McPARLAND ETHEL M. (nee Donnelly) on Oct. 4, 2002, of Folsom, PA; wife of the late Edwin T. McParland; mother of Thomas E. McParland; sister of Ruth Chonski and the late Helen Gagliardi, Virginia McGill, Arthur 'Bud' Donnelly, Margaret Kraus and Laura 'Dolly' Gioffre. Funeral service 10 A.M. Weds. WHITE-LUTTRELL FUNERAL HOME, 311 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ridley Park where friends may call after 9 A.M. Burial Calvary Cem. Memorial gifts to a charity of the donor's choice.
Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News from 10/6/2002 - 10/7/2002.
I was sad to hear that we recently lost Aunt Ethel. She was more like an aunt to me than my own aunts in Illinois because she lived just a few doors down the street on 6th Avenue in Folsom. We used to call her "Frosty" from the time she once had her hair frosted and we couldn't leave her without saying "Toodle-oo". She used to call me "Goldie" from when Goldie Hawn was on the Laugh-In Show. On Halloween, she never let on that she knew who I was under my mask (even though she could easily tell it was me from the reflection of my glasses under my mask) and I always loved her for that. I will always remember her by the way she stood with her arms folded while talking. She will be greatly missed but I know she is now happy to be back with Uncle Buzz, her sisters, and even my folks, Ben and Verda.
Toodle-oo Frosty !! We love you.
Bethy Boo Beth Feller (Secane, PA ) October 12, 2002
What memories I have of Aunt Ethel! When I grew up in Folsom, her son Tom was my best friend, and she was my mom when I was away from home. Many a Saturday morning Tom and I would wake up, not to smell the coffee, but to see if Ethel would cook up some Taylor Pork Roll.What great aromas were etched into my olfactory lobe! She came to watch our baseball team on Sutton Avenue whenever we played for the Folsom Boys Club. I remember her walking Taffy, her dog, past my house on 6th Avenue. I especially remember her laughing, and her sense of humor--she loved to laugh and cut up and have a good time. I absolutely treasure summers at Wildwood Crest where she and Buzz and Tom would go every summer and I would either come along with them, or visit for days at a time--it was the day to day vacation pace and comfortableness, the fun of the shore, and the nights at the Boardwalk I remember. Ethel was right there, making sure it all happened. I am saddened by her passing, but am thankful I got to see her twice in the last few months. I am saddened I will see her no more in my lifetime, but I will celebrate her life, as she would want me to do. Love, Mitch
Mitch Feller (Sullivans Island, SC)
October 12, 2002