Maria R. Parrillo

1928 - 2023

COOPERSTOWN – Maria R. Parrillo, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, passed away peacefully with family by her side Thursday afternoon, January 26, 2023, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta. She was 94.

A native of Italy, Maria was born February 8, 1928, in Naples, a daughter of Ralph and Bianca (Peluso) DeSimone. She was raised and educated in Naples, with her schooling focusing on mathematics. During World War II she met Lewis Parillo, a native of Cooperstown who was serving in the United States Navy. Maria and Lewis were married April 8, 1946, in Naples, and upon his honorable discharge from the Navy they came to Cooperstown and settled into their home on Beech Street. 

For many years Maria worked for Lady Juliet and Dr. Christopher Tadgell at their summer cottage on Lake Street in Cooperstown. She was also active with the Otsego County Board of Elections and was a communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. For several years she enjoyed spending winters with her husband in Zolfo Springs, Florida.  

Maria is survived by her three daughters, Susie Jennings and husband, Gary of Hartwick, Joan Hotaling of Toddsville and Sara M. Terrano and husband, Curt of Cooperstown; two grandchildren, Jason Parrillo and Jessica Jennings Bryan (Mark); and three great grandchildren, Jessica Parrillo, Christopher Bryan and Mia Bryan. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Lewis who died August 17, 1995; a son, Mario Parrillo who died October 27, 1977; and a son-in-law, Kenneth W. Hotaling, Jr. who died August 17, 2008.

Maria will be laid to rest later this Spring in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. 

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.