Carmela M. “Nellie” (DeLucia) Grillo, 93, of Methuen, MA, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. Nellie was born in Stoneham, MA on February 12, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Luigi DeLucia and Maria (Girardi) DeLucia.
Nellie was raised and educated in Lawrence, MA. She met the love of her life, Leo, while he was on a "rest and relaxation" leave from the Army, and was married on June 8, 1947. She and Leo built a home in Methuen in 1953 and have lived there since. She retired from working at the IRS in North Andover. Nellie enjoyed to sew, bake, cook, but mostly loved being surrounded by her family.
Nellie was predeceased by her husband of sixty-six years, Leo F. Grillo, Sr., and three siblings.
She is survived by her children, Leo F. Grillo, Jr., Robert J. Grillo and his wife, Debbie, Marie (Grillo) Caruso and her late husband, Joe, Patricia Holland and her husband, James, and Darlene Peters and her husband, Gary; and loving niece, Claire Campagnone. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and her cat, Noel.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St. in Methuen. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 11th at Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex St. in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Nellie’s memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.