Grace Calabrese

Grace Calabrese (Barilla)

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Grace M. Barilla Calabrese, age 88, of Erie, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 20, 2019.  

She was born in Erie, the daughter of the late Antonino and Francesca (Giacco) Barilla.

Grace graduated from Villa Maria Academy and worked as an Administrative Assistant to many Executive Directors at the Erie County Office of Children and Youth, proudly retiring in 1996.  For many years, Grace became the taste behind the scenes at Lakeshore Teresa’s Deli teaching her family of cooks to take it “personally” when cooking for our many happy customers.  She was delighted to celebrate Lakeshore Teresa’s selection as the 2019 Erie’s Choice for best Caterer!

Grace was an unforgettable mother, grandmother and friend to all she knew.  She will always be a light in our lives.

Grace is survived by two sons: Merchie Calabrese (Robin) and John Calabrese (Doreen) both of Erie and two grandchildren: John and Jillian Calabrese. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Roberta Barilla, best friend, Char Kolupski and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Dominic and Theodore Barilla and sister-in-law, Josephine Barilla.

Friends may call on Thursday at St. Peter’s Cathedral from 9 am until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10 am.  Send condolences to

Entombment will be in Gate of Heaven Mausoleum.

The family would like to thank the VNA Hospice staff for their wonderful care and her Physicians, Dr. Gary Esper and Dr. Billy Esper for taking care of “mom” throughout her lifetime.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association by visiting or by mailing: Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, 2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 126, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 - or to the VNA Hospice of Erie.

The Kloecker Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    St. Peter's Cathedral
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  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Peter's Cathedral
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    Very Rev. Michael Ferrick


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Ashley Jones

Posted at 07:57pm
Sincere condolences to John and his family. John spoke so lovingly of his grandma, and I know she was proud of his accomplishments and his heart.


Posted at 09:41am
My deepest condolences to the Calabrese family on the passing of Grace. John- you and your parents and family are in my thoughts and prayers. Howard

Vincent T. Lomardo

Posted at 06:01pm
My deepest condolences to John Calabrese and his entire family. John, your grandmother sounds like she was a really great lady! Sincerely, Vince

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