Published in The Washington Post on May 31, 2018
GRACE MARIE BELLIA DAHL
August 1, 1930 - May 26, 2018
Grace passed peacefully at the Casey Hospice House with
her daughter Kathleen Dahl Stevens by her side.She carried
her radiant smile to the end.
Grace was born in Northwest Washington, DC to Domenic
and Josephine Bellia. She graduated from Roosevelt
High School in 1947.
She began working at Woodward and Lothrop, "Woodies" in the 1950s as a personal
shopper. She was a member of the 40 year club at Woodward and Lothrop. She was a
lifelong shopper, a real fashionista, "fashion is my passion" she'd say!
She loved traveling, and enjoyed many visits to her daughter and son-in-law in Bridgton,
Maine. Christmas in Maine was just the best with friends, neighbors, family. Her life at
Leisure World in Silver Spring was full with friendships and socializing with various clubs.
The highlight of 2017 was the pilgrimage Grace made with Saint Patrick's Church to
Fatima and Lourdes.
She was a real beauty. Forever young with her joy and zest for life, she had a smile that
captured your heart and would light up the room.
Preceded in death by her parents, Domenic and Josephine Bellia, her brother Gaetano
Bellia, her nephew Domenic Bellia.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Edward Stevens, cousins
Carmela Greenberg, Richard Pisciotta Sr., James Pisciotta and many other cousins.
Visitation will be held at Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, June
A Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Rd, Rockville, MD at 11
a.m., June 2 followed by the Interment at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Please join the family afterwards at Leisure World Clubhouse 1, Chesapeake Room, for a
In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions to be made to Friends House
Retirement Community, 17340 Quaker La., Sandy Spring MD 20860, or
www.friendshouse.com a non-profit organization.