June 27th, 2015 1:22 am

First Posted: 1/13/2013

Levio ‘Butzie' Grilli, 93, of the Hilldale section of Plains Township, passed into heaven on Friday morning, Jan. 4, 2013, at River Street Manor, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Hilldale, he was a 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 at Yates Electric, West Wyoming, and more recently for the Wilkes-Bare 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 were 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, 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 River Street Manor for their excellent and compassionate care.

Funeral was held Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township, with services at 10 a.m. in the Christian Apostolic Church, Plains Township, with the Rev. David Fischi officiating. Interment will be held in the Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming.

Memorial donations may be made, if desired, to The Christian Apostolic Church, 757 N. Main St., Plains, PA 18705. Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.