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Lifelong Volunteer Mary T. Parlapiano Dies at 78

The New Providence resident was a 40-year member of the New Providence Rescue Squad.

Mary T. Parlapiano (nee Coviello) of New Providence passed away Wednesday at Overlook Medical Center at the age of 78.

Born in Summit, Parlapiano moved to New Providence 60 years ago. Raised in a family committed to serving others, it was Parlapiano's mother, Benedetta Coviello, who founded the New Providence rescue squad, Parlapiano told Patch in 2010.

Parlapiano followed in her mother's footsteps, volunteering with the squad for the past four decades. In addition to serving as the squad's president, vice-president and treasurer, Parlapiano also established the New Providence Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as president as well. In 1990, Parlapiano received the Harold T. Graves Community Service award.

Parlapiano was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Ralph Parlapiano, Jr. She is the loving mother of Ralph III and his companion, Cathie Morgan, of New Providence and Mary Rose Piana and her husband, Michael, of New Providence. Cherished grandmother of Joseph Parlapiano, and Lisa, Michael Jr., and Stacy Piana. Dear sister of Grace McCarron and her husband, Don, of South Bound Brook, and the late Joseph, Anthony, and Madeline Coviello. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, make donations in her memory to New Providence Rescue Squad, PO Box 804, New Providence, NJ 07974.

Visitation will be held at Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, on Friday, Jan. 24, from 4-8 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, New Providence, followed by the interment at New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery. For more information or to send condolences, visit Ippolito Funeral Homes's website

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