Grieco, Edith M. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Edith Rosalia (Merrill) Grieco went home to God on Monday, April 19, 2021.
Beloved wife of the late Eugene (Gene) Grieco; loving mother of Louisa (Hal) Donovan; devoted grandmother of John (Rachel) Donovan and Matthew (Elizabeth Long) Donovan; and adoring great grandmother of Daniel, Palmer, Ryan and Elijah. Edith was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Edith (Gehringer) Merrill, sisters Marie (Whitey) Wilczynski, Katherine (Tony) Cantera, and brothers Charles (Kazia) Merrill and Horace (Mary) Merrill. She is survived by her sister Patricia Giannone of Wilmington, Delaware, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Edith was a devout member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church, a patient listener and confidante, and unwavering supporter of those in need, particularly supporting the Benedictine Sisters. She lived her beliefs that every person should be respected and that goodness can be found all around us.
She was born in December, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware and named after her mother. After attending school at St. Elizabeth’s in Wilmington, Edith entered the Benedictine novitiate in Ridgely, Maryland, but did not take vows. After she left the convent, Edith worked for Ralston Purina in Wilmington where she met Gene Grieco, the love of her life. They married in 1951 and their only daughter (Louisa) was born. In the 1960’s Gene’s career with Ralston Purina gave them opportunities to move to Pittsburgh, Denver, Huntington Beach, and finally St. Louis. Edith worked at Emerson Electric and later at McDonnell Douglas. She retired after 21 years in travel and relocation at McDonnell Douglas. She and Gene enjoyed traveling and spending time at their Lake of the Ozarks home, in Maui, and in Palm Springs. They shared good times with many close friends in St. Louis and on their travels and entertained frequently. Beginning in 1981, Edith and Gene spent as much time as possible with their grandsons, including weekly Sunday dinners. After Gene passed away in 2015, Edith found satisfaction and joy in being a great-grandmother. Because she preferred baking over cooking, Nana almost always brought dessert to Sunday dinner, usually pie. She was happiest when at prayer or surrounded by family.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11AM May 7 at St. Monica, with visitation at church beginning at 10AM. Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Angels’ Arms or Habitat for Humanity, as well as random acts of kindness.