Alice M. Bakie, a homemaker and former World War II defense worker, died of heart failure Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The longtime Parkville resident was 87.
Alice Gentile, whose father was an immigrant from Italy, was born and raised in Dunmore, Pa. She was a 1938 graduate of Dunmore High School.
She moved to Baltimore in the early days of the war to take a job as a "Rosie the Riveter," helping to build warplanes at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.
There she met her future husband, Linwood J. Bakie, who also worked there, said a son, John J. Bakie of Bel Air.
The couple married in 1945 and settled in Parkville in 1948. Mr. Bakie, a safety officer at Maryland Cup Co. in Owings Mills, died in 1991.
Mrs. Bakie had been an active communicant of St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church and St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church.
In recent years, she had been an active member and Eucharistic minister at St. Michael the Archangel in Overlea.
Mrs. Bakie's hobby, her son said, was "her four sons."
She also was an accomplished Italian cook who made her "lasagna and ravioli noodles from scratch," her son said. "They were the best, in my opinion."
Mrs. Bakie enjoyed cooking Italian dinners for family and friends.
"Her house was always full of people, especially at holidays," he said.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at her church, Belair Road and Willow Avenue, at 10 a.m. Monday.
Also surviving are three other sons, Ronald A. Bakie of Ticonderoga, N.Y., Thomas L. Bakie of Delta, Pa., and Anthony M. Bakie of Parkville; a brother, Joseph J. Gentile of Dunmore; two sisters, Angela Kirwin of Pottsville, Pa., and Lenore Samela of Annandale, N.J.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.