Anne Guidera Mace, 88, of West Chester, passed away peacefully on the morning of November 5th at Season’s Hospice in Phoenixville, PA. One of the nine children of the late Thomas J. Guidera and the late Mary Hild Guidera, Anne was the loving wife of the late Frank T. Mace. They were blessed to have shared many years united in marriage. She was devoted to him for the rest of her life. They are finally together at last and her reward truly is in heaven. Together, Anne and Frank had eleven aMACEing children.
Anne was known to many as a wife, mom, mother-in-law, sister, friend, grandmom, GG, great grandmom, aunt, cousin, and neighbor.
Anne was a very involved mother and member of her community. This led to years of her being a cafeteria helper, class mom, seamstress, baker, Gimbles salesperson, basketball cheerleader, CCD instructor, real estate agent, caterer, Eucharistic minister, recess monitor, Girl Scout mom, 4-H mom, at-home child-care provider, an assistant at MBNA and even a farmer (much to her chagrin!).
Anne was very proud of all of her children and their partners.
Frank (Karen), Michael (Freda), Theresa (Scott), Stephen (Mendy), Margaret, Peter (Laura), Brian (Dana), Barbara (Jack), Jennifer (Brad), and Krissy. Daughter, Mary Kathleen pre-deceased Anne after a lifetime of special care and attention from her loving mother.
Anne’s greatest pride and joy was each and every grand and great-grandchild. She was delighted to receive “checking in” texts from Florida, Facetime calls from Atlanta, surprise visits from Washington, D.C. & New York, photos and phone calls from Delaware, and all of the visits on her porch from her favorite locals in Pennsylvania. Her grandchildren will especially miss their GG as she had unique relationships with each one.
Kristen (Alex), Kelly (Matthew), Kimmi, Tommy, Jarrett, Jordan, William, Julia, Kate, Matthew, Lucas, Tonya (Ted), Megan, Taylor, Graysen, Hayden, Finnley, Emily, PJ, Gabby, Charlie, Annie, Ben, Natalie, Claire, Joy, Russell (Samantha), Sam, Morgan, Makenna, Grace, Colin, and Christopher.
Her great-grandchildren also hold a very special place in her heart; Britteny, Allyson (Jake), Xander, Brantley, Jackson, and Chance.
Anne was a devoted sister of Rita G. Zungalia, Patricia G. Maas, Betty Jean G. Bollinger, James G. Guidera, Joan G. DeSantis and the late Mary G. Cummons, Thomas J. Guidera Jr. and Rev. John F. Guidera, S.J. She and her sisters had many fun excursions. OCMD will never be the same after a visit from the Guidera Girls, and her brother, Jimmy was her favorite dance partner. Anne is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Anne was grateful to all of her visitors and well-wishers who came to her home in West Chester and sat on the porch watching the birds and the entertaining chipmunks. She was genuinely blessed to the very end with the love and devotion of her caretaker, daughter Margaret, who gave her all the patience and attention that she needed. Anne loved all dogs, with a special spot in her heart for Golden Retrievers. Her special love, Sophie, was “the best dog” and they’re reunited now, as well.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1:30 pm on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at St. Joseph Parish, 332 Manor Avenue, Downingtown, PA. Family and friends will be received from 12 noon until 1:15 pm. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of four charities that were very special to Anne.
The Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown 141 E. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335; 610-873-1149
Provides food, information and basic assistance to those in need with respect and compassion.
Safe Harbor of Chester County 20 Matlack Street, West Chester, PA 19380; 610-692-6550
A non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide housing, food and access to support services in a structured environment for homeless men and women in Chester County.
Cradles to Crayons 4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Suite 142, Philadelphia, PA 19144; 215-836-0958
Provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, the essential items they need to thrive.
The Jesuits of the USA 39 East 83 Street, New York, NY 10028; (212) 774-5500
Donors make possible the daily miracles of the Society of Jesus and its ministries throughout the world.