Florence A. Parker, 99, of Glastonbury, formerly of Manchester, the wife of the late Thomas Parker passed away peacefully on Monday, December 31, 2018 at The Hearth, Glastonbury with her daughter by her side. Florence was born in Newton, MA to Sabino and Josephine (Sauro) Annese. She graduated from High School in Somerville, MA and received her RN degree from Mt. Auburn School of Nursing Cambridge, MA in 1941.
She proudly served as a nurse in the US Army Nurse Corps during WWII with the 6th General Hospital Unit. She was stationed in North Africa and Italy where she met her future husband Tom who was also a WWII veteran.
She was married to Thomas Parker on September 7, 1946 in Somerville, MA. They were happily married for 52 years. They moved to Manchester in 1965 where she lived for 52 years. She was blessed to have so many wonderful friends and neighbors.
She was an active communicant at St. Bartholomew’s Church for over 50 years and a member of the Our Lady of Unity Mothers Circle, where she made friendships that have lasted a lifetime. She served in many ministries of the church and volunteered at Manchester Hospital, The Food Pantry, MACC, Scouting and Crestfield Convalescent Home. She returned to nursing later in life at the Holiday House in Manchester, which was such a joy to her.
She is survived by her children MaryAnn Fitzgerald and her husband James of Fort Worth, TX, Carolyn Parker of Lewiston, ME, Linda Parker of Natick, MA and Thomas J. Parker of Wethersfield; and her ‘adopted’ grandchildren, The Driscoll’s, Tyler, DJ, Kylee and Ashley and her nephew David Joyce. She was predeceased by her sister Edith Joyce.
Florence’s family would like to offer thanks to all the dear friends she has made along the way in her 99 years and to the residents and staff at the Hearth at Glastonbury for their support.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 4th, at 9:15 am from the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center St. Manchester, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00 a.m. St. Bartholomew Church 736 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester followed by burial in East Cemetery, Manchester. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Bartholomew Church 736 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT 06040. For online condolences please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com.