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Parrelli, Ethel (Sharis)

Ethel Athena (Sharis) Parrelli, a resident of Dedham, died Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at the German Centre for Extended Care in West Roxbury.  She was 92.  Ethel was born December 20, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, a daughter of Greek immigrants George and Ellen (Andritsakis) Sharis.  She graduated from East Boston High School and studied at the Boston Clerical School.  Ethel worked for the Dedham Transcript and then for many years as the Assistant Tax Collector for the Town of Dedham, serving under Tax Collector Wendy Clement.  She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion Post 18 of Dedham; a member of the Dedham Troubadours; and she participated in numerous Dedham Senior Center Plays and productions. Ethel enjoyed dancing, wintering in Naples, Florida with her family and friends, and travel, including Hawaii and Europe.  A special joy was a trip to her family’s homesteads in Greece  where she proudly revelled in her heritage.   Ethel is survived by her husband of 67 years, William Charles Parrelli; her son William Charles Jr., and his partner Rodney Gandee, of Naples, Florida; and her two daughters, Susan E. Krug, and her husband Peter, of Dedham, and Karen R. Parrelli of West Roxbury.  She was the sister of the late Nick, Peter, Daniel, Socrates, Stella, Bertha, Olga, Nellie, and Joanne, all of whom predeceased her.  Visiting hours will be held Sunday, November 7th from noon to 4 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham.  Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home starting at 9 am Monday and proceed with us to St. Mary’s Church, 420 High Street, Dedham for her Funeral Mass at 10 o clock.  Interment will follow in Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 would be appreciated.  

Guestbook Entries

  1. November 4th, 2021 | 11:48 am

    She was a bright light in our family. Always smiling and always taking the side of the children.. She was loving kind and very very sweet I have many wonderful memories of her as a Child. She is home with my Mom and Dad sharing stories I am sure. Rest in peace Auntie

  2. Daniel Mullaney
    November 5th, 2021 | 2:27 pm

    Loved her spirit and zest for life. A wonderful auntie! I didn’t mean to take all those St. Josephs when I slept over your house as a kid!
    Love to you
    signed; Chicken Noodle…

  3. Deborah Spalvins
    November 6th, 2021 | 10:27 am

    Of all my aunts, Auntie Athena was the one I had spent the most time with. During my childhood, I spent many summers in Humarock with her and my young cousins at the time….Susan, Karen and Billy. As an adult living in Florida, I got to spend time with her during her seasonal stays in Naples.
    Those times together fostered a very special relationship based on respect for each other and therefore Trust between us.
    Auntie Athena radiated with love, kindness, and always a positive attitude. She always ended a phone conversation with me by saying “I Love You” in Greek!
    Auntie Athena, I Love you and thank you for all the Happy Memories

  4. November 7th, 2021 | 2:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss ! Karen, I love you

  5. Sandra McNamara
    November 7th, 2021 | 5:50 pm

    Karen, I’m truly sorry for you and your family’s loss of your mom.
    What I knew of your mom she was a shining light and a beautiful woman. I never saw her without a smile and she had a lot of love to give. She will be your guardian angel for all of you.
    Lots and lots of prayers and love .

  6. Edward Fitzhenry
    November 15th, 2021 | 1:58 pm

    So sorry! I worked with athena at the town hall! Very nice lady! Godbless!

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