Ida Parker

(Apr 24, 1921 to Jul 29, 2010)

Ida was the type of person that would never ask life for a lighter burden, but rather for larger shoulders to bear it. The rock of her family, her selfless nature was always apparent when she put the needs of others before hers. And any time she found herself upset, a few decades of the rosary always brought her solace. To say her home in Riverside was clean and orderly would be an understatement, even when she wasn’t able to walk she mopped from a chair. And it’s here in her kitchen where she crafted her Polish delights. Her kitchen often smelled of perogies, gulumpkis and kruschiki and on Christmas Eve she always made the Polish Peasants’ Meal. But no meal was complete without dessert; any kind of cake or ice cream would do. Even ‘mommom sandwiches’ tasted better when she made them; her secret ingredient she said was love. rnAs a girl, Ida met young man named James. And although she turned down many of his advances, his persistence would eventually win her heart. Before his passing in 1975, their lives were blessed by their children: James R. of Palmyra, Larry of Riverside and Charlene Lazaruk (Bruce) of Riverside. Ida is also survived by her grandchildren: Lauren, Brian, Mindy, Paula, Jennifer and Eric, her great-grandson Thomas, her sister-in-law Dolores Freynik and her devoted niece Tina Freynik. rnCome celebrate Ida’s 89 wonderful years Monday 8-10 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 at St. Casimir Church, New Jersey Ave., Riverside. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery, Riverside. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Catholic Charities 383 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08618. rn

3 thoughts on “Ida Parker

  1. Glenda Detwiler

    Charlene and Family: rnI am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Words cannot express my sympathy for you all and the saddness felt at this time.rnI truly loved her and will miss her terribly.rnThank you for the privilege of allowing me to spend some private time and to say my goodbyes while doing her hair. She will always be “OUR QUEEN of RIVERDEL HAIR” If there is anything I can do please call.rnYou’re in my thoughts and prayers.rnSincerely,rnGlenda Detwiler

  2. Gary Miller

    Charlene, Larry and Jimmy,rnrnI want to extend my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. Sometimes during life we don’t say the all the things we should or maybe until someone is gone do we realize what they meant to us. There is also the 3000 miles between Riverside N.J. and Encino Ca. It was a comfort to me that your mother was home when my parents left me alone in the house…there was another mother near by Mrs. Parker. My three childhood neighbors you will be in my thoughts and prayers. rnSincerely, rnGary P. Miller

  3. Monica Wigmore

    Such a special lady. Always smiling. 11:00am. on Saturdays will never be the same. Always a kiss hello and a kiss goodbye. You are missed by me Ida. My Deepest Sympathy. Monica

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