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John Spinale of Woburn, a former custodian in Physical Plant, died on April 13 at the age of 73. He retired in 1994 after working at MIT for 12 years. Spinale is survived by his wife, Vincenza; two daughters, Rose Johnson of Medford and Darlene Spinale of Lowell; a son, Joseph of Woburn; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Barbara Johnson of Boston, a former staff member in the Laboratory for Energy and Environment, died on April 16 at the age of 78. She began working at MIT in 1961 and retired in 1996. No information on survivors was available.
Joseph Gulino of Woburn, a former office assistant in the Property Office, died on April 29 at age 76. He retired in 1992 after working at MIT for 18 years. He is survived by his wife, Matilda; two daughters, Mary Ellen Silvani of Hampton, N.H., and Janice Mondi of Woburn; a son, Joseph Jr. of Tewksbury; two sisters, Nancy Consilvia of New Hampshire and Frances Culici of Belmont; and eight grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was said in St. Anthony's Church in Woburn on May 3. He was buried in Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 14, 2003.