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Gilda Grimaldi

GILDA M. GRIMALDI (nee Parrinelli) age 98, beloved wife for 75 years of Salvatore “Sal”; loving mother of Gloria Stith (husband David), John “Jack” (wife Karen), Sally and Donald; devoted grandmother of Michelle and Michael Bowdren, Phillip and Christopher Grimaldi, Susan Spada (husband Daniel), Melissa Bowdren and great-grandmother of Alexandria, Brooke, Gianna, and Haley; cherished daughter of the late Frank and Concetta (nee Gianlombardo) Parrinelli; preceded in death by 4 brothers and 3 sisters; dear aunt and great-aunt of many; former mother-in-law of Sandra Grimaldi.

Gilda was born on October 4, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY and passed away on October 3, 2017. She spent the majority of her life in Geauga County. Gilda met her husband, Salvatore, while he was serving in the U.S. Navy during a visit to New York. The couple married on October 21, 1942 in New York and later moved to Cleveland where Sal started a successful dry cleaning business. Gilda remained a homemaker her entire life and was completely devoted to her husband and family. Until her death, Sunday dinner at her home with her whole family, was the most important aspect of her life. She was a longtime member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Chagrin Falls and the Russell Township Garden Club. For many years she played golf with the 9 Hole Ladies Golf Club at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, was an avid reader, and enjoyed playing cards. Gilda and Sal were great hosts who loved to entertain and dance.  The family wishes to extend their thanks to the wonderful caretakers who became their extended family; Cindy, Kerry, Nicole, Julie, Dana, Peggy and Dottie. Your family thanks you, Gilda, for a lifetime of memories and for your love, kindness, help and encouragement.

Contributions may be made in memory of Gilda to Vinney Hospice and Palliative Care of Montefiore at The Montifiore Foundation, 1 David N. Myers Parkway, Beachwood, OH 44122.

Prayers of Christian Burial Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10 AM at THE FUNERAL HOME. Entombment following at Knollwood Mausoleum. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Gilda at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.)  FRIDAY 4-7 PM.

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  1. Phyllis A. D'Angelo :

    My beautiful Aunt Gilda was my sweetest and most caring Aunt. She always encouraged keeping in touch with family members. I’m sorry that I cannot share this moment in person with my great cousins. I send love and sincere condolences to my Uncle Sal and the entire Ohio family. I love you all.

  2. Dear Gloria and Sally,
    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I remember her so well.,She was so warm and bubbly and kind. Of course I think of her long friendship with my mother Irene (Majoros)My husband Andrew remembers her fondly, too. May God console your family.and may she rest in His peace.

  3. This Kathy Greve from garden club we just heard today that our dear friend Gilda had passed away if we have known we would have been there for her funeral there is only five us left now and we regard that we did not get over to see here is year I had called her and talked to her. We are going to miss her Gloria there a lot of great and fun times with her during the years. God bless all your family during this time

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