Obituaries 12-13-2017

Gerard Partee

Retired union business agent

Gerard Partee died suddenly in East Boston on December 9.

Gerard was a retired business agent for the BSA – ILA with 45 years of service to the union.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marie M. (Theodore), son of the late Althea (Dixon) and Henry J. Partee, father of Timothy and his wife, Eleanor of Peabody, Lynda Giardina of Winthrop and David and Robin Partee, both of East Boston, brother of the late Jane Fozo and Althea Costello, grandfather of Ryan, Adam, David, Liana, Timmy, Angelica, Nicoletta and Destiny and great-grandfather of Ryan Jr., Evan and Sean. He was the uncle of James Costello and his wife, Valerie Barsom and the lifelong best friend of Stephen and Joanne Chance.

His Funeral Services will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston, today, Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends are invited.  Visiting hours will be today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in his memory to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Wounded Warriors Project would be appreciated.

Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home is available from 340 Bremen St. For additional information, visit:

Rosalie Maraio

Of East Boston

Rosalie (Belange) Maraio died in East  Boston on December 2. She was in her 97th year.

The beloved wife of the late Vincent Maraio BPD, she was the mother of Joseph J. and his wife, Diane Maraio of East Boston, Richard R. and his companion, Angela Caruccio of Revere, Lawrence Maraio of East Boston and the late Vincent A. Maraio; sister of the late Mary O’Brien, Joseph Belange and Eleanor Sutton; grandmother of Deborah Pino, Joseph G., Gregory V. and Michael A. Maraio, Kimberly and Stacey Maraio and great-grandmother of Joseph Vincent, Nicolas Peter, Alessia Leanne, Michael William, Christopher Vincent Mario and Matthew Pino. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Mass was held in the Sacred Heart Church, East Boston on December 7, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Donations in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated.  Arrangements were handled by Magrath Funeral Home.

Dennis Grasso

Commonwealth of Mass retiree and professional guitarist who appeared at many Revere Beach Boulevard clubs and lounges

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Dennis R. Grasso who passed unexpectedly at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere on Sunday, December 10 following a brief illness. He was 75 years old.

His funeral service will be conducted from the Funeral Home following the visitation at 12:30 p.m. and will be followed immediately by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Born and raised in Revere, Dennis graduated from Revere High School in 1960. He had a passion for music and for playing the guitar and appeared professionally at some of the lounges and nite-spots lining Revere Beach Boulevard in the 60’s and 70’s. He performed under the ‘moniker’ “Danny Richards” until his late twenties.

He began working with the Commonwealth of Massahusetts in several various capacities. As a toll collector, he was stationed at the Callahan Tunnel for several years. He began a lengthy association with the Department of Correction within their transport unit as a driver for clients and later for the elderly, retiring in 2000 at the age of 58.

Since that time, he has been his mom’s appointed care giver and advocate. His beloved and adored mother, Nellie (Dotolo) Gasso will observe her 102nd birthday on February 28, 2018. Mrs. Grasso’s ability to remain at her Revere Home is largely due to Dennis’ unparalleled efforts.

In addition to his mom, he is the devoted father to Lisa A. Lowell and her husband, David A. of Raymond, NH and Carla M. Grasso of Northwood, NH; the cherished grandfather to Richard P. Lowell and his wife, Brenda of Concord, NC, Steven A. Lowell and his wife, Michelle of Port Charlotte, Florida and Christina R. Lowell of Raymond, NH. He was the dear brother of the late Geraldine H. DeSisto and is also lovingly survived by eight great grandchildren: Austin, Mason, Brandon, Ally, Autumn, Reighna, Aiden and David and by many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For additional information, please visit:

Ralph Autilio

Lifelong East Boston resident

Ralph Autilio, a lifelong East Boston resident, died on Saturday, December 9 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston at the age of 68.

The cherished son of the late Ralph and Conchetta (Manganiello) Autilio, he was the loving father of Ralph Autilio and his wife, Kerry of New Hampshire, Steven Autilio and his wife, Teresa of Peabody and Jessica Autilio of Revere; dear brother of Rose Salazar of Everett and Diane Previte of Revere; adored grandfather of Lauren, Ryan, Rachel and Christina Autilio and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Ralph’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Wednesday, December 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Ralph’s life at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guest book and directions, visit:

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