It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved mother Rita Grillo passed away peacefully on June 13, 2022, in Henderson, Nevada. She was exactly one month shy of her 98th birthday.

During her almost century of life, Rita, also lovingly known as Noni, Reetz, and Mom, touched the lives of countless friends and family with her generosity and her smile. She was born in Warren, Pennsylvania, on July 13, 1924, the fourth child of Santa and Frank Manfrey’s nine rambunctious children. After marrying and starting her own family in Warren, Rita often welcomed her many siblings, nieces and nephews to her home for meals and holidays. She was known for her marinara, her meatballs, and her cookies. Rita never turned down a competitive game of Farkle or Skip-Bo or a long conversation with a loved one. After spending 95 years of her life in Warren, Rita moved to Henderson where she spent her time being regularly visited by family, watching golf or The Price is Right, and dispensing her favorite advice, “What can you do?”

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Carl; her brothers Frank, Samuel, Orlando, and Eugene; and sisters Frances, Josephine, and Elizabeth.

Rita is survived by her and Carl’s three children, Judi, James (Lorrie), and Marcia (Bob); four grandsons Robert, Jordan (Sasha), Milo, and Max; one great-grandson Jordan Jr.; brother Joseph; and siblings-in-law Thomas and Irma Grillo, and Mary Olmsted; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Family and friends may call on Thursday, June 23, 2022, 5 – 7 pm, at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, 304 East Street, Warren, PA 16365. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10 am on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Rita’s church of over 80 years, St. Joseph’s Church, at 600 Pennsylvania Ave W, Warren, PA, 16365, with the Rev. Richard Tomasonne and Rev. Mark Mastrain, concelebrants, officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through St. Joseph School Scholarship Endowment Fund, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue W, Warren, PA, 16365. Cards can be mailed to 1284 Conewango Ave, H3, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent to or by visiting