Guido “Larry” Grilli
1923 - 2018 Resident of San Jose
Guido “Larry” Grilli passed away in San Jose, at the age of 95, after fighting esophageal cancer. Larry was born and raised in San Jose and graduated from Tech High School. He served three years as a Navy Seabee in World War II. His parents were Giuseppe and Teresa Grilli (deceased). They, along with Larry, farmed land on Phelan Avenue. It was rich land that grew amazing fruits, vegetables, grapes, cherries, and walnuts. Larry had three sisters (Jenny, Rose, and Julie) who spoiled their little brother.
When Larry was in high school, he met the love of his life, Jodene Newby, and they were married for 76 years. They loved and cared for their three children Ken, Jeanie, and Dorothy; their grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. They showed the same love and devotion to their siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends they made throughout their lives.
Their first house was lovingly referred to as “The Ranch,” where people gathered not just for their epic parties, like the 4th of July, but on a regular basis. The table would always be full from people stopping by for a cup of coffee, to chat with Larry and Jodene about life, or to enjoy the amazing food that Larry would create from the kitchen like his homemade pizzas, spaghetti sauce, polenta, garlic sauce, cioppino, and his other Italian specialties. Everyone was welcomed at “The Ranch” and there was always room for anyone at anytime.
Larry and Jodene then moved to Willow Glen where their open door home continued with a pool that was always open to anyone who wanted to take a dip. When Larry and Jodene weren’t at home, they loved to go camping at Seacliff & New Brighton State Parks where they made sure to bring enough food and drinks for anyone that might stop by. They could also be seen in Reno at the slot machines, donating to the school systems in the great state of Nevada, until Larry would hit a jackpot about once a trip.
These trips were always possible due to Larry’s thrifty shopping gene. There was never a sale that Larry would let go unnoticed. You could always count on seeing Larry and Jodene at Costco, Cash & Carry, or Smart & Final, pushing a cart together, gathering food for the next party or visitor. There was never a time when there was a shortage of food at Larry and Jodene’s house, just in case of an earthquake or everyone they knew happened to stop by.
Larry loved family and holidays, always making them fun and entertaining while he was videotaping everything that happened or taking pictures so we could all remember the fun we had. Whether it was Christmas with all his loving family, to the extravagant Easter Eggs Hunts in his backyard, to Halloween with the insane amounts of candy to give out to anyone who came to the door. Larry loved to spoil those who were close to him, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He enjoyed having his grandkids over and making them nothing but healthy food...homemade popcorn loaded with a ton of butter, milkshakes with about a carton of chocolate syrup in it, and about five pounds of macaroni and cheese.
Larry is survived by his wife Jodene, son Ken Grilli and daughter Dorothy Mifsud; his grandchildren; and all of his great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter Jean Seabert, and grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Julie Ferrari and preceded in death by his sisters Jenny Dutra and Rose Caffaratti. His friendly, caring spirit; love for cooking, especially making pizzas; and love for those close to him will be missed by his family and all who knew him.
Larry was a loving and giving person who will be missed very much, but he will always be in our hearts and his traditions will be carried on. He touched many with his friendly personality, his hard work ethic, love for life, and with his delicious food.
Friends and family are all welcome to attend a Funeral Service on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at LIMA-CAMPAGNA-ALAMEDA MISSION CHAPEL, 600 South Second Street in San Jose. Entombment to follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose.
We would also like to thank the staff at Bellerose for their tender care and assistance with Larry.