Zelma Hale

April 27, 1928January 11, 2021

Zelma Maxine Hale, age 92, passed on 1/11/2021 in Sun City, Fl. She was born April 27, 1928 the daughter of Amos and Vera Groce in New Castle, Pa. Maxine graduated from New Castle High in 1946 and later became the first of her family to earn a College degree when she graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with a RN degree in nursing. Maxine was an avid bridge player and a 2 time shuffleboard champion, and member of Northside Baptist Church in Ruskin. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her bother Harry and husband Merle. Surviving are her brother Bill Groce, daughter Susan Groce, son David Groce, granddaughter Paula Hodge, great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.


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Beverly Bradburn

January 15, 2021

First met Maxine on a trip to China. Memorable trip with great company. She was a lovely lady.

Kathy Kildow

January 13, 2021

I met Maxine in 2012 when I went to Florida to help care for my mother in law Dorothy Rector. Maxine was her closest friend and fellow bridge partner. My mother in law passed away and Maxine was a great comfort to me and my sister in law, Maribeth Klaff, telling us many stories of their life in Colony Cove that we were unaware of.
Although I only new her for that very brief time, I was very glad to have met such a kind. sweet, loyal person. RIP Maxine.