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Terry Rillo Pellegrino


Teresa Rillo Pellegrino, a lifelong resident of Wayne passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 28, 2017 with her family by her side.

Terry was raised on “the Rillo Farm” on Valley Rd owned by her parents Peter and Anna Rillo. The farm and greenhouses were known for growing a variety of vegetables and flowers including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, pumpkins, geraniums, pansies, and chrysanthemums. The vegetables supplied area supermarkets and were also sold at the local Farmers Market. The florist served the community for many years. In the late 60s the farm was sold and a street in Wayne, Rillo Drive, was named after the family.

Terry married Louis Pellegrino and they built their home in Wayne. Louis was a carpenter and built their home with his own two hands. Terry and Louis never left Wayne. They continued to call it home their entire lives and raised their two children, Barbara and Peter, there as well. Louis passed away in 1992.

Following the sale of the farm, Terry went to work as a secretary for the Wayne Police Department. Terry was in the Narcotics Squad for the first three years and then moved into the Detective Bureau where she stayed until she retired in 2012. Terry worked for the Wayne Police Department for thirty-eight years and it was a big part of her life. She loved the people she worked with and has maintained close friendships with many of the retired and active police officers to this day.

Terry loved to work in her yard and enjoyed traveling, cooking and baking. She loved to bake for family and friends and a birthday never went by at the police department without a homemade cake. One of Terry’s greatest passions was working in her yard and caring for her azaleas. Terry’s house has been well known in Wayne for many years because of the azalea gardens surrounding the property. Terry spent every waking moment meticulously caring for the plants. People in her community as well as passerby’s couldn’t help but notice the vibrant colors of her azaleas.

Terry was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and her family and friends were grateful to have had her in good health for so many years. Terry was a very special person who touched the lives of many people and will sincerely be missed by all who knew her.

Terry is survived by her daughter; Barbara Griffin and her husband Dan of Fuquay Varina, NC, and her son Peter Pellegrino and his wife Darlene of Wayne NJ, three grandchildren; Susan Viola, Christine Daly, and Michael Pellegrino, and one great grandchild; Sammy Viola. Terry was pre-deceased by her husband Louis in 1992.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 2-6PM at the VanderMay Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470. At 5:00 during the visiting hours there will be a celebration of Terry’s life, the family will invite and encourages anyone who would like to share a memory or thoughts about Terry during the celebration.

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Sorry to hear about your loss. I know Barbara Griffin from working with her. My condolences to Barbara and the whole family. I know she was a very sweet lady by listening to the stories Barbara told me. Sending prayers to you and your family. Love Shelby Perry

Shelby Perry


so sorry to hear of Terrys passing. WE enjoyed many laughs together in the bureau. she was a light in the office.condolences to the family

Lee Cannon


Dear Bobby and Peter, I am so sorry to hear about Aunty Lo. Too many years have gone by with no communication. She really lived a long and fruitful life. I hope you are all doing well. Russ

Russell Mainardi


Bobby and Peter, I'm so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to ask. AuntyLo will be missed by all who knew her.

Johnny Mainardi


We are so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person & will always be remembered. Memories are a legacy of love. The McIntyre Family

Chris Mc Intyre


I'm so sorry to about the loss of your mom. I worked with her for many years! She had a heart of gold. Condolences to your families.

Jayme Emanuelli


I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I worked with her for many years! She had a heart of gold. Condolences to your families.

Jayme Emanuelli


Pete and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. From all the lovely stories I've heard about Terry, I feel as if I knew her well.

Janis Gangi


Bob & I were so very sorry to hear Terry passed away. My family moved here in 1968 and we have been enjoying the beautiful view of your moms handiwork for 48 years. She was always out working in her yard & she & my mom enjoyed talking about their yards for many years. It will be very lonely not having Terry to wave to from across the street. We will miss her greatly. Sincere sympathy to you all. Claire and Bob (Garthwaite) Minarick

Claire Minarick


Barb and Peter, our condolences on the loss of your Mom. Terry was a very special Lady who touched the hearts of all she encountered. I had the pleasure of working with Terry for over 30 years and assure you she brought her own ray of sunshine attitude each and every day. Distance and health issues prevent me from being present at her life celebration, but your Mom's spirit will live in our hearts forever. John and Sharon Loertscher

John Loertscher


So sorry to hear of Terry passing. She was so special and we will never forget her smiles and hugs. Jay and Sheila Rubin

Jay Rubin

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