap; and five sisters, Dawn Ross and her husband Ricardo Vergara of Gap, Evelyn Lash wife of the late Blackie Lash of Honey Brook, Helen Sanchez and her husband David Sanchez of Coatesville, Deborah McGinnis and her companion Bill Underwood of Elizabethtown, and Roxanne McGinnis of Nottingham; many loving nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Queenie. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis McGinnis; and stepson, Tommy Leung.

A funeral was held Dec. 5. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Hazel E. Nead (Cutshall), 102, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2 at Jenner’s Pond in West Grove.

She was the wife of Clarence S. Nead, who passed away in 1986. Hazel was born in Three Springs, Pa., in 1915, the daughter of the late Aley and the late Mary (Fix) Cutshall. She worked for many years at Kennett High School in the cafeteria, and loved knitting, sewing, cooking and gardening. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kennett Square and was formerly active in the Kennett Senior Center.

She is survived by three sons: Larry Nead (Emmelyn) of Dillwyn, Va., Robert Nead (Betty Jean) of Lancaster, Va., and Richard Nead (Barbara) of Lakeland, Fla.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Dec. 9. Interment was at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Three Springs. In lieu of flowers, a donation would be appreciated to First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, 415 West State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Bernice Edmondson Little, 94, of Landenberg, died on Dec. 5 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford.

She was the wife of the late Kirby Lane Little, who died in 1999, and with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Mount Hope, W.Va., she was the eldest daughter of the late Charles Blaine and the late Retha (Stansberry) Edmondson. She attended school in Lansing, N.C. Bernice worked for Yeatman Greenhouses and also the Wynette Dress Shop in Kennett Square. She and her husband were founding members of Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church and she attended there most of her adult life. Bernice enjoyed church, family, gardening, genealogy, travel and Bible study.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Malbone (Martin G.) of West Grove; sons, J. Stephen Little (Franca) of Landenberg, and D. Johnnie Little (Carol Ann) of Kennett Square; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Richard Danny; a granddaughter, Stephanie DelCampo; a brother, Galen; and sisters, Wanda and Laska.

A funeral was held Dec. 9. Interment was in Union Hill Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Kennett Square Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Bayard Rd., Kennett Square PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Patricia Ferry Richardson, 89, of West Grove, died on Dec. 6, surrounded by her family.

She was born in 1928 and was preceded in death by her husband, William Kealy Richardson; her grandson, Peter Francis Luebbert; her brother, Dennis Ferry; and her sister, Virginia Ferry.

Patricia graduated from Mansfield State Teacher’s College, and obtained her Master’s Degree from Columbia University. Patricia will be remembered by many as a favorite teacher. She taught kindergarten at West Grove Friends Kindergarten, and also taught at Unionville High School and Delcastle Technical High School. She was a long-standing member of the West Grove community and Assumption BVM Parish. She served both these communities (and many others) throughout her life with a generous and loving heart.

She is survived by her brother John Ferry (Joyce); sisters Barbara Ruley (Dennis) and Eileen Byrne (Denis); her three children, Kristin Luebbert (James), Laura Conner (John) and William K. Richardson, Jr. (Diane); and seven grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Irma Ferry of Marietta, Ga. In addition to her loving family, Pat leaves behind many cherished friends.

A funeral was held Dec. 11. Interment was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. If desired, a donation may be made to the Food Cupboard at Kennett Area Community Services, 136 West Cedar Street, Kennett Square PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Donna S. Connor, 84, of Lincoln University, passed away on Dec. 4.

She was the wife of Jim Connor, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage. Donna was born in Ridley Park in 1933 to Alfred Schmidt and Jean Rauche Schmidt. She lived most of her young life in Arlington, Va., where she graduated from Washington Lee High School in 1950. After graduation, Donna worked at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and later at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. From there she ventured to Palm Beach, Fla., where she worked as a legal secretary at the Palm Beach Air Force Base. Many happy years were spent hanging out on the beach, where she eventually met and married her husband, Jim. The family moved to Valley Forge in the 1970s, where Donna's love of landscape design and gardening took form. She went to college in her 40s and earned a master gardener certificate for landscape design from Temple University. Donna had a passion for good food and became co-owner of a much-loved sandwich shop in West Palm Beach while in her mid-50s. She continued this passion at home where she enjoyed cooking gourmet meals for family and friends. An adventurous soul, Donna enjoying hang gliding and even skydiving, which she tried for the first time at age 80. Her true love, however, was her family, both two-legged and four-legged.

Donna is survived by her husband, Jim; a sister, Laura Shaner and brother-in-law Stan; two daughters, Lisa Hable and Shannon Przywara; son-in-law Ron; and her granddaughters Madeline, Anna, Sara and Sydney.

Memorial contributions in Donna's memory can be made to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Interment will be held privately. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Thomas H. Doyne, 90, of Cochranville, passed away on Dec. 7 at home.
He was the husband of the late Marcia Heeg Doyne. Born in Pottsville, he was the son of the late William F., Sr. and Beulah A. Strausser Doyne. He graduated from Pottsville High School in 1944. Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. In 1953-1954, he was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan at the University of Osaka. He received his doctorate in biochemistry in 1957 from Penn State University. Thomas was a professor of biochemistry and was employed with Villanova University for 45 years, retiring in 2002. From 1970-1980, he was the chairman of Villanova University’s Chemistry Department. In 1981 and 1982, he was a visiting professor of chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Thomas was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford, Royal Society of Chemistry, Great Britain American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Crystallography Association, Franklin Institute and Fulbright Association.
He is survived by his daughter, Judith Gartland (Charles) of Cochranville; two sons, Thomas A. Doyne (Carol) of Burke, Va., and Keith E. Doyne (Catherine) of Harrisburg; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Online condolences may be made at


Mabel Violet Slauch Lyle, 87, a resident of West Virginia, departed this life on Dec. 10 at her home.

She was born in 1930 at East Nottingham Township, Chester County, a daughter of the late Harry John, Sr., and Katherine Susanna Martin Slauch. In 1949, she was united in marriage to Robert Eugene Lyle, Sr., who preceded her in death in 1991.

Mabel was a graduate of Oxford High School, and following high school, worked full-time at the Oxford Cabinet Company. She was employed for over 30 years at the Alger Oil Company in Rising Sun, Md. After moving to West Virginia, she was employed at the Junior Quick Stop and finished her employment at the Shop-N-Save in Belington. She loved to be outside and tending to her gardens. She loved her family very much and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Lyle of Junior, W.Va.; one son, Robert E. Lyle, Jr., of Junior, W.Va.; one sister, Elizabeth A. Slauch of Rising Sun, Md.; one grandson, Christopher Lyle of Randolph County, W.Va.; and one great-granddaughter, Brandie Lyle of Cecil County, Md. Additional survivors include one nephew, Donald Lyle, Jr., of Rising Son, Md.; one niece, Winifred Lyle Gochneaur of Elkton, Md.; the Slauch nieces, Hazel, Kathy, Joan, Carolyn, and Nancy; one great-nephew, Donald C. Lyle III; one great-niece, Jennifer Lyle; and her extended family, Dolores Crouse, Gina Lyle, and Noah Rivera. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Cathy Jane Lyle; one brother, Harry John Slauch, Jr.; one nephew, H. John Slauch III; and one granddaughter, Michele Lyle.

Interment of her cremains will be in the West Nottingham Presbyterian Cemetery in Colora, Md., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Belington Public Library, P.O. Box 878, Belington, WV 26250. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Mary Rose Scalise Puoci, 85, of Kennett Square, died on Dec. 10 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Francis Puoci Sr., who died in 1998, and with whom she shared 44 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Philamena (Leo) Scalise. Mary graduated from Kennett High School in 1950. She worked in food services at Kendal Retirement Community for many years. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Church, where she volunteered for “Hot Lunches” and was a head usher for the 5 p.m. Saturday mass. She was a member of the Ladies of St. Patrick, the Kennett Fire Company, and the Kennett Senior Center, where she volunteered in many capacities. Mary received the Governor’s Silver and Gold award for her years of volunteerism.

Survivors include one son, Francis Puoci Jr. and his wife Anne Marie of Avondale; two daughters, Jo-Ann Puoci and her wife Robin Reichard of Kennett Square, and Gina Puoci of Kennett Square; and two granddaughters, Nicole Puoci and Lisa Puoci. Mary was predeceased by a granddaughter, Mary Margaret.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16, at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). Her funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Kennett Fire Company No 1, 301 Dalmatian St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Anthony “Tony” J. Malchione, 75, of West Grove, passed away peacefully on Dec. 8 at Seasons Hospice in Newark, Del.

He was the husband and best friend of Joyce (Aline) for 53 years. He was raised in Kennett Square, the son of the late Mario and Splendora Malchione. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Michael Malchione and his wife Karen of Landenberg; daughter Tina Torello and her husband Chris of Landenberg; grandchildren Marissa Malchione of Arlington, Va., and Matthew Torello, Nicholas Malchione and Courtney Torello of Landenberg,. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Malchione of Kennett Square; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tony attended Kennett High School and then joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served four years, stationed in Montana, Greenland and North Carolina. During his time in Great Falls, Mont., he met Joyce, the love of his life, “while cruising the drag.” They settled in Kennett Square and then moved to West Grove. Before starting his own carpentry company, Malchione Construction, in 1977, he worked for his father and uncle in the mushroom industry, then as a carpenter for Nick Basilio & Sons, and also drove the cantina truck for Earl’s Sub Shop. After his family, Tony loved his church, Assumption BVM in West Grove. Tony very much enjoyed music and playing his saxophone. He was a member of the 2uesday Nite Band and could often be found hyping up the crowd at the Hilltop Crab House on Saturday nights.

A viewing will be held on Dec. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Dec. 18 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Assumption BVM Church in West Grove, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390; or the Knights of Columbus, c/o Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Bob White, 89, of Coatesville, passed away on Dec. 7 at Freedom Village in Coatesville.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Moore White, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Gallipolis, Ohio, he was the son of the late William Roscoe White and the late Nellie Woodward White. Bob served in the U.S. Navy as a fire controlman from 1948 to 1952. He attended Ohio State University and was a dedicated Buckeye fan. He later received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and went on to become a vice president of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed reading, and loved to play both golf and bridge. He was a former member of the Kennett Square Country Club and also took part in the Kennett Koffee Klatch – a group made up of all ages dedicated to connecting with one another over a cup of coffee.

He is survived by two sons, William R. White of Exton, and David White (Suzanne) of Reston, Va.; one daughter, Stephanie W. Hoffman (Rene) of Downingtown; and four grandchildren, Kelly, Shannon, Maddy and Emma.

Services will be held privately. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Kennett Area Community Services “KACS”, PO Box 1025, Kennett Square PA 19348. To view his online tribute, please visit