Obituaries for the week of July 26

Maria Antionette Traccarella-Cucinotta

Maria Antionette Traccarella-Cucinotta, formerly of Kennett Square, died on Feb. 25 in Alexandria, Va.

Born Nov. 18, 1928, she was raised in Kennett Square, where she attended school through grade 12. She participated in cheerleading, debate and theatre, and was active in programs sponsored by the American Legion. She always spoke fondly of the warmth of a small town. She later attended Beacon College.

In 1945, she married her Kennett childhood sweetheart, Salvatore Cucinotta. The USMC relocated them to Washington DC. They lived in Virginia, and raised a family. Marie worked several part-time jobs while raising her daughter but worked full-time for nine years as secretary to the Admiral at the Office of Chief of Naval Information at the Pentagon.

Upon Sal's retirement in 1976, they spent some time living in the Wilmington, Del, and Chadds Ford areas, but the majority of the time in central Florida, where they were very active in community and church programs. A voracious reader, creative, friendly, outgoing and outstanding organizer, Marie never lacked for things to do or friends to do them with.

A service will be held Aug. 5. For more information, call Jane Rother at 703-759-5669.

Jay D. Cole, 64

Jay D. Cole, age 64 of Avondale, PA, passed away on July 21, 2009 at his home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Norma Johnson Cole, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of Vera Reese Cole of Avondale, PA and the late Ray D. Cole.

He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Prior to his retirement, Jay worked at Porter Chevrolet, and previous to that he had a long career in sales. Jay was a car enthusiast.

He was an elder at the Toughkenamon Presbyterian Church.

Jay enjoyed gardening, vacationing at the beach, restoring model trains, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa M. Weaver and her husband Christopher of Avondale, PA and Cheryl E. Nelson and her husband Frederick of West Grove, PA, and by four grandchildren, Alec and Grace Weaver and Benjamin and Logan Nelson.

Arrangements are being handled by the Cleveland & Grieco Funeral Home (610-268-2166) of Avondale, PA. To send an online condolence, please visit

Judith Lee D'Ascenzo, 66

Judith Lee D'Ascenzo, age 66, of Glen Mills, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2009 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was the wife of Robert C. D'Ascenzo with whom she shared 45 years of marriage.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Alfonso and Ruth MacElrevey Proscino.

A homemaker, she had an endless dedication to her family and especially loved being with her grandchildren. She enjoyed her monthly meeting with "The Club" Girls and vacationing at the seashore.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Michael R. D'Ascenzo and his wife, Laura of Lincoln University; one daughter, Christine Genovese and her husband, Larry of Oxford; one brother, Vincent Proscino of Avondale; and seven grandchildren.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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William Wimble, Jr., 81

William Edward "Bill" Wimble Jr., 81, of West Chester, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at his home.

Born in Upland on March 27, 1928, he was the son of the late William Edward Wimble Sr. and Louise Christine Nerz Wimble of Linwood.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth Hershey Risser Wimble; a brother, Carl Richard Wimble of Boothwyn; two sons, William Edward Wimble III of Phoenixville and David Neal Wimble of Coatesville; two daughters, Barbara Louise Wimble of Staunton, Va., and Cynthia Sue Wimble Spaziani of Kennett Square; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

As a youth, Bill was involved in Boy Scouts and was an all-around athlete.

During World War II, he volunteered as an air raid runner.

After graduation from Upper Chichester Township High School in 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the cruisers USS Macon and Albany in the Caribbean. Upon his discharge in 1948, he enrolled at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. There he was active in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, participated in varsity sports, earned his degree in chemistry in 1952, and met his bride to be.

Bill spent his career in the Specialty Chemicals Division of the Atlas Powder Co. (later called ICI Americas; now AstraZeneca) in Wilmington, Del., for nearly 30 years. After retiring in 1980, he became an enthusiastic volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network at the Coatesville Veterans Administration Hospital.

Bill had many loves and interests. First and foremost, he was a devoted father and was very proud of his family. In addition, he was an avid golfer and was one of the first members of the Penn Oaks Country Club. He was also a dedicated gardener, and an ardent student of history, his family's genealogy, and theology. Inquisitive about life and people in general, he loved traveling and learning about new things. He loved to tell stories, and he had a unique sense of humor, an unforgettable wit, and an easy smile. His passion for life and learning inspired his family and friends.

James 'Jimbo' Mahaffey, 58

James Gerald "Jimbo" "Bear" Mahaffey,, age 58, of Toughkenamon, PA, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2009, at Chester County Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of Rhoda Billings Mahaffey, and with whom he shared 32 years of marriage.

Born on March 4, 1951, in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late Raleigh James and Dorothy Marie Wood Mahaffey.

Jimbo was employed by G. Guizzetti & Sons for the past 18 years as a truck driver. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, hunting, fishing, and working on his classic '64 Chevelle.

In addition to his wife Rhoda, he is survived by two sons, James R. Mahaffey and his wife Laura of NJ and Jason L. Mahaffey of Toughkenamon, two sisters, Judy Dishmon of Mountain City, TN, and Mary Pairo of Ocala, FL, four grandchildren, Joanna, Joy E., James T., Makenzie L. Mahaffey, and another grandchild on the way.

Jimbo was predeceased by a sister, Patsy Mahaffey.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 10:00 to 12:00 on Thursday morning, July 30, 2009, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA (610-444-4116). His funeral service will follow at 12:00. Burial will be in Nottingham Baptist Cemetery, Nottingham, PA.

Coletta Holohan, 46

Colette J. Holohan, age 46, of West Grove, PA passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2009 at Chester County Life Care Hospital in West Chester, PA. She was the wife of Anthony Holohan with whom she shared 22 years of marriage.

She was member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in West Grove, PA.

Colette was devoted to her 2 children and family. She enjoyed gardening, reading and most of all, time spent with family and friends. She was employed by Bayada Nurses for 14 years; her most recent position was that of client service manager. In addition to her family, she was passionate about her job and the good that came from it.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Shannon Holohan and Noelle Holohan both of West Grove, PA; one brother, Kevin and his wife Kathya of Collegeville, PA; one sister, Cindy Kunkel and her husband Bill of Newtown, PA; and two nieces, Kyra and Kamryn Holohan.

Colette was the beloved daughter-in-law of Carol Holohan, West Grove, PA and was predeceased by her father-in-law, Albert Holohan.

Friends may visit with the family from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (610-444-4116). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 300 State Road West Grove, PA 19390.

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