Obituaries 12-04-2019

Robert Baptista

GE retiree

Robert D. Baptista, 83, of Revere passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War and retiree from General Electric in Lynn. He was also a lifelong member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club, held a charter boat Captains License and was a lifelong member of the Winthrop Elks Club.

He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Rossi) Baptista, loving father of Lee Ann Voner and her husband, Richard of Revere, Lisa Murphy and her husband, Arthur of Danvers, Roberta Grutti and her husband, Vincenzo of Middleton, and the late Michael Baptista; caring brother of Jean Festa of Hawaii; cherished grandfather of Jennifer, Richard Jr., Shawn, Ross, Madison, Michael, Vincenzo, and Sophia and great-grandfather of Mason, Dylan and Ian. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Robert’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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Angelina ‘Angie’ King

An inspiring woman who loved cooking, dancing and being with her family

Angelina “Angie” (Gaglione) King of East Boston, passed away on Nov. 27 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 88.

Angie was born in Boston on May 6, 1931 to Raymond and Frances (Alfieri) Gaglione.

Angie was a very inspiring woman. She loved cooking and dancing. She loved her family and being around them. She loved cooking for everyone and her door was always open to anyone. She enjoyed going out on weekends with her friends, eating pizza, and spending time with her pets, Emma and Sammy.

She was the beloved wife of the late Jerry King, devoted mother of Theodore Baker and his wife, Alison of Marlborough, Deborah Baker of East Boston and the late Timothy Baker; dear sister of Michael Gaglione,  Pasquale Gaglione and Ronnie Gaglione, all of East Boston and the late Susan “Cookie” Pioppi; cherished grandmother of Timothy and Theodore Baker Jr. and adored great-grandmother of Sarah, Joseph, Jordan, Aaliyah and Theodore III.

She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Angelina’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston, today, Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of Angelina’s life. Services will conclude with Angelina being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions 75 Liberty St., Danvers.

Tina Grande

Lifelong East Boston resident

Tina M. Grande, 90, a lifelong East Boston resident, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

She was the loving mother of Deborah Battista, Lorraine Consalvi and her husband, Ron, Ralph Battista and

Louis Vaccaro and his wife, Anita; cherished grandmother of Mia Rizzuti, Sureya Winocour and her husband, Jesse, Tara and Alexis Vaccaro and adored great-grandmother of Sara, Ralph and Nicholas Rizzuti and great-great-grandmother of Lilyanna Rizzuti and Daniel McNeil. She was the caring sister of Raymond Grande and is also survived by her former husband, Antonio Vaccaro and son-in-law Munib Wober. 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Vazza  Beechwood Funeral Home, Revere.

Anthony DiStacio

Past member of the Orient Heights Civic Club and Progressive Club of East Boston

Anthony L. DiStacio of Middleton, formerly of Peabody and East Boston, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 1.

A past member of the Orient Heights Civic Club and the Progressive Club of East Boston, he was the loving son of the late Louis and Pauline (Lomanno) DiStacio, devoted husband, for over 56 years to Elizabeth “Betty” (Carino) DiStacio, dear father of Lisa DeFelice of Peabody and Kim Richard of Charlestown, beloved brother of Norma Meola of East Boston and the late Marie Winoski and cherished grandfather of Judah and Michael.

He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Anthony’s life, by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday with a service in our Serenity Chapel at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Anthony being laid to rest in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

In honoring Anthony’s life, memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For more information, please visit

Bronislaw ‘Ronny’ Bakunowicz

Of East Boston

Bronislaw “Ronny” Bakunowicz of East Boston passed away on Nov. 27.

He was the loving son of Livercina (Dos Santos) Bakunowicz and the late Anton of East Boston, dear brother of Paul Bakunowicz and his wife, Maria of Florida, Stan Bakunowicz of Revere and Sonia Santilli and her husband, Pat of East Boston. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Ronny’s family, services are private. In honoring Ronny and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice. For more information, please visit

Grazio Mellone

Longtime member of the Iron Workers Union

Grazio Mellone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away Nov. 26.

A longtime member of the Iron Workers Union Local #7, he was the loving husband of 65 years to Palma (Chiola) Mellone of Revere, devoted father of Alfonso and Giovanni, both of Italy, Rosa Grasso and her husband, Demetrio and Giuseppe “Pino” and his wife, Marlene, all of Revere and the cherished grandfather of eight. He is also survived by his many loving great-grand children, as well as his many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston. Grazio was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

James Aloisi

Member of the greatest generation

James Aloisi died at home, in the loving care of his family, on Friday, Nov. 29 at the age of 93.

Jim grew up in Medford, the youngest of the seven children of Agrippino and Antonetta (Speranza) Aloisi. His sisters Mary, Rose and Josie and his brothers, Joseph, Mike, Sam and Frank predeceased him.

He was a graduate of Medford High School, and as a young man he earned the distinction of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Jim married Rose Costa, an East Boston native, four years after he returned from naval service in World War II. They were born two weeks apart in the same month of the same year, and they died two months apart, as if they were always meant to be closely linked through life’s journey.

He was a part of that “Greatest Generation,” the men and women who took their courage for granted. That courage was born in their perseverance, overcoming the deprivations of the Great Depression and, later, defending the world in a global conflict when the cause was clear and the moral imperative never in doubt. Jim served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, notably guarding ships on the perilous Murmansk Run.

Jim and Rose were married in June of 1949, settled in East Boston, had two children and lived and loved through good times and bad through 70 years of marriage.

Jim worked for many years for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and, during the Christmas holidays, he would work evenings at the Post Office in order to earn a little extra money to pay for the holiday presents. In later years he worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, heading the rate setting division.

Rose was a formidable cook, and Jim was a formidable eater. In food they found a special place of enjoyment and pleasure. In retirement, they summered at Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard where Jim found special enjoyment in creating and tending a lush seasonal garden.

Before he died, he was the oldest living member of the Saint Agrippina Society, a religious group that venerates the patron saint of Mineo, Sicily.

His son, James Jr. and daughter, Carol Ann would like to acknowledge the support and care of the Care Dimensions hospice team and the home care support provided by truly wonderful people who seamlessly worked with the family to make a challenging time manageable.

Jim Aloisi is mourned by his two children, who will miss the warmth of his gentle, generous, spirit, their spouses Paul Rehme and Susan Ward, and by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

The family strongly prefers that In lieu of flowers, donations be made to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

Meghan Ann O’Brien-Pheley

Aug. 29, 1980 — Nov. 15, 2019

Meghan Ann O’Brien- Pheley was an amazing athlete, excelling in basketball, softball and long distance cycling and competed in a marathon, placing very high. Meghan earned a nursing degree from Coconino Community College, and was a Registered Nurse.

Meghan loved the out of doors. She fly fished the rivers and streams of Montana and Alaska. She hunted, hiked the 6,000-foot mountains usually alone near Flagstaff, Ariz. looking for shed antlers, and from childhood her earliest defining words were “Me do it,” and no matter what it was, she wanted to complete things on her own. Meghan was also an accomplished photographer who earned prestige in nature photographs, and her photographs literally brought the outside world she loved to vivid reality.

Meghan left us all too soon, but we will always carry her in a place deep within our hearts.

 Meghan is survived by her parents, Kemp Pheley and Maureen O’Brien-Pheley of Southern Oregon; three brothers; Justin Pheley of California; Joshua Pheley and his wife, Amy and their children, Connor and Caleb of Alaska and Kevin Pheley, Southern California; aunts Katy O’Brien of East Boston, Christina Komadina of Washington, D.C., and her uncle, Greg O’Brien of East Boston.

 Private family services will be held in Oregon and if you wish to make a donation, please do so in Meghan’s name to the charity of your choosing.

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