OBITUARY

Dorothy Nolan McCleary

October 2, 1930April 21, 2021
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Dorothy McCleary, known as Dot, age 90, formerly of Paoli, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021 at her residence in Exton. She was the beloved wife of the late Samuel McCleary and loving mother of Dottie (married to Jim) Graham and Nancy (married to Frank) Brincheiro and proud grandmother to Nolan, Will, Kate, Alex, and Anna. She was also the loving caretaker of many dogs in her lifetime, some for just a short time until she could reunite a lost dog to its owner, some adopted in their senior years so they could be spoiled and live the rest of their days with joy. Dorothy was a graduate of Little Flower High School of Philadelphia and later went on to earn a degree from Villanova University. She worked for many years at Pennsylvania Railroad where she met her husband Sam. She and Sam lived in Paoli where they raised their daughters and instilled in them a love for Ocean City, NJ. As a seamstress, quilter, and master of all kinds of needlework, she was best known for her hand-knit personalized Christmas stockings lovingly made for family and friends. She loved books, puzzles, the Phillies, Villanova basketball, collectables, and shopping, but none of these passions compared to her love for her grandchildren and supporting their interests. She would never miss an opportunity to watch a grandchild’s musical performance, dance recital, or sporting event, and took extra time to send cards, Tastycakes or a newspaper clipping to let you know you were on her mind. Her pride in their accomplishments would be shared with anyone who would listen. She will be remembered for her quick wit and supportive and generous nature, always having time to listen and care for those she loved. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Alleva Funeral Home Inc., 1724 E. Lancaster Ave. Paoli PA 19301. Funeral Service will be held on Monday April 26, at 10:00am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 400 Lancaster Ave. Malvern PA. Seating is limited to family only, please join by livestream at covenantfrazer.org/streaming. Committal will be at Philadelphia Memorial Park (Malvern) at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Projectpaws.org (bullet proof vests for military and police dogs) or to LaMancha Animal Rescue at lamanchaanimalrescue.org, or checks mailed to PO Box 656 Unionville PA19375.

Services

  • Visitation at Alleva Funeral Home

    Sunday, April 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 26, 2021

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Dorothy Nolan McCleary

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Karelis Pickus

April 23, 2021

Dot McCleary. You were such a light. You raised a most loving daughter who I call my second mom, Dottie Graham. You always made me feel like one of the family from the first time we met. You were proud of me even though I am not your blood. You didn’t bat an eyelash when Dottie decided to let me take up space in their home being my mentor in CCF. That speaks volumes of the cloth from which Dottie is cut. Dottie (Graham) is so welcoming, selfless and passionate for others and of course animals and it came directly from your larger than life heart. I feel so blessed to have known you Grandma Dot. I’m so lucky to have my Graham Fam. May your memory be a blessing.

So much love,
Karelis

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