Helen "Dolly" M Fortino Grimm

May 16, 1927April 14, 2018

Bloomington – Helen “Dolly” Fortino Grimm, 90, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at her residence. Dolly was born May 16, 1927, in Barnes, IL, the daughter of Charles and Josephine Minnelli Fortino. She married Russell Grimm in 1947 at Holy Trinity Church in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on November 30, 2012. Surviving are their two daughters, Annie Jenkins of Bloomington, and Josie (David) Whitecotton of N.C.; two grandchildren, Michael (Donna) Griffin of Bloomington and Dane Griffin of Bloomington; four great-grandchildren, Drake, Cassidy, Brock, and Savannah. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and four brothers. Dolly brightened and touched everyone’s heart. She loved God and her family with all of her heart. Dolly and her husband Russ were always known in the restaurant business for their laughter congeniality, hard work and expertise, and excellent food service. Dolly’s famous spaghetti and meatballs will be remembered by family and friends forever. Dolly always had an open heart for everyone she knew and loved. Everyone will remember her bright special smile and loving personality. She loved working on her word search books, sitting on the porch, visiting with friends and family. She also loved going for rides and watching the cubs play ball on T.V. Thank you to all caregivers, friends that kept her company and physicians that cared for her during her needs. Thank you for the many times for the priest and Linda visiting and bringing her communion at home. Our Angel in this family is gone but forever will be in our hearts and guide us in our different journeys through our lives. We love you Mom and Nana. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 at East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington. Committal service will be held following the service at East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Annie Jenkins, Daughter
  • Josie (David) Whitecotton, Daughter
  • Michael (Donna) Griffin, Grandchild
  • Dane Griffin, Grandchild
  • four great-grandchildren, Drake, Cassidy, Brock, and Savannah. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and four brothers.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 20, 2018

Helen "Dolly" M Fortino Grimm

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Tia F. Duhe'

April 19, 2018

Prayers for the Jenkins and Whitecotton families during this difficult time. Aunt Helen will be missed and sorry that I never got to taste her delicious spaghetti and meatballs. She did have that Fortino trait of making you laugh.
So sorry for your loss.
Love and hugs to all my long distant relatives.
Tia F. Duhe

Jan Schirmer

April 19, 2018

My thoughts & prayers with you, Annie & all your family. May Dolly's soul rest in peace.
With Love & in Deepest Sympathy,
Jan Schirmer, Ocala, FL

Kimberly Havens

April 18, 2018

Dolly was an angel on earth. We were neighbors and quickly became chosen family. She lit up the room with her smile and always warmed my soul with her kind heart. I enjoyed spending time with her, watching the Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. She had such a great sense of humor too, and often shocked me with the funny things she would say. She will forever be my angel. To her family, I hope that all of the memories you've shared with Dolly with help ease your pain and lift your heavy hearts during this most difficult time.