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Westport's Frances Parise, Dedicated Volunteer

Westport resident Frances Parise, a longtime volunteer, died March 31. She was 88.

Wife of the late Frank Parise, she was born Dec. 19, 1922, in Bridgeport. She graduated from Harding High School and worked at Manning, Maxwell and Moore Inc. in Bridgeport during World War II. After the war, she and her husband moved to Westport in 1947, where they lived ever since.

A homemaker, Parise volunteered as a room mother at her children's schools and as a chaperone on class field trips. She also worked in the concession stand at Westport Little League fields.

For many years, Parise worked as a volunteer for the Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary and helped with the American Red Cross blood banks in Westport. During Westport Garden Club tours, she served as a hostess at homes. She and her husband also raised several litters of dachshunds and German shepherds.

Parise is survived by four children, Susan McManus and her husband Timothy, Dennis Parise and his wife Ann, Ronald J. Parise, and David Parise and his wife Anne; and 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband of 69 years, who died March 11, she was predeceased by a son, Tommy Parise; grandson Ronald Joseph Parise Jr.; brothers Stanley J. Kirik and Edward F. Kirik; a sister Bertha "Bronia" V. Backiel, and daughter-in-law, Terri (Ottinger) Parise.

Calling hours will take place Thursday, April 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8, at St. Luke Church in Westport. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Joey Parise Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank of Suffield, 30 Bridge St., Suffield, CT 06078. To leave an online condolence, visit the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home website .

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