Levio (Butzie) Grilli, 93, of the Hilldale section of Plains Township, passed into heaven Friday morning, Jan. 4, 2013, at Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Hilldale, he was the son of the late John B. and Josephine Berrettini Grilli.
Levio was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, Class of 1938, where he excelled in baseball, football and wrestling. He was a Pennsylvania All State wrestler in 1938. He attended a baseball training camp for the New York Giants in 1939. Levio also coached baseball and football for many years.
Prior to retirement, he was employed as a machinist by Yates Electric, West Wyoming, and last by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.
He was a member of the Christian Apostolic Church, Plains Township, and a member of the Plains Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 1991.
Preceding him in death are his brothers, Domero and Angelo; sisters, Lena Palmaioli, Violet Surma, Arnesta Grilli and Marie Moskal; and infant brother, Angelo.
Surviving are Levio's wife of 63 years, Baldina Nati Grilli, Hilldale; son, Dr. Joseph J. Grilli and his wife, Lisa, Jenkins Township; daughter, Lynn Grilli Gilroy and her husband, Leo, Kingston; grandchildren, Dr. Christopher J. Grilli and his wife, Dr. Jennifer, Kaitlyn Grilli and Liam Gilroy; great-grandson, Maxwell Levio Grilli; sister, Emma Esopi, Hilldale; many beloved nephews and nieces.
The family would like to thank the staff of Celtic Hospice (Hospice Community Care) and Riverstreet Manor for their excellent and compassionate care.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township, with services to be held at 10 a.m. in the Christian Apostolic Church, Plains Township, with the Rev. David Fischi officiating. Interment will be held in Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial donations may be made to the Christian Apostolic Church, 757 N. Main St., Plains Township, PA 18705.
Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com