Annie Francis Stillone, 80, of Santa Fe, passed away peacefully at home, on Sunday, Dec, 27th, 2015. The youngest of 7 children, she was born August 29th, 1935, in Galveston, to Ada and John Stillone, both immigrants from Sicily. Aunt Annie was a proud BOI who took great delight in her Italian heritage. She loved family reunions, and was instrumental in helping to organize many of them through the years. Aunt Annie grew up on the east end, and graduated from Ball High in the Class of ’55. She worked for the Galveston / Texas City Pilots from April, 1963 until her retirement in Dec. of 2006, after more than 43 years of dedicated service.
Aunt Annie was a long time member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, which she joined upon her move to Alta Loma in 1959. A devout Catholic, she became involved in many church organizations, including Altar Society and Friendship Club. She was also very active in the church bazaars, and was a loyal and generous supporter of the Knights of Columbus, Council 10393, whom she loved to travel with on bus trips to the casinos. An avid baseball fan, she was especially fond of Tommy Lasorda and her beloved Dodgers.
Above all, Aunt Annie loved her family. Sunday afternoons in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s usually meant Grandma Stillone’s homemade Italian for dinner, followed by cards and football. The Christmas Eve parties she hosted for her extended family live on in the memories of all of us who were blessed to have grown up in that time.
In addition to her parents, Aunt Annie was preceded in death by her brothers Anthony Macaluso and Joe Macaluso, and sisters Jerome Marabella, Camilla Tambrella and Rosa May Catching. She is survived by her beloved sister Laura Stillone, and a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins too numerous to list by name. She will also be remembered by her church family, and the many friends she made throughout her life.
Finally, to Rosetta, Annette, Patrice, Rosie, Charlie, Cathy, and Brandie, and to all the care givers throughout her illness, thank you for the loving care and compassion shown to her, Aunt Laura and the family these last couple of months.
Annie’s family will receive visitors beginning at 4:00 pm, Sunday, January 3rd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A vigil service and rosary will begin at 6:00 pm.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Monday, January 4th, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Hitchcock, with Father John Kappe officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.
Pallbearers will be David Catching, Trey Catching, Kevin Catching, Nathan Catching, Frank Marabella and Michael Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Macaluso, Jack Ploss, Sterling Wilson, Douglas Godinich, and the Knights of Columbus, Council 10393.