DALE, John D., 76, of Manchester, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, Friday, March 1, 2019, at Froedtert South St. Catherine’s Medical Center Campus. He was born on Aug. 2, 1942, to the late Paul I. and Gladys (Landers) Dale in Hanceville, Alabama. He received his Associate’s Degree in computer programming. He married Yadira Cabellero. John entered the US Army as an electronic technician and served 20 years. He served during the Vietnam Era and received the Purple Heart. John taught at the Great Lakes Naval Base. John enjoyed bowling and fixing things. He was a strong and thoughtful to his family which meant everything to him. John was a kind-hearted man. John is survived by his wife Yadira, his children Annette Baldridge, Dilcia (Edgardo) Figueroa, Vickey Dale, John D. Dale II, Paul I. (Cynthia) Dale and Yvette Albarran, his nine grandchildren, his 11 great-grandchildren and his sisters Lucille Brown, Eunice York and Lula May Blanton. He is preceded in death by a grandson Isaiah Albarran, brother Charles and sister Louise. Visitation for John will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, with full military honors to follow at the Bruch Funeral Home in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Inurnment will take place at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma at noon on Tuesday, March 12. Bruch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.bruchfuneralhome.net.
STAFFINO, Dortha Maxine Spaur, 92, died on Feb. 20, 2019, in the caring and loving community of NHC Dementia wing. From her birth in Walkersville, West Virginia, on July 19, 1926, to her death on Feb. 20, 2019, she nourished people around her with loving kindness, devotion, and unwavering friendship. Maxine was born in a very rural area of West Virginia, and was the only living daughter of Cora Life and Earl Alkire Spaur. She attended a one-room school-house and at an early age, advanced several grades, eventually graduating as Walkersville High School’s valedictorian at the age of 16. At the age of 17, Maxine left the mountains of West Virginia to work at Langley Field, Virginia, as a true “Rosie the Riveter.” It is there that she met her soon-to-be husband, James Thomas Staffino, in an upstairs bowling alley. They married in 1945 and their first daughter, Patty, was born a year later. Their second daughter, JoAnn, was born soon after their move to Dayton, Ohio. Five years later, after the family’s move to Tullahoma and Jim’s employment at AEDC, their third daughter, Kim, was born. In no time at all, Maxine became well known in the community as a talented seamstress. Her dining room table was an ongoing clothing factory that produced simple alterations, bridal dresses and numerous “Miss Tullahoma” gowns. There was little she wouldn’t tackle to include color guard uniforms for the band and cheerleading outfits for a variety of sports teams. There was always something “cooking” in Maxine’s kitchen. Neighborhood children would show up at her back door knowing they were in for some kind of treat whether it be her famous popcorn balls at Halloween or warm oatmeal cookies on any given day. She was famous for her cherry and pumpkin pies topped with globs of whipped cream. Maxine enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: swinging on the back porch swing, watching the squirrels run across the back yard close line, chatting with friends and writing letters to relatives. Maxine had a curious nature and enjoyed a good trip whether it be to California, Washington State or Washington D.C., Hawaii, New York City or Colorado. She travelled to Canada, London, England, Germany and Switzerland as well. Maxine loved to read and there was no genre she did not enjoy. Reading took her to faraway places, as did her physical travels. She loved words, enjoyed crossword puzzles and word searches, and had a wonderful knack for always being wise beyond her age. Maxine always stayed up on current events, kept an open mind when opinions differed and humbly sacrificed herself for the betterment of those she loved, be they family or friend. Maxine’s life’s purpose was to give for sake of making others happy. She truly wanted the best for others and had no intentions or expectations of receiving anything in return. She will be remembered for her unwavering devotion, her self-sacrificing nature and her unconditional acceptance of others. Her sweetness resides in all her descendants and is played forward by them daily. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband James Thomas Staffino in 2004. Living relatives are her three daughters: Patty Mitchell of Olympia, Washington, JoAnn Hubert of Thompson Station, and Kim Polcyn of Leesburg, Virginia. “Granny Max” as she was lovingly known, had five grandchildren including Matt Mitchell of Dade City, Florida, Tori Mitchell of Atlanta, Georgia, Drew Mitchell of Tampa, Florida, Jessica Russell of Leesburg, Viriginia, and Lisa Polcyn of Nashville. Her six great-grandchildren are Ben, Richard, Asher and Reese Mitchell of Tampa; and Henley and Cash Russell of Leesburg. Mercy, in the company of death, came to carry our mother over the “edge of glory” into baptism’s promise of life everlasting. We look forward celebrating the life of Dortha Maxine Spaur Staffino with a memorial service to be held at 1 p.m. March 16 at Tullahoma Funeral Home, located on Westside Drive in Tullahoma. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Tullahoma. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Maxine’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Hospice Compassus or a charity of your choice. Tullahoma Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at tullahomafuneralhome.com.