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Joseph F. Parlapiano

June 17, 1922 ~ November 20, 2005 (age 83)

 

 

Obit Joseph F. Parlapiano

Hebron Memorial Funeral Home, Hebron, NE

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Joseph Frank Parlapiano was born June 17, 1922, at his family home in Pueblo, Colorado. Joe lived his formative years with his parents Frank and Mary Taibe Parlapiano and his three older siblings; Carl, AnnaBelle and Vivian. Both Frank and Mary¹s families were from a small farming village in Lucca, Sicily. It was after both families came to America that they eventually met in Louisiana and were married in 1910. They then moved to Pueblo, Colorado seeking better work, a better climate, and a place to start their family. Though much of their child rearing came during the very difficult days of the Great Depression, there remain memories of happy times.

Joe’s grandfather ran a grocery store, Italian style! Their

neighborhood longed for the tastes and flavors from back home, so

grandfather imported olives, olive oil and other specialty items from Italy. There was also a major pasta factory in St. Louis that shipped all the pastas to him. To this day, Joe’s sisters can remember the quaint little store, with its smells, unique items and interesting people coming to visit.

Joe loved sharing the holidays with his family. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and Columbus Day was a big event, which included a huge parade and celebration in the town. The family remembers their uncle, who was one of the town’s lawyers, giving speeches in front of all the crowds. After the parade, all the relatives would return to Joe’s family home. From grandma and grandpa, to aunts, uncles and cousins, everyone would be there. Mother Mary was a wonderful cook, and she would have their three stoves going atone time, in order to cook the giant meals. The family menu would consist of the usual turkey and trimmings, but there would also be all kinds of Italian dishes, from pasta's, to lovely cakes and pie.

Joe attended Central Elementary and Middle School, both close to home. Being the youngest, JoJo, as they all nicknamed him, was a gentle child loved by all. His sisters AnnaBelle and Vivian remember that his favorite thing was to go to the movies. His father Frank was faithful, taking JoJo to every movie, regardless of where it was in town. This tradition continued from the time he was five, all the way through Joe’s teens. It was a special bond he had with his father.

One of the unique times the Parlapiano family shared together was a vacation taken in the summer of 1930 when Joe was eight years old. Father Frank took Mary and the four children on a road trip, traveling the western coastal highways. It seemed as if Frank knew someone at every port, including Canada, Bellingham, Washington, San Francisco, and even Mexico. The family visited museums, galleries, beaches and friends. It was a vacation of a lifetime, but, most important, they were all together.

After graduating from Central High School, Joe attended Boulder

University. Joe was working on his Bachelor of Science degree at the start of WWII. Knowing that he soon would be drafted, Joe decided to enlist so he could choose his area of interest, the U.S. Air Force. Joe traveled to many air bases to do his training, including Pensico, Florida and Texas. He was trained on the PBY Catalina C Airplane. After completing his training, his unit traveled by ship to the South Pacific. Joe was blessed because the war ended as his unit arrived, so they did not have to fly their mission. After Joe was discharged from the armed forces he returned to college to complete his senior year, enrolling at the University of Denver. It was during this time that he met Doris Mae Bartcher from Nebraska. After WWII, Doris had moved to Denver to go to school and pursue a new career. Following graduation, Joe returned to California to be with his family. After a year apart and countless letters of correspondence, Doris realized that Joe was

the love of her life. Apparently, the love was mutual because Joe asked for her hand in marriage. She joined him on the West Coast and, on April 27, 1949, they were married in Santa Monica, California.

In California, Doris and Joe began their early married years enjoying membership in the local Eastern Star and Masons in Los Angeles, where Joe’s sister AnnaBelle and brother-in-law Vincent Mistretta, were also members. Joe was employed at General Telephone Company as a supervisor for ten years. Then he moved to the Hughes Aircraft Company, where he was a telecommunications supervisor for twenty years. Upon completion of her studies, Doris accepted a secretarial position at UCLA. She worked in the Engineering Department for a faithful twenty-five years, where she took much pride in her secretarial duties.

While their lives together were filled with activities and job related duties, Doris and Joe would sneak in little trips to visit family or just to get away together. Following retirement Joe and Doris moved from California to Hebron, NE where her twin sister Deloris and her family lived. It was here that they were able to slow down, relax, and enjoy the good life of rural Nebraska. They made Hebron their home while they continued to follow their dreams of traveling the United States and the world. In their motor home with the motorcycle strapped to the rear, they were off to see America! They loved to camp in California and Oregon, and were fortunate to visit every state in the Union and every providence of Canada, except the Northwest Territories. The couple loved the mountains and the beautiful scenery and their home on wheels allowed them take in all kinds of adventures. They visited Europe many times, enjoying the unique heritage and beautiful sites in each country.

The couple later decided they would spend their summers in Hebron and their winters in the warmer climate. They traveled to Florida and Texas and then settled on Apache Junction, Arizona. Right next to Doris’ favorite, Superstition Mountains.

Joe and Doris celebrated 53 precious years of married life together. They enjoyed many happy hours playing golf, traveling the world, and visiting with family and friends. Their love and generosity to friends, family and their community will always be remembered and treasured. Joe died November 20, 2005 at the Apple Valley Care Center, Apple Valley, CA at the age of 83.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Doris; three brothers Vincent and two infants.

Joe is survived by his sisters; AnnaBelle Mistretta and Vivian Brannon, his nephew James Pagano and wife Carole, nieces; Mary Margaret and Carla Parlapiano. The following families; Robert and Kirk Williams, Randy Roth, Doug and Nancy Noller, Dave and Patty Nelson, Michael and Margaret Harden, Rod and Kathryn Kirchhoff, and Michael and Pamela Thurber.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 26th 10:30am at the United Methodist Church in Hebron. Officiant, Rev. Warren Schoming; organist, Brenda Striggow; soloist, Jane Tipton, singing “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”; casket bearers, Robert Williams, Doug Noller, Kirk Williams, Michael Harden, David Nelson, Rodney Kirchhoff, and Michael Thurber. Masonic Tribute Memorial Service by Hebron AFAM 43. Burial will be held at Hebron City Cemetery, Hebron, NE. Services were conducted by Hebron Memorial Funeral Home, Hebron, NE.

 

 

 

Obit Joseph F. Parlapiano

Hebron Memorial Funeral Home, Hebron, NE

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Joseph Frank Parlapiano was born June 17, 1922, at his family home in Pueblo, Colorado. Joe lived his formative years with his parents Frank and Mary Taibe Parlapiano and his three older siblings; Carl, AnnaBelle and Vivian. Both Frank and Mary¹s families were from a small farming village in Lucca, Sicily. It was after both families came to America that they eventually met in Louisiana and were married in 1910. They then moved to Pueblo, Colorado seeking better work, a better climate, and a place to start their family. Though much of their child rearing came during the very difficult days of the Great Depression, there remain memories of happy times.

Joe’s grandfather ran a grocery store, Italian style! Their

neighborhood longed for the tastes and flavors from back home, so

grandfather imported olives, olive oil and other specialty items from Italy. There was also a major pasta factory in St. Louis that shipped all the pastas to him. To this day, Joe’s sisters can remember the quaint little store, with its smells, unique items and interesting people coming to visit.

Joe loved sharing the holidays with his family. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and Columbus Day was a big event, which included a huge parade and celebration in the town. The family remembers their uncle, who was one of the town’s lawyers, giving speeches in front of all the crowds. After the parade, all the relatives would return to Joe’s family home. From grandma and grandpa, to aunts, uncles and cousins, everyone would be there. Mother Mary was a wonderful cook, and she would have their three stoves going atone time, in order to cook the giant meals. The family menu would consist of the usual turkey and trimmings, but there would also be all kinds of Italian dishes, from pasta's, to lovely cakes and pie.

Joe attended Central Elementary and Middle School, both close to home. Being the youngest, JoJo, as they all nicknamed him, was a gentle child loved by all. His sisters AnnaBelle and Vivian remember that his favorite thing was to go to the movies. His father Frank was faithful, taking JoJo to every movie, regardless of where it was in town. This tradition continued from the time he was five, all the way through Joe’s teens. It was a special bond he had with his father.

One of the unique times the Parlapiano family shared together was a vacation taken in the summer of 1930 when Joe was eight years old. Father Frank took Mary and the four children on a road trip, traveling the western coastal highways. It seemed as if Frank knew someone at every port, including Canada, Bellingham, Washington, San Francisco, and even Mexico. The family visited museums, galleries, beaches and friends. It was a vacation of a lifetime, but, most important, they were all together.

After graduating from Central High School, Joe attended Boulder

University. Joe was working on his Bachelor of Science degree at the start of WWII. Knowing that he soon would be drafted, Joe decided to enlist so he could choose his area of interest, the U.S. Air Force. Joe traveled to many air bases to do his training, including Pensico, Florida and Texas. He was trained on the PBY Catalina C Airplane. After completing his training, his unit traveled by ship to the South Pacific. Joe was blessed because the war ended as his unit arrived, so they did not have to fly their mission. After Joe was discharged from the armed forces he returned to college to complete his senior year, enrolling at the University of Denver. It was during this time that he met Doris Mae Bartcher from Nebraska. After WWII, Doris had moved to Denver to go to school and pursue a new career. Following graduation, Joe returned to California to be with his family. After a year apart and countless letters of correspondence, Doris realized that Joe was

the love of her life. Apparently, the love was mutual because Joe asked for her hand in marriage. She joined him on the West Coast and, on April 27, 1949, they were married in Santa Monica, California.

In California, Doris and Joe began their early married years enjoying membership in the local Eastern Star and Masons in Los Angeles, where Joe’s sister AnnaBelle and brother-in-law Vincent Mistretta, were also members. Joe was employed at General Telephone Company as a supervisor for ten years. Then he moved to the Hughes Aircraft Company, where he was a telecommunications supervisor for twenty years. Upon completion of her studies, Doris accepted a secretarial position at UCLA. She worked in the Engineering Department for a faithful twenty-five years, where she took much pride in her secretarial duties.

While their lives together were filled with activities and job related duties, Doris and Joe would sneak in little trips to visit family or just to get away together. Following retirement Joe and Doris moved from California to Hebron, NE where her twin sister Deloris and her family lived. It was here that they were able to slow down, relax, and enjoy the good life of rural Nebraska. They made Hebron their home while they continued to follow their dreams of traveling the United States and the world. In their motor home with the motorcycle strapped to the rear, they were off to see America! They loved to camp in California and Oregon, and were fortunate to visit every state in the Union and every providence of Canada, except the Northwest Territories. The couple loved the mountains and the beautiful scenery and their home on wheels allowed them take in all kinds of adventures. They visited Europe many times, enjoying the unique heritage and beautiful sites in each country.

The couple later decided they would spend their summers in Hebron and their winters in the warmer climate. They traveled to Florida and Texas and then settled on Apache Junction, Arizona. Right next to Doris’ favorite, Superstition Mountains.

Joe and Doris celebrated 53 precious years of married life together. They enjoyed many happy hours playing golf, traveling the world, and visiting with family and friends. Their love and generosity to friends, family and their community will always be remembered and treasured. Joe died November 20, 2005 at the Apple Valley Care Center, Apple Valley, CA at the age of 83.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Doris; three brothers Vincent and two infants.

Joe is survived by his sisters; AnnaBelle Mistretta and Vivian Brannon, his nephew James Pagano and wife Carole, nieces; Mary Margaret and Carla Parlapiano. The following families; Robert and Kirk Williams, Randy Roth, Doug and Nancy Noller, Dave and Patty Nelson, Michael and Margaret Harden, Rod and Kathryn Kirchhoff, and Michael and Pamela Thurber.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 26th 10:30am at the United Methodist Church in Hebron. Officiant, Rev. Warren Schoming; organist, Brenda Striggow; soloist, Jane Tipton, singing “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”; casket bearers, Robert Williams, Doug Noller, Kirk Williams, Michael Harden, David Nelson, Rodney Kirchhoff, and Michael Thurber. Masonic Tribute Memorial Service by Hebron AFAM 43. Burial will be held at Hebron City Cemetery, Hebron, NE. Services were conducted by Hebron Memorial Funeral Home, Hebron, NE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obit Joseph F. Parlapiano

Hebron Memorial Funeral Home, Hebron, NE

Changes in red

Joseph Frank Parlapiano was born June 17, 1922, at his family home in Pueblo, Colorado. Joe lived his formative years with his parents Frank and Mary Taibe Parlapiano and his three older siblings; Carl, AnnaBelle and Vivian. Both Frank and Mary¹s families were from a small farming village in Lucca, Sicily. It was after both families came to America that they eventually met in Louisiana and were married in 1910. They then moved to Pueblo, Colorado seeking better work, a better climate, and a place to start their family. Though much of their child rearing came during the very difficult days of the Great Depression, there remain memories of happy times.

Joe’s grandfather ran a grocery store, Italian style! Their

neighborhood longed for the tastes and flavors from back home, so

grandfather imported olives, olive oil and other specialty items from Italy. There was also a major pasta factory in St. Louis that shipped all the pastas to him. To this day, Joe’s sisters can remember the quaint little store, with its smells, unique items and interesting people coming to visit.

Joe loved sharing the holidays with his family. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and Columbus Day was a big event, which included a huge parade and celebration in the town. The family remembers their uncle, who was one of the town’s lawyers, giving speeches in front of all the crowds. After the parade, all the relatives would return to Joe’s family home. From grandma and grandpa, to aunts, uncles and cousins, everyone would be there. Mother Mary was a wonderful cook, and she would have their three stoves going atone time, in order to cook the giant meals. The family menu would consist of the usual turkey and trimmings, but there would also be all kinds of Italian dishes, from pasta's, to lovely cakes and pie.

Joe attended Central Elementary and Middle School, both close to home. Being the youngest, JoJo, as they all nicknamed him, was a gentle child loved by all. His sisters AnnaBelle and Vivian remember that his favorite thing was to go to the movies. His father Frank was faithful, taking JoJo to every movie, regardless of where it was in town. This tradition continued from the time he was five, all the way through Joe’s teens. It was a special bond he had with his father.

One of the unique times the Parlapiano family shared together was a vacation taken in the summer of 1930 when Joe was eight years old. Father Frank took Mary and the four children on a road trip, traveling the western coastal highways. It seemed as if Frank knew someone at every port, including Canada, Bellingham, Washington, San Francisco, and even Mexico. The family visited museums, galleries, beaches and friends. It was a vacation of a lifetime, but, most important, they were all together.

After graduating from Central High School, Joe attended Boulder

University. Joe was working on his Bachelor of Science degree at the start of WWII. Knowing that he soon would be drafted, Joe decided to enlist so he could choose his area of interest, the U.S. Air Force. Joe traveled to many air bases to do his training, including Pensico, Florida and Texas. He was trained on the PBY Catalina C Airplane. After completing his training, his unit traveled by ship to the South Pacific. Joe was blessed because the war ended as his unit arrived, so they did not have to fly their mission. After Joe was discharged from the armed forces he returned to college to complete his senior year, enrolling at the University of Denver. It was during this time that he met Doris Mae Bartcher from Nebraska. After WWII, Doris had moved to Denver to go to school and pursue a new career. Following graduation, Joe returned to California to be with his family. After a year apart and countless letters of correspondence, Doris realized that Joe was

the love of her life. Apparently, the love was mutual because Joe asked for her hand in marriage. She joined him on the West Coast and, on April 27, 1949, they were married in Santa Monica, California.

In California, Doris and Joe began their early married years enjoying membership in the local Eastern Star and Masons in Los Angeles, where Joe’s sister AnnaBelle and brother-in-law Vincent Mistretta, were also members. Joe was employed at General Telephone Company as a supervisor for ten years. Then he moved to the Hughes Aircraft Company, where he was a telecommunications supervisor for twenty years. Upon completion of her studies, Doris accepted a secretarial position at UCLA. She worked in the Engineering Department for a faithful twenty-five years, where she took much pride in her secretarial duties.

While their lives together were filled with activities and job related duties, Doris and Joe would sneak in little trips to visit family or just to get away together. Following retirement Joe and Doris moved from California to Hebron, NE where her twin sister Deloris and her family lived. It was here that they were able to slow down, relax, and enjoy the good life of rural Nebraska. They made Hebron their home while they continued to follow their dreams of traveling the United States and the world. In their motor home with the motorcycle strapped to the rear, they were off to see America! They loved to camp in California and Oregon, and were fortunate to visit every state in the Union and every providence of Canada, except the Northwest Territories. The couple loved the mountains and the beautiful scenery and their home on wheels allowed them take in all kinds of adventures. They visited Europe many times, enjoying the unique heritage and beautiful sites in each country.

The couple later decided they would spend their summers in Hebron and their winters in the warmer climate. They traveled to Florida and Texas and then settled on Apache Junction, Arizona. Right next to Doris’ favorite, Superstition Mountains.

Joe and Doris celebrated 53 precious years of married life together. They enjoyed many happy hours playing golf, traveling the world, and visiting with family and friends. Their love and generosity to friends, family and their community will always be remembered and treasured. Joe died November 20, 2005 at the Apple Valley Care Center, Apple Valley, CA at the age of 83.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Doris; three brothers Vincent and two infants.

Joe is survived by his sisters; AnnaBelle Mistretta and Vivian Brannon, his nephew James Pagano and wife Carole, nieces; Mary Margaret and Carla Parlapiano. The following families; Robert and Kirk Williams, Randy Roth, Doug and Nancy Noller, Dave and Patty Nelson, Michael and Margaret Harden, Rod and Kathryn Kirchhoff, and Michael and Pamela Thurber.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 26th 10:30am at the United Methodist Church in Hebron. Officiant, Rev. Warren Schoming; organist, Brenda Striggow; soloist, Jane Tipton, singing “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”; casket bearers, Robert Williams, Doug Noller, Kirk Williams, Michael Harden, David Nelson, Rodney Kirchhoff, and Michael Thurber. Masonic Tribute Memorial Service by Hebron AFAM 43. Burial will be held at Hebron City Cemetery, Hebron, NE. Services were conducted by Hebron Memorial Funeral Home, Hebron, NE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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