Posted: March 18, 1993


Donald J. McNally, 79, of Coatesville, a retired head of the mail service at the University of Pennsylvania who had also bred carrier pigeons, died Saturday at Paoli Memorial Hospital.

For 27 years, Mr. McNally supervised mail delivery at the University of Pennsylvania.

He retired around 1975. Before that, he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, delivering mail in Millbourne.

Mr. McNally was born and raised in Upper Darby and lived there until moving to Malvern 13 years ago. He graduated from Upper Darby High School and West Chester State Teachers College.

During his college years, he tutored children with special needs at their homes, said his wife of 48 years, Angelina Scardecchio McNally.

As a young man, Mr. McNally became involved in raising and training carrier pigeons. At one point, he had owned more than five dozen birds. During World War II, while serving in the Army as a second lieutenant, he handled carrier- pigeon operations in Italy.

Mr. McNally was a member of the former Philadelphia Pigeon Club and a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Malvern.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Alice Green.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at 10 a.m. yesterday at St. Patrick's Church. Interment followed in St. Agnes Cemetery in West Chester.

Arrangements were made by Vincent C. Alleva Funeral Home in Paoli.


Stasia Swencionis Wilk, 84, of Malvern, a homemaker and former textile worker, died Saturday at Paoli Memorial Hospital.

Born in Simpson, near Scranton, Mrs. Wilk had lived in Malvern for the last four years.

Before that, she lived in Lansdale for 20 years and in Philadelphia for 20 years.

For about 10 years, before marrying and raising a family, Mrs. Wilk was employed as a weaver in the textile industry in Philadelphia.

She was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Malvern, and enjoyed reading and growing flowers and plants indoors.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Michael E. Wilk; a son, Gerald M.; a daughter, Janet Wood; three sisters; nine grandchildren, and two great- grandchildren.

A viewing will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. today at the Mauger/Givnish Funeral Home, 24 Monument Ave., Malvern. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church on Channing Avenue in Malvern.

Interment will be at St. Agnes Cemetery in West Chester.


Lawrence W. Coates, 87, formerly of Parkesburg and Cochranville, a retired government meat inspector, died Friday at the Haverford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He lived in Havertown.

Born and raised in Cochranville, Mr. Coates graduated from high school there.

He then moved to Parkesburg, where he lived until he was 33.

He lived in Havertown for the last 54 years.

Mr. Coates earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Temple University.

He had worked as a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Philadelphia for 36 years, retiring in 1965.

Before becoming a meat inspector, he was employed as a lineman for Philadelphia Electric Co. for several years.

Mr. Coates served in the Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 667 in Manoa.

He was also a 32d-degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite in Reading and Skerrett Lodge 343 in Cochranville.

In addition, he was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Cochranville United Methodist Church and had attended services at Manoa United Presbyterian Church.

Among his interests were traveling, reading, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren and caring for the family pet, a poodle.

He loved people and was always helping neighbors, said his son, George Spayd.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dorothy C. Spayd; two sisters; three grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.

The funeral and burial were private.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Fox Chase Cancer Center, Development Office, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia 19111.


Joanna F. Haschenz Morris, 68, formerly of Malvern, a former production- line employee and a homemaker, died last Thursday at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She lived in Langhorne.

Born in Germany, Mrs. Morris came to the United States in 1959.

She lived in Malvern for 25 years before moving to Langhorne six years ago.

While living in Chester County, she was employed on the production line at Deluxe Check Printing Co. in Paoli for 18 years before retiring in 1986.

She was a member of Bayericher Volksfest Verein Club of Philadelphia.

She was survived by her husband of 33 years, Raymond L. Morris; a brother, and two sisters.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Joseph A. Fluehr 3d Funeral Home in Richboro.

Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 408 E. Fourth St., Bridgeport, Pa. 19405.

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