Reva Dorothy Parolari passed away June 22, 2019. She was born Feb. 6, 1931 and started her life in the Quad City of Moline, Illinois. In her young life her four siblings and many aunts, uncles and cousins surrounded her.
Throughout her life she was close to her family and friends, visited often and always kept up with what was happening in everyone’s lives. She always had a bit of a rebellious streak in her. In high school, she would sneak out of the house and meet her friends down by the river for a beer and cigarettes. She loved to sleep and was never an early riser. She stayed up late with her siblings and talked until the wee hours of the morning (sometimes this involved martinis, her favorite).
In 1949 she graduated from Moline High School and immediately went on to nurses training at Moline Public Hospitals. After graduation she worked at the University of Iowa’s Polio Ward practicing her profession.
In 1953 her adventurous spirit brought her to California where she worked at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and ultimately met our dad and started a family. The family grew to four children: Susan, Stephen, Diana, and Debra.
She worked off and on in her profession as a RN but was mostly a stay-at-home mom. She loved to cook and try new recipes, was a voracious reader and sewed all of our clothes.
One of her happiest moments was when her grandchildren were born. Kayla and Alek were the “apple of her eye” and could do no wrong. Proudly, her granddaughter Kayla followed in her grandma’s footsteps and became an RN in 2017. She was also very excited for her grandson going off to college this fall to study aerospace engineering.
She truly wished that she could stay on this earth long enough to dance at her grandchildren’s weddings, but time was not on her side.
She passed peacefully in her home on June 22. Her husband of 63 years and her two children, Stephen and Diana, preceded her in death. Her two daughters, Susan Baffico of Moab, Utah, and Debra Parolari-Grosgurin of San Carlos, California survive her.
We were able to keep mom at home with the exceptionally kind care of Mission Hospice, Best Senior Companions and the Avant Independent Living Facility. We will be forever grateful. We miss you, “Mama Mia.”