Madeline Grella

December 6, 1942November 2, 2018
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Madeline Grella of Toms River, NJ passed away Friday, November 2, 2018. She was 75 years old.

Madeline entered this world with a fierce fire and determination in her eyes December 6, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Nina and Julio Rodriguez. Madeline describes in writings her proudest moment in her life was having her 3 children.

For her children, their proudest moment was getting to see her complete Drake Business School after being out of school for almost 16 years. After graduating the Business school, Madeline went on to become the Office Manager at a import-export company at 1 World Trade Center before moving to CT Corporation in 1987 where she met her beloved husband, Donald Grella that she went on to marry on the special date of October 17th. Maddy and Don lived in New York for many years before settling and sharing many memories in Freehold and Lakewood, New Jersey. Madeline enjoyed many arts such as ceramics, the love of music from Elvis, Frank Sanatra, and Marc Anthony. She also enjoyed cooking and also the sport of baseball and watching the New York Yankees win. Most importantly her true enjoyment was getting to care for her 4 legged friends all throughout her life. The love she had for her dogs was a true testament of her gentle but passionate love she shared in her heart.

Madeline is survived by her loving husband, Donald Grella whom she shared 31 beautiful years with and became better known as Maddy to him. She is also survived by her 3 children Diana De Martini, Caroline De Martini, Edward Brunson. She is also proudly survived by her six grandchildren Nina, Alexandria, Christopher B., Gregory, Gina, Christopher V., and 2 great granddaughters Sofia and Isabella.

A Visitation will be held at D’Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701 on November 6th from 4PM - 7:30PM, followed by a funeral Service at 7:30PM.


  • Donald Grella, Husband
  • Diana De Martini, Daughter
  • Caroline De Martini, Daughter
  • Edward Brunson, Son
  • Nina, Alexandria, Christopher B., Gregory, Gina and Christopher V., Grandchildren
  • Sofia and Isabella, Great Granddaughters


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Madeline Grella

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Stephen Floroff

November 7, 2018

My name is Steve Floroff. My mother in law lived across the street from Don and Madeline in Toms River for over 20 years. We would visit often and I would never miss a chance to talk to Don; usually when he was walking their dog! It was so obvious to me the love and devotion Don had for Madeline; in all of his words and actions. That kind of love you can’t mistake. Madeline always was so upbeat when we would talk, full of life and love for her husband. A perfect couple, and did she love her dogs! God bless you both.

Caroline De Martini

November 5, 2018

There are no words that can express the sorrow that I am feeling at the loss my mother. I will miss her telling me to be careful on the train when it was only 2pm. I will miss her telling me that I work too much and I will miss her telling me that she misses me. I was in the kitchen and told myself "let me call mom" and realized she is no longer there for me to call. My life will never be the same, even though she will live in my heart forever.

My mother was a fighter, as long as I can remember. She always persevered whatever hardship came her way and for that I thank her, for who I am today is a testament to the examples she showed in strength, love and loyalty. Her last battle, as we dug our heels in to fight, was not to be as the universe decided she'd had enough and called her home. I will miss you mom, like you will never know.

I'd like to thank her husband Don Grella for making the last 30 years some of the happiest moments of her life. My brother and my sister for giving her something to be very proud of in their successes. My nieces, nephews and my son for making her proud and giving her joy watching them grow. My friends for supporting me without reservation in this most difficult time. Most of all I'd like to thank my mother for loving me unconditionally.

I love you mom....Always and Forever....Caroline

Edward Brunson

November 5, 2018

My beautiful mom, I'm still not grasping that you have passed. I'm sad, angry, and that you are gone. But yet relieved that you do not have to suffer anymore. You been through so much in you're life but always fought! You're heart was the strongest part of you until it couldn't fight anymore. I will miss your voice, your pretty face, you're getting angry at the Yankees if they didnt do well. I'm remembering my childhood you kept us safe, always had a roof over our heads, a clean house and food on the table. I dont know how long this pain will last, I'm sure it will forever. I just need you to keep me motivated and strong. I remember you would go to my games right after work to cheer me on. I'm forever grateful to have had you in my life . I still have more time to make you more proud of me than you already were. We will take care of Don for you too mom, we will never be distant from him. He meant that much to you and us. I love you Mom. Please guide me throughout the rest of my life I need it. Until we meet again mom. I love you ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Diana Demartini

November 4, 2018

To mom
I will miss the times you would defend me whenever I needed you. Our talks with the pillow on the window sill as we watched the people in the neigherhood and make fun. When Halloween would come, you would decorate the apartment with candy and we would dance to monster mash. How one of our last conversation was how crazy the world is. Our hearts are broken right now, but I do believe with all of my might that we shall meet again❤️

Jacqueline Rivera

November 4, 2018

To my sister Madeline. Always loved you deep in my ❤ heart. Things happened but all I want to say is how much I love you. You took care of me when I was small. And always were there for all of us. I pray to God that you are in heaven with our Mom. God bless you. And thank you so much for the time we spent together. The times we laughed and the times we cried. Love you Always you're Sis Jackie.


Don and Madeline's Wedding Day, Married in Las Vegas - 1997


Don and Madeline's Wedding Day, Married in Las Vegas - 1997