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Donald Joseph Grillo

Born: August 25, 1923

Died: October 23, 2017

Donald Joseph "Donato" Grillo, 94, of Batavia, IL and formerly of Cary, NC and Detroit, MI, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Donato was preceded by his wife of 38 years, Georgie Anna (Jackie) Smith (2013) of Jackson, MI. He is lovingly remembered by his sons, Donald (Janie) Grillo and Kenneth Grillo; grandchildren, Donald James Jr. (D.J.) and Carolyn Grillo; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Donato had a passion for art which began as a young boy in New York City where he attended the Leonardo da Vinci Art School. After serving in the Army during WWII, he moved to the Detroit, MI area where he raised his family and managed a clothing store. He retired to North Carolina with his wife, dedicating much of his time to his painting and sculpting. In his 60's, he attended Duke University where he honed his sculpting skills to include marble, wood and stone. Some of Donato's numerous art pieces were displayed at an art show in Desenzano del Garda, Italy in 1988. Donato and Jackie moved to Batavia, IL in 2001 to be close to family. They attended Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, Geneva, IL. In 2014, Donato was honored as a participant of the 59th Honor Flight Chicago, visiting the WWII memorial in Washington, DC. Donato has been a resident of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, IL since February of 2016.

SERVICES: Memorial service and internment of ashes, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York. April 14, 2018 11:00a.m.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Nov. 2, 2017
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