Irene Michelotti Parodi, 88, of Ulster Park, N.Y. entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 18, 2020 at The Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, NY. Irene was born in New York City on August 13, 1932, the daughter of the late Julius and Mary (Tagliaferri) Michelotti. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by one brother Alfred and survived by one sister Adele Boggia of New York City.
Irene attended W.C Bryant High School and put herself through college, graduating in the class of 1956 from Hunter College with a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages. She was employed as Bilingual Executive Secretary for the International Division of American Cyanamid where one of her many accomplishments was to take dictation in multiple languages. On May 12, 1963 she married Arnold Parodi and moved to Ulster Park. They were married for 52 years. From 1980-1997, she was employed by the Kingston City Schools Consolidated Central Administration as Personnel Clerk where she made many life-long friends.
She was a devout Catholic and parishioner of the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Wilbur where she was a lector and taught CCD classes. She later belonged to St. Mary's Church in Kingston. Irene put her heart and soul into every facet of her life, especially her family and raising her two children, her pride and joy. She loved spending time with them and making trips to Pennsylvania to visit her granddaughters. Her friendships meant the world to her. She cherished her friends and enjoyed social gatherings. She was always willing to help others and generous in many ways. She loved dogs, books and was an avid reader of all genres frequenting the Port Ewen Library. Irene was also an accomplished pianist with a passion for classical music. She took great pride in decorating the interior and exterior of her home and loved to garden.
She is predeceased by her husband, Arnold (2015), survived by a daughter Irene Parodi O'Neill and husband LeRoy (Hummelstown, PA.), three grandchildren Madison, Halle and Emma; one son John Parodi (Albany, NY).
Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Kingston, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Saturday January 2, 2021 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 160 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401. Burial will follow in St. Remy Cemetery, St. Remy, NY. A tribute for Irene can be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.
Dear Irene and John,
I was so saddened to hear of your Mom's recent passing. She was a sweet, caring person and as you both know, along with your Dad and Nick and Josephine were like a big, loving, extended Italian family for me growing up. The times spent at the "farm" with your parents still remain for me as some of my best childhood memories. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and may you and families cherish all the good times you shared with your Mom.
Irene, John and family,
We were deeply saddened to hear of your dear sweet mom’s passing. We have such treasured memories of your entire family growing up in our wonderful neighborhood. She was such a devoted, caring friend to our mom, and for that we will be eternally grateful! They shared both laughter and tears over countless years. Whenever I spoke to your mom, she was always loving and honest, as well as humble and genuine with an evident deep faith in Jesus. She simply adored her children and grandchildren and loved sharing the latest news about them! She was truly one of the nicest, most gentle people I ever met without a doubt! Her lovely picture with her beaming smile and sparkling eyes is just how we remember her. She certainly made a difference in this world and was surely a blessing to everyone she knew! We will never forget her! May the love of God give each of you comfort, strength, hope and peace.
John and Cynthia (Kirk) Garcia & family
Dear Irene and John,
I just want to you to know the fond memories I have of your mom and the "Pumpkin Palace" as we called the Crown St. Administration Building. Your mom had to be very humble for me not to know she was a pianist and could speak foreign languages! She was a good person, kind, helpful and dedicated to her job in the school district! You chose a beautiful picture of her! Irene, until we meet again, rest in peace with God's love and that of Mary, His Mother! Love, Jeannie
Dear Irene and Family-
Mrs. Parodi was always a joy to visit with when she was in Pennsylvania, I so enjoyed her fun personality. I’m picturing a fantastic reunion in heaven with your father and other family members. With prayers and love-
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