Grace Meo devoted mom, widow of Frank Meo, Sinatra fan and extraordinary dressmaker passed on Saturday, September 26th. from complications of the Corona Virus, she was 93.
Born in Brooklyn in 1927 to Vincent & Emanuela Russo she was one of nine children. Grace had resided in Millburn. She was predeceased by her husband Frank Meo and her son Vincent. Grace is survived by a son Frank Meo and daughter-in law, Sylvia Laudien-Meo as well as five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
As a young girl she had three loves which stayed with her entire life. One being Sinatra, the others were dressmaking and her family.
She was one of those teeny boppers (skipping school) screaming at the Rialto on Flatbush Ave to hear Sinatra sing. Her passion for his music lasted her entire life.
She worked at the famed dress maker, Milgrim’s on 57th street. There, with other young girls she worked on dresses for the women of high society and entertainers like Ethel Merman and Pearl White among others. Also she had a hand in making a dress for first lady Eleanor Roosevelt..
Her devotion to her family had no bounds and took no prisoners. Many years ago her first son Vincent who passed in 2015 was a young student at Holy Innocence Catholic School in Brooklyn. He suffered from dyslexia and could not read. The nuns thought that humiliating him by making him sit faced into the corner for two hours would be the best way to teach him to read. Upon hearing this she raced to the convent to confront the nun. It is the families fervent wish that St. Peter was not listening to that conversation.
Due to Covid Restrictions Funeral Services will be private. At a Future date, the Meo family will hold a Memorial Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church, in Short Hills to celebrate Grace’s life.
In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to God’s Love We Deliver (glwd.org) For more information or to send condolences please visit jacobhollefuneralhome.com