Phyllis A. Zucchi

Dec 04, 2012
Phyllis A. Zucchi

Waldoboro — Phyllis Adele Simpson Zucchi, 89, died peacefully at her home in Waldoboro on Nov. 30, 2012 with her family at her side.

She was born June 20, 1923, in Providence, R.I. and was the only child of James and Florence Evans Simpson.

Phyllis graduated from Lockwood High School in Warwick, R.I., Bryant College and the University of Maine. She was a teacher for many years in Tenants Harbor. She was married to William Zucchi for 36 years.

Bill and Phyllis moved to Waldoboro in 1948, where they raised three daughters. Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Adele Zucchi Ames and her husband, David of Northport; Barbara Zucchi and her husband Donald Johnston of Jefferson; Carol Zucchi and her husband, Carl Gushee of Waldoboro. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Pamela Veilleux and her husband, Leo of Manchester, N.H.; Deborah Tukey and her husband, Dave of Gorham; Darcy Johnston and her husband John Collins of Searsmont; Erika Johnston and her husband Jason Rich of Waldoboro; Will Gushee and his partner, Darcy Forrest of Tucson, Ariz.; Emily McDermott and her husband, Joe of Fort Kent. Phyllis is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Jocelyn and Alyson Veilleux of Manchester, N.H.; Blake Brown of Windham; Anthony Dugan and Alex Tukey of Gorham; Elliot and Azalea Rich of Waldoboro; Stella Collins of Searsmont; Zappa McDermott of Fort Kent. She is also survived by two nieces, Jean Hagan of Warwick, R.I.; Letty Jo Worrick of Aurora, Colo.; two nephews, Jonathan Zucchi of Narragansett, R.I. and Timothy Zucchi of Coventry, R.I.

Phyllis loved to play word and card games. Her many bridge friends played with her up until just before she died. They were Jean Begley, Ellie Groth, Cynthia Allen, Paula Titon, Linda Letteney. For that the family is extremely grateful. She also loved to play Scrabble or any other word game. She played every Wednesday afternoon with Ginny Jackson and her mother Virginia “Ma” Jackson, along with Fran Williamson.

The family would like to thank all of Phyllis’ caregivers; Gloria Luce, Gwen Galucki, Paula Titon, Erika Johnston, Darcy Johnston and Emily McDermott for all the special care and love they gave her.

Thank you to family and friends for all the cards and letters that were sent to her during her illness. Nancy Thornley was her ever faithful pen pal exchanging letters many times a week. These letters and cards meant so much to her.

There will be a celebration of life for Phyllis on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Friendship Street in Waldoboro with Pastor Jen Curran presiding. Please omit flowers. Donations may be sent to the New England Music Camp: 8 Goldenrod Lane, Sidney, ME 04330. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine. Online condolences may be offered to

Comments (2)
Posted by: Caroline | Dec 05, 2012 13:43

The world lost a wonderful woman. Mrs. Zucchi was my favorite teacher. A wonderfully sweet woman who would always have candy in her desk and a song for the piano she kept in ther room. I sang Patch The Pony to my children when they were young just as she had taught me at 6 years old. She loved children and made a life long impact. My condolences to her family. She will be sadly missed.

Posted by: Jeffrey R. Falla | Dec 04, 2012 18:12

Phyllis was an amazing woman. I taught with her at the St. George School for many years. I taught Second Grade with her for 2 years. She was always full of energy and never ever complained about anything! I remember how she loved to have people over to her house and how much she loved her lawn and the grounds she cared so much for. She was that special teacher who made a connection with certain kids and they knew how much she cared for them. One of the strongest women I have known. She will be missed by many.

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