Guido “Larry” Grilli

The Mercury News - - Obituaries & In Memoriams -

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.

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