Winifred E. Bothum, 79, of Wilmington, Delaware, died after a courageous bout with cancer on March 14, 2017. “Winnie,” as her friends knew her, was born in Chester, Pa., on February 11, 1938, the daughter of Sylvia Fedorchak and Robert Syfrit.

She beamed with pride about her hometown, always reminding folks that Bill Haley got his start the same place she did. Her love of music and dancing started early and would continue throughout her life. For years, she and her beloved husband, Horace “Buck” Bothum, could be found dancing on Saturday nights at the Nightcap off Chichester Avenue, and she loved watching the big bands play at local parks. Those who visited their home were greeted by Winnie’s organ upon walking in and, if they were lucky, were treated to her playing. Later, she would take her talents on the road, playing for the residents at Lutheran Knolls on “Old Tunes Night,” or singing and dancing to “New York, New York” wherever and whenever it was played. Anyone who knew Winnie also knew she was an avid bowler, especially at the old Holiday Lanes. But above all, Winnie loved to cook, was darn good at it, and easily could have been a judge on “Chopped.” Her skills in the kitchen have almost singlehandedly ensured her place in heaven – she spent many years cooking for the priests at Holy Rosary Church and Archmere in Claymont and the nuns at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Wilmington.

She was predeceased by Buck Bothum, her husband of 40 years who has been patiently waiting to be lovingly nagged by the love of his life; her daughter, Sharon Persing, her son, Thomas Persing and her brother Bobby Syfrit.

She is survived by three children who she raised with so much love: sons Kenneth Persing of North Wilmington and Peter Bothum of Newark and granddaughter Jodi Persing of Swedesboro, N.J.; as well as a brother, Pete Fedorchak, of Yuma, Ariz.; and two sisters, Maryann Lagasse of Newark, Del.; and Millie Syfrit of Rochester, N.Y.

She was “Mom-Mom” to eight other cherished grandchildren, as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

Winnie’s family would like to thank the staff at Kutz Home in Bellefonte for the loving care and attention they gave to her; as well as the nurses and staff with Compassionate Care Hospice, who helped to make her comfortable and pain-free in her final days.

Family will receive friends and family at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE on Sunday, March 19 from 3-5 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, March 20 at Holy Rosary Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE. Burial will follow in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, Linwood, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Limen House, 600 W. 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.