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Isabelle M. (Dwyer) Grillone

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Isabelle M.

"Gramma Bea"

(Dwyer) Grillone

1923 - 2015 ADAMS Isabelle Mary "Gramma Bea" (Dwyer) Grillone, 91 years young, formerly of 75 Commercial Street, passed peacefully to heaven from a long, full life on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Williamstown Commons. Bea was born in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Canada on Sept. 3, 1923, daughter of James and Agnes (Reynolds) Dwyer. She attended schools in Newfoundland. Bea was admitted to the United States in 1946 and lived in New York state with her sister, Alice. She worked at Alice's auto repair and gas station also helping raise her sister's children. She also worked as a waitress in New York restaurants and enjoyed attending dances with soldiers of the World War II era. Bea met her husband Leo Grillone in New York when she was head waitress at the Casa Villa Rosa and Leo was a chef in the 1960s. They married in 1964 and drove cross country, settling in San Jose, Calif. and having their daughter in 1965. Bea and Leo moved to North Adams, Mass. in 1970 to be near Leo's family. In North Adams, Bea worked for several prominent area families as a housekeeper and on occasion as a hostess for parties for the director of the Williamstown Theater Festival. Bea was known for her excellent cooking and baking, especially her Christmas fruitcakes. She enjoyed bingo and was proud of her Irish heritage. She spent immeasurable amounts of time loving and spoiling her grandchildren, who were her best friends. Bea enjoyed lunches with her grandson, David, and shopping and boat rides with her granddaughter, Calli. She was generous with her time in other ways as well, helping her friends and neighbors in times of need. After retirement, she volunteered at the Adams meal site of the Adams Community Center for Elder Services for 11 years. She was also nominated for the Horizon First Annual Caregiver Award. Bea was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy traveling from coast to coast in the United States, as well as several times to Florida, New Jersey, and to the Connecticut casinos. She will miss her evening chats, bingo and coffee hour with the ladies at the Millhouses. Special thanks to the caring staff of Williamstown Commons Unit 1 for their affection for and care of Bea in the last six months of her life, as well as the ladies from Hospice Care in the Berkshires. She leaves one daughter and son-in-law, Natalie Connie (Grillone) Yorke and her husband, David of Stamford, VT; grandchildren; David W. Yorke, Jr. and his wife, Amanda of North Adams, MA; Calli (Yorke) Bacon and her husband, Jeremy of Cape Coral, FL; great-grandchildren; PJ, Kolby, Ariana and Lucian Yorke of North Adams, and Hayli Bacon of Cape Coral, FL; several nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Canada; extended family and friends including Agnes Yorke, and her "favorite" nephew, Melvin Accetta, all of North Adams. She was predeceased by her husband, Leo Grillone who died February 1985; her parents and seven brothers, George, Frank, Edward, James, William, Gerald and Joseph Dwyer; three sisters, Gertrude Power, Alice Shea Saulnier and Agnes Morris, and several sisters and brothers-in-law. She is believed to be the last of her immediate family. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours for Isabelle "Bea" Grillone will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapel, 74 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. Donations in her memory are suggested for the felines at the Berkshire Humane Society, Hospice Care of the Berkshires, or the Stray Fund at Greylock Animal Hospital through the funeral home. In honor of Bea, please do something nice for someone today. To send a card or a message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 16, 2015
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