Rita Grillo, 57, of Stoneham, originally from East Boston, passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer on Monday, October 3rd, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
Rita was born in Italy on September 18th, 1965 and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of two. She became the epitome of the American Dream, building her life and career through hard work and motivation. After 30 plus years in the import export industry, Rita leaves behind a great void as the prominent leader of the Alpi USA company, Boston location for over 25 years.
Rita is the loving daughter to the late Matteo Grillo and Rosalia (Lambiase) Grillo. Dear sister of Maria "Pina" Falzone and husband Salvatore of E. Boston, Tina Mitrano and husband Giuseppe of Stoneham, Giovanna Chiulli and husband Umberto of E. Boston, Antonio Grillo and wife Lucia of Stoneham, Frank Grillo and wife Diana of Saugus, the late Andrea Grillo and his wife Patricia of North Andover, Giulio Grillo and wife Deborah of Stoneham, the late Victor Grillo and wife Debbie of Revere, Patty Hanton and husband Robert of Saugus, Sonia Connolly and husband Christopher of Stoneham, and Serena Grillo of E. Boston. Dearest childhood friend of Elizabeth Ahern of E. Boston. Also survived by her 23 loving nieces and nephews, 21 great-nieces and nephews, many cousins and friends and her lovingly spoiled dog Riley and cat Frankie.
Funeral from the Barile Family Funeral Home 482 Main St. (RT28) STONEHAM on Saturday October 8th, 2022 at 9 am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Rita's Eternal Life in St. Patrick Church 71 Central St. Stoneham at 10 am. Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Family and friends are kindly invited to gather and share memories with the family on Friday October 7th, 2022 from 3 pm to 8 pm in the funeral home. Parking attendants and elevator available.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in memory of Rita to St. Jude's Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org