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Pontarelli-Marino Funeral Home

971 Branch Ave, Providence, RI

OBITUARY

Maria Grace Marchionda

May 26, 1924November 14, 2019
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Maria Grace (D'Alessandro) Marchionda, 95, passed away on November 14, 2019.

She was a loving wife to Joseph P. Marchionda for 54 years. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Louise (Papa), sister of Dr. Vincent D’Alessandro, Dorothy Griffin and the late Carolyn Spinella, Frank D’Alessandro, and Elizabeth Carlone, and a very special aunt (like a mom, only cooler!) to many nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School and worked at Coro’s for many years. Upon her retirement she was entrusted with caring for her great nieces and nephew. She was a member of the Dominicana Club of Saint Pius in Providence and enjoyed duckpin bowling and card playing, especially high-low-jack. She was an avid sports fan and especially loved the New York Yankees and the Chicago Blackhawks.

She will forever be famously known as “Auntie Grace”. She was full of life and an inspiration to us all: completing 5K races in her 70’s, dancing in high heels at 92, and faithfully going to exercise classes. Her secret to youth was enjoying Italian food accompanied by a nice Cabernet. Everyone far and wide loved her hospitality and cooking, especially her pizza, cookies, Christmas Eve dinners and Easter brunches. Her strong personality influenced many lives. Many of her traditions and qualities will be passed on to the generations.

Visitation will be held Friday, 4-7 p.m. with funeral services on Saturday at 8:15 a.m. from the PONTARELLI-MARINO Home, 971 Branch Avenue, Providence. A Mass to celebrate her life will be at 9:30 a.m. at St. Philip’s Church, 622 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kindred Hospice, 2374 Post Road, Suite 206, Warwick, RI 02886, www.curohealthservices.com/donate.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 23, 2019

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Wendy Rathbun

November 22, 2019

"Auntie Grace" was a force of nature. She made me laugh and was an inspiration. My deepest sympathies go out to Joe. You are a very caring, loving husband. You set a wonderful example of what a marriage should aspire to be. Grace showed so much love and support to the children in her family. I was impressed at how active she was. She could run circles around the rest of us when she was well! She will be sadly missed and I am greatful to have had a chance to know her.. It is wonderful that she met the "new babies" in the family! I'm sure that gave her much joy. My condolences to all of you. Wendy Rathbun

David and Gayle Fandetti

November 22, 2019

Joe we are so sorry to hear of Grace's passing. We will miss her and the memory of her 4 bids at the card parties.
May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.
May the Lord wrap his arms around her and may she Rest in Peace.
Our heartfelt condolences, Gayle and David

Deb Anania

November 21, 2019

So sorry to hear of Aunt Grace’s passing.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Deb and Dave Anania

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