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Description: Obituary of Parente, Mario F.

Date: September 16 2009

Newspaper published in: Pittsfield

Page/Column: A6 / 6

Mario F. Parente, 57, of Bloomington died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009.
Mario was born May 31, 1952, in Chicago, the son of Joseph Anthony "Pat" and Norma diGaetani Parente. He married Nancy J. Niebur Nov. 27, 2008 in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are six nephews: Andy Niebur of Chicago, Tom Niebur of Carbondale, Ben Niebur of Bloomington. Joshua Filbert of Pittsfield, Joey Filbert (Laura) of Geneva and Augie Filbert of Pittsfield.
There will be a memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 4, at Tipton Park Pavilion off College Avenue in Bloomington. Friends attending the memorial should dress casually as this is an outdoor event. A tree will be planted in the park in his honor. A memorial service at Oakbrook Terrace Park District, Mario F. Parente Theatre was held Wednesday, Aug. 26.
According to his wishes he was cremated. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
Mario was executive director of Oakbrook Terrace Park District for 27 years. In both leisure and work he pursued a life of accomplishment and doing the right thing. He was recognized by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, Illinois Association of Park Districts and the National Recreation and Park Association for some of his innovative work in leasing air-rights over community park lands, working with contractors and builders and providing a well-rounded recreation program to his constituents. He was a lifelong White Sox fan, hobbyist, and an avid and knowledgeable 'G' scale train collector. He enjoyed playing the guitar, studying history, talking politics, mentoring students and following NASA space exploration.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to, Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) arts program or fishing derby, NEDSRA 1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101; Friends of WGLT public radio, ISU, Campus Box 8910, Normal, IL Attn: Pat Peterson; or the American Diabetes Association.
Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with the cremation.
Online condolences may be e-mailed from www.calvertmemorial.com

Submitted: 09/21/09

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