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to our dearest mother...
On March 13th, 1997 our mother was found murdered
on her dining room floor. She was strangled and gagged
and had a cut deep under her chin and was beaten. My
niece was the one who found her. This took place in Ft.
Lauderdale Fla. (EMERALD PALM APTS) the night before she
was to be at Seminole Bingo - that was her life; she
loved to play bingo on a weekly basis. Click on
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She could watch
42 cards at one time without
marking them. She memorized the numbers. Everyone there
called her the Bingo Queen, but she never made it there
that night. If she went, she would have been there
between 10:30 and 11:00. Her girlfriend called her to
make sure she was up and ready, and my mom told her she
was getting ready right now.
After that phone call, God only knows what
happened to my poor mother. She was murdered for a few
worthless items and a very small amount of cash.
She was so happy - she was looking forward to
going to Connecticut for her grandson's wedding which
was to have taken place in two weeks. Not knowing she
would have never made it, my family placed a picture of
her at the at the head table, with a plate and glass -
where she should have been sitting was an empty chair.
Everyone was celebrating the ceremony glancing over at
my mom's picture every so often, and their eyes filled
mom had nine children, losing a daughter to heart
surgery in 92. My mother was always crying for her
daughter. My sister was only 35 at the time of her
heart attacks, two strokes and a lot of other serious
health problems did not stop my mother from enjoying
life, with her grandchildren and great
grandchildren. It took some low life piece of dirt!! to
take our mother from
miss her so much. This has been very hard on all our
family, Life will never be the same for any of us ever
again. Mom loved the Giants so on Super Bowl Sunday, my
oldest brother Fred placed a NY Giants sweatshirt on her
have not found out who murdered my mom yet, but we swear
to God above we will never let dust gather on mom's
files. I live for the day we find out who did this
horrible thing to my mother. She never did anything to
hurt anyone, always smiling at her neighbors as she sat
outside her apartment, and always saying "Hello,
how are you?" with her beautiful smile. I'll always
remember her smile and laughter.
have a candlelight vigil every year on March 13th, right
outside her apartment with the news people there
reminding the public to please help us. If they know
anything at all to come forward there is a $15,000
reward for any information.
send flowers to her grave on every occasion. She is laid
to rest in her
home town in Connecticut. She loved all kinds of
flowers, lilacs and roses especially and she loved red
we love and miss you so much. Until I see you again, we
promise we will not give up. You will always be in our
hearts, Mommy rest in peace.
From all your children
We love you,
I cant even think to begin how to speak to you when I cant actually
hear your voice. I do know that that the only thing keeping me sane at this
point is seeing your face in my dreams. The kids are doing real good;
you will be happy to know that there is going to be a new addition in the
family - David and Cynthia are expecting a girl. As for Andria, she is doing
real good also - she has her own place and is working 2 jobs. As for me,
still cutting hair and best of all I'm still going to bingo! Mommy
I miss you so
much and I know one day we will all be together again where God can
take care of all of us as a family. Mommy I love and miss you so very much!
Just a few lines to let you know we are all fine. All the kids are doing good. You'll be happy to know Christy has 2 beautiful
kids. She is a very good mother. Kimberly is doing real well and she has a
really nice guy in her life; you would really like him. Donnie is
doing real well also. As far as Teddy he is still trucking,
and of course, as for me I'm still babysitting. Just want you to know also
Ma, I miss you very much. I miss talking to you on the phone like we
started doing a lot before some sorry bastard took you from us. I hope you know that
every day that goes by that you are in our thoughts and and in our hearts. Ma, I know you do because you are
keeping us strong so that we can continue to find out who took you
from us. Just remember we love and miss you very much and
I know God is taking good care of you.
your oldest daughter
Mother - it's very hard to be without you, but I want
you to know that I remember all the good things in our
life, and it helps to think about those
wonderful years we had to spend together, and I miss
being there for you. I
want you to know how much I love and miss you mommy, and
I will see you in
heaven one day .......
Love, your son Mark
I miss you more then I can ever begin to explain. The
feelings I have inside of me are feelings of loneliness and
anger, feelings of hatred for what someone has done to you
and your family. I am so angry, Iím not thinking
straight. I may say things I never can recapture, things
that may do permanent harm. Ma, I need you to help me as you
did all my life, I need you to calm me down, help me clear
my head of all this hatred I have in me.
remember holding your hands as you guided me across a busy
street; I remember how I laid my head on your shoulders,
crying when I ache as you soothed my pain. Ma,
being the oldest of your nine children, I remember all the
little things you did to makes us happy, from that penny
bubble gum to our first new bicycle. I remember how you
brought all nine of us through the roughest times,
sacrificing everything you had and more. I recall several
times how you would work day and night and still have time
and energy to make sure your children ate and had clothes on
their backs that were decent before they went off to school. I
remember how, as the early morning hours came, you helped me
with my first newspaper route after working half the night
yourself. Ma, I remember how you helped dad bring us out of
low- income housing into a life of happiness and fun, how
you stepped in and took over raising your
grandchildren when times were tough. I can't think of a day
that you weren't thinking of us first, teaching us to walk
in the right path.
Ma, all I do now is think of how we lost you - how in
Godís name can someone hurt a person who did nothing but
love all her life and help people, a person who knew nothing
but love for her fellow being, my God how can someone take
you from us the way they did? I see nothing but your
smile and hear your laughter in my private times. I see you
hugging your children while they are playing, and laughing
along with them. I can't get by a day without running into
someone whose life you touched in a very special way - it
could be by photo or in person.
I'm so sorry I wasn't there for you when you really needed
me the most. I hear your screams day in and day out.
Please forgive me.
I will not give up the search for the person or
person's who took you from our lives. May God make you
better and keep you in his arms and make your sorrow into
happiness. Say hello to Dad and Annamarie.........
love you very much,
Fred, Shirley, Tommy,
Janice, Bridget, Christopher and the newest addition,
Frances J. Miller III.
It just seems
like yesterday, that you would be calling every weekend to
brag how good "Your Giants" did or how bad Miami
did! The boys would wait for your call, to joke with you or
to defend their Dolphins. They know you would have been so
happy the Giants were in the Super Bowl this year, it really
wouldn't have mattered that they lost, you would have still
called to rub it in that NY made it to the Super Bowl and
that Miami didn't. We don't have
those phone calls anymore and they are so missed but we do
have those memories. All those special memories that makes
you being gone bearable. Mom, you would be so proud of your
grandsons, they turned out to be great young men. Little
Michael is doing well and still shares his kisses, smiles
and giggles with everyone. Sometimes we think he is having
his own private conversation with his Grandma, letting her
know that she is missed very much. We know that you
are always there watching over him and that is a
comfort. Joe still
plays ball and is slugging them out of the park! He
sometimes will say how much he misses having his #1 fan
there cheering him on. And last but not least Mom, Ronnie is
going to do it! He is graduating in May from college with a
degree in meteorology. He wants so bad to be on TV and to
broadcast the weather. You would have been one of the first
people he would have showed his first video broadcast demo
tape to. Hopefully his dreams will come true and if you were
here, we all know you would have been his #1 viewer. I think
he misses you most, he is always reminiscing about all the
great summers we all had together. Since you
have been gone there has been a void in all our lives and a
hurt that will never go away. It has been very hard on both
Patty and I, we miss you so much and would give anything to
have you here, to be able to tell you just one more time
that we love you and to give you just one more hug (which
was one thing we never did enough of). We all have paid a
very high price losing you and the only thing that helps us
get through each day is to remember those happier times when
you were here and all the those wonderful memories.
We all love
and miss you Mom and wish that you were still here with us.
Patty, Michael Jr., Joe & Ronnie
Our Precious Grandmother,
miss you so much that it hurts and not one day has gone
by that you are not thought of. It is so unfair
that you were taken from our lives for no reason. This
family exists because of you and we are so thankful for
the lives you have created. We wish more than
anything that you were here to enjoy all the new
additions to our family. Just to hug you &
kiss you and laugh with you once again would be
wonderful. You have graced each of us in a dear
way and we cannot wait to meet you in heaven!
Of Our Love,
Joey, Crissy, Little Joey, Tiffany, Christopher &
- I just wanted to tell you everything is good with me
and I really miss you alot...I remember when you stayed
at my house and I became a women, boy everybody knew
because you told them but I didn't care because I was
glad you were there, so you were the one I told..... Also I know
I didn't get to see you alot but we always talked on the
phone .. Now I moved to Florida and my mom is coming. She
has to wait until the house is sold... Well guess
what? My brother Greg and Sharon had a baby boy on
December 12, 2000 - I have a nephew; you know he is so
cute....His name is Eathen Gregory Parlante.. But you are
really missed by all of us...Also my dad is doing good;
he works with Jason for a oil company now...But i just
want to tell you I miss you dearly and I love you alot...
your granddaughter Tammy
Grandma, I miss you so very dearly it hurts. I think
about you everyday. I will tell all my kids all about
you. Gina is the only one that has not been touched
by your loving hands, and believe me she is a badass
just like you. I hope God is taking good care of Grandpa
and you. I know that some day we will all be together
again. Until then I will always miss you.
your dearest Grandson Joey
Grandma-I miss you very much and i love you very much.
i remember when, the days i came to your house with my
Mom or dad. i always help you get dressed and help you
put on your shoes. i remember the day where i slept over
and how you used to take care of me and told me about
grandpa. i remember that last day i saw you - we were
talking and when i left i told you to lock your door and
that i love you very much and i gave you a big kiss on
the cheek. i hope God is taking good care of you and
grandpa. tell grandpa i said hello and that ill see him
one day. grandma i promise that we will be together
again and when that day comes i wont let you go again. i
am some glad that i was that last one to see you - i
love you very much
Anthony John Hyde
7 years later, a vigil for murdered mom
Relatives continue to honor the memory
Olga Parlante, whose 1997 murder remains unsolved.
By SARA OLKON
Seven years ago, 71-year-old Olga Parlante was found
strangled inside her Emerald Palms apartment, a bloody rag
stuffed down her throat. Her loved ones remain
grief-stricken. The Broward Sheriff's Office is still
looking for her killer. On Saturday, as they do on March 13
of every year, family members and friends came together at
the modest apartment complex where Parlante was slain. They
came to pray and remind BSO they are waiting for justice.
The family has put up a $15,000 reward. CrimeStoppers will
also pay $1,000 for information leading to her killer. ''To
the persons who murdered our mother, know that we will not
give up,'' said a sobbing Mark Parlante, 45. Detectives hope
someone will come forward with new information. ''She is one
of those innocent victims -- a harmless old woman murdered
in her home for a TV set and a few dollars,'' said BSO
spokesman Jim Leljedal. ``There is no case that we would
rather solve than this one.'' A widow with a competitive
zeal for bingo, Parlante died a cruel death. Already
weakened by sickness and age -- she was partially paralyzed
and needed a walker -- Parlante tried hard to escape her
attacker. Sheriff's deputies found her bloodied fingerprints
on the door frame of her apartment in unincorporated Broward
near Fort Lauderdale. Loved ones on Saturday held white
candles and recited The Lord's Prayer. They stood near her
ground-floor apartment, imagined the scene and cried.
Parlante was on her way to the Seminole Bingo hall the night
she died. BSO estimates she was killed at about 10:30 p.m.
Burglary may have been the motive. Missing from her home was
$53, a television set, a clock and a radio, according to BSO.
It was unclear if she knew her attacker. There were no signs
of a forced entry, but she was known to leave her door open,
said Detective Frank Ilarraza of the sheriff's office.
Ilarraza was at the apartment when her body was taken away.
He attends her vigil every year. ''It [the case] will remain
open until we solve it,'' he said. Still, he said, all
viable leads have so far been exhausted. Patty Hyde, one of
Parlante's daughters, looked up at the sky with wet eyes.
Her voice tight, she predicted eternal damnation for her
mother's killer. Dolores Perrine, the eldest of Parlante's
eight remaining children, called her siblings by Nextel. She
was too ill to drive down from Lakeland. Her voice broke
over the cellular phone line. ''It took a real bad affect on
us all,'' she said. ``None of us ever got to say,
`Goodbye.''' Anyone with information on the 1997 case is asked to
Broward CrimeStoppers at 954-493-8477.
father who art in heaven please take care of our mother the best you
can. We miss her so you will never know, and if I should die before
I wake, I will be there with you mommy, just open the gate........
if you only knew what this has done to all of us you would be sad,
but there's one thing we can hang on to and that's the love you gave
us from birth to now. I love you so much mommy and your
grandchildren and great grandchildren will never forget you, I
promise you this.
all my love and deepest broken heart, I will never forget you Mom.
I love you.
your daughter forever,
A Mother's Love~
is no love, like a mother's love,
no stronger bond on earth...
like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother, when she gives birth.
A mother's love is forever strong,
never changing for all time...
and when her children need her most,
a mother's love will shine.
God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one...
for all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they've done.
When her days on earth are over,
a mother's love lives on...
through many generations,
with God's blessings on each one.
Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love...
from the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.
~We Love You Mom~
Dolores, Patty, Bobby, Michael, Debbie, Maureen & Mark
For those who are lucky to still be blessed with your Mom this
is beautiful. For those who aren't, this is even more
The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the
long way?" she asked. And the guide said "Yes, and the way is
hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But
the end will be better than the beginning."
But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that
anything could be better than these years. So she played with
her children, she fed them and bathed them, and taught them how
to tie their shoes and ride a bike and reminded them to feed the
dog, and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone
on them, and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be
lovelier than this."
Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes
dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother
drew them close and covered them with her arms, and the children
said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm
can come." And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and
the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary.
But at all times she said to the children, A little patience and
we are there."
So the children climbed, and as they climbed they learned to
weather the storms. And with this, she gave them strength to
face the world. Year after year, she showed them compassion,
understanding, hope, but most of all ..... unconditional love.
And when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not
have done it without you."
The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years,
and the mother grew old and she became little and bent. But her
children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And the
mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and
said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have
learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their
children." And when the way became rough for her, they lifted
her, and gave her their strength, just as she had given them
One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill, they could see
a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And mother said: "I
have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is
better than the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity
and pride, with their heads held high, and so can their children
And the children said, " You will always walk with us, Mother,
even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and
watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after
her. And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us
still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living
Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves
as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods
you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she's
the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's
your breath in the air on a cold winter's day. She is the sound
of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow,
she is Christmas
Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized
in every tear drop. A mother shows every emotion...happiness,
sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness,
excitement, joy, sorrow..... and all the while, hoping and
praying you will only know the good feelings in life. She's the
place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you
follow with every step you take.
She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy,
but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not
space...............not even death!
~~We Love You Mom~~
God Bless You