Edith M. Parker (nee Toniolo), 96, of Riverside, died on Sept. 27, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones. 

She was born on July 6, 1920 to the late Antonio and Evelyn Toniolo on the West Side of Chicago in the area around 23rd and Oakley, known locally as the “The Heart of Italy.” 

During World War II, she married Dr. Allen C. Parker, a captain in the U.S. Army. Following the war, Dr. Parker established a dental practice, and Ms. Parker gave birth to two sons, Terry and Tim, with the family moving in 1951 to their home in Riverside. 

This was home for the next 65 years, and she loved the quaint charm, the parks and the beauty of Riverside. But most of all she cherished the many, wonderful friendships she made there. 

Ms. Parker was the wife of the late Dr. Allen C. Parker; the sister of the late Roger Tone; the mother of the late A. Terry (Jo) Parker and Dr. Timothy J. (Diane) Parker; the grandmother of Amanda Parker, Katie (Joseph) Parker-Lazzara, Christopher J. Parker and Ryan A. Parker. 

Visitation is on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 3 to 8:00 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home, 2921 S. Harlem Ave. in Berwyn. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 126 Herrick Road in Riverside, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.