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dedicated to our dearest mother...

 

 

 

On March 13th, 1997 our mother was found murdered on her dining room floor. She was strangled and gagged and had a cut deep under her chin and was beaten. My niece was the one who found her. This took place in Ft. Lauderdale Fla. (EMERALD PALM APTS) the night before she was to be at Seminole Bingo - that was her life; she loved to play bingo on a weekly basis. Click on these images for the full-size photos and articles.

She could watch 42 cards at one time without marking them. She memorized the numbers. Everyone there called her the Bingo Queen, but she never made it there that night. If she went, she would have been there between 10:30 and 11:00. Her girlfriend called her to make sure she was up and ready, and my mom told her she was getting ready right now. 

After that phone call, God only knows what happened to my poor mother. She was murdered for a few worthless items and a very small amount ofOlgaobit.jpg (141298 bytes) cash. 

She was so happy - she was looking forward to going to Connecticut for her grandson's wedding which was to have taken place in two weeks. Not knowing she would have never made it, my family placed a picture of her at the at the head table, with a plate and glass - where she should have been sitting was an empty chair. Everyone was celebrating the ceremony glancing over at my mom's picture every so often, and their eyes filled with tears.

wedding.jpg (116532 bytes)My mom had nine children, losing a daughter to heart surgery in 92. My mother was always crying for her daughter. My sister was only 35 at the time of her death. 

olgacharlieroy.jpg (83947 bytes)Six heart attacks, two strokes and a lot of other serious health problems did not stop my mother from enjoying life, with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It took some low life piece of dirt!! to take our mother from
us forever. 

We miss her so much. This has been very hard on all our family, Life will never be the same for any of us ever again. Mom loved the Giants so on Super Bowl Sunday, my oldest brother Fred placed a NY Giants sweatshirt on her grave. 

Olganews.jpg (671469 bytes)They have not found out who murdered my mom yet, but we swear to God above we will never let dust gather on mom's files. I live for the day we find out who did this horrible thing to my mother. She never did anything to hurt anyone, always smiling at her neighbors as she satolgaarticle2.jpg (540266 bytes) outside her apartment, and always saying "Hello, how are you?" with her beautiful smile. I'll always remember her smile and laughter.  

We have a candlelight vigil every year on March 13th, right outside her apartment with the news people there reminding the public to please help us. If they know anything at all to come forward there is a $15,000 reward for any information. 

olga grave.jpg (115236 bytes)I send flowers to her grave on every occasion. She is laid to rest in her home town in Connecticut.  She loved all kinds of flowers, lilacs and roses especially and she loved red colors.  

Mommy, we love and miss you so much. Until I see you again, we promise we will not give up. You will always be in our hearts, Mommy rest in peace.

From all your children
We love you,
Patty

Hi Mommy,
I cant even think to begin how to speak to you when I cant actually
hear your voice. I do know that that the only thing keeping me sane at this
point is seeing your face in my dreams. The kids are doing real good;
you will be happy to know that there is going to be a new addition in the
family - David and Cynthia are expecting a girl. As for Andria, she is doing
real good also - she has her own place and is working 2 jobs. As for me, I'm 
still cutting hair and best of all I'm still going to bingo! Mommy I miss you so
much and I know one day we will all be together again where God can
take care of all of us as a family. Mommy I love and miss you so very much!

your Daughter
Maureen

Hi Ma,
Just a few lines to let you know we are all fine. All the kids are doing good. You'll be happy to know Christy has 2 beautiful kids. She is a very good mother. Kimberly is doing real well and she has a really nice guy in her life; you would really like him. Donnie is doing real well also. As far as Teddy he is still trucking, and of course, as for me I'm still babysitting. Just want you to know also Ma, I miss you very much. I miss talking to you on the phone like we started doing a lot before some sorry bastard took you from us. I hope you know that every day that goes by that you are in our thoughts and and in our hearts. Ma, I know you do because you are keeping us strong so that we can continue to find out who took you from us. Just remember we love and miss you very much and I know God is taking good care of you.

Love always
your oldest daughter
Dolores

Dear Mother - it's very hard to be without you, but I want you to know that I remember all the good things in our life, and it helps to think about those
wonderful years we had to spend together, and I miss being there for you. I
want you to know how much I love and miss you mommy, and I will see you in
heaven one day .......                                              
Love, your son Mark

January 30, 2001

Dear Ma,
I miss you more then I can ever begin to explain. The feelings I have inside of me are feelings of loneliness and anger, feelings of hatred for what someone has done to you and your family.  I am so angry, Iím not thinking straight. I may say things I never can recapture, things that may do permanent harm. Ma, I need you to help me as you did all my life, I need you to calm me down, help me clear my head of all this hatred I have in me.  
I remember holding your hands as you guided me across a busy street; I remember how I laid my head on your shoulders, crying when I ache as you soothed my pain. Ma, being the oldest of your nine children, I remember all the little things you did to makes us happy, from that penny bubble gum to our first new bicycle. I remember how you brought all nine of us through the roughest times, sacrificing everything you had and more. I recall several times how you would work day and night and still have time and energy to make sure your children ate and had clothes on their backs that were decent before they went off to school.  I remember how, as the early morning hours came, you helped me with my first newspaper route after working half the night yourself. Ma, I remember how you helped dad bring us out of low- income housing into a life of happiness and fun, how you stepped in and took over raising your grandchildren when times were tough. I can't think of a day that you weren't thinking of us first, teaching us to walk in the right path. Ma, all I do now is think of how we lost you - how in Godís name can someone hurt a person who did nothing but love all her life and help people, a person who knew nothing but love for her fellow being, my God how can someone take you from us the way they did?  I see nothing but your smile and hear your laughter in my private times. I see you hugging your children while they are playing, and laughing along with them. I can't get by a day without running into someone whose life you touched in a very special way - it could be by photo or in person.
Ma, I'm so sorry I wasn't there for you when you really needed me the most. I hear your screams day in and day out.  Please forgive me.  I will not give up the search for the person or person's who took you from our lives. May God make you better and keep you in his arms and make your sorrow into happiness. Say hello to Dad and Annamarie.........

I love you very much,
Fred, Shirley, Tommy, Janice, Bridget, Christopher and the newest addition, Frances J. Miller III.

Mom,

It just seems like yesterday, that you would be calling every weekend to brag how good "Your Giants" did or how bad Miami did! The boys would wait for your call, to joke with you or to defend their Dolphins. They know you would have been so happy the Giants were in the Super Bowl this year, it really wouldn't have mattered that they lost, you would have still called to rub it in that NY made it to the Super Bowl and that Miami didn't.  We don't have those phone calls anymore and they are so missed but we do have those memories. All those special memories that makes you being gone bearable. Mom, you would be so proud of your grandsons, they turned out to be great young men. Little Michael is doing well and still shares his kisses, smiles and giggles with everyone. Sometimes we think he is having his own private conversation with his Grandma, letting her know that she is missed very much.  We know that you are always there watching over him and that is a comfort.  Joe still plays ball and is slugging them out of the park! He sometimes will say how much he misses having his #1 fan there cheering him on. And last but not least Mom, Ronnie is going to do it! He is graduating in May from college with a degree in meteorology. He wants so bad to be on TV and to broadcast the weather. You would have been one of the first people he would have showed his first video broadcast demo tape to. Hopefully his dreams will come true and if you were here, we all know you would have been his #1 viewer. I think he misses you most, he is always reminiscing about all the great summers we all had together. Since you have been gone there has been a void in all our lives and a hurt that will never go away. It has been very hard on both Patty and I, we miss you so much and would give anything to have you here, to be able to tell you just one more time that we love you and to give you just one more hug (which was one thing we never did enough of). We all have paid a very high price losing you and the only thing that helps us get through each day is to remember those happier times when you were here and all the those wonderful memories.

We all love and miss you Mom and wish that you were still here with us.
Michael, Patty, Michael Jr., Joe & Ronnie

To Our Precious Grandmother,

We miss you so much that it hurts and not one day has gone by that you are not thought of.  It is so unfair that you were taken from our lives for no reason. This family exists because of you and we are so thankful for the lives you have created.  We wish more than anything that you were here to enjoy all the new additions to our family.  Just to hug you & kiss you and laugh with you once again would be wonderful.  You have graced each of us in a dear way and we cannot wait to meet you in heaven!

All Of Our Love,
Joey, Crissy, Little Joey, Tiffany, Christopher & Gina Lynne

Hey Grandma - I just wanted to tell you everything is good with me and I really miss you alot...I remember when you stayed at my house and I became a women, boy everybody knew because you told them but I didn't care because I was glad you were there, so you were the one I told..... Also I know I didn't get to see you alot but we always talked on the phone .. Now I moved to Florida and my mom is coming. She has to wait until the house is sold...  Well guess what? My brother Greg and Sharon had a baby boy on December 12, 2000 - I have a nephew; you know he is so cute....His name is Eathen Gregory Parlante..  But you are really missed by all of us...Also my dad is doing good; he works with Jason for a oil company now...But i just want to tell you I miss you dearly and I love you alot...         

 Love your granddaughter Tammy

Dear Grandma, I miss you so very dearly it hurts. I think about you everyday. I will tell all my kids all about you. Gina is the only one that has not been touched by your loving hands, and believe me she is a badass just like you. I hope God is taking good care of Grandpa and you. I know that some day we will all be together again. Until then I will always miss you. 
Love always
your dearest Grandson Joey

Hey Grandma-I miss you very much and i love you very much.
i remember when, the days i came to your house with my Mom or dad. i always help you get dressed and help you put on your shoes. i remember the day where i slept over and how you used to take care of me and told me about grandpa. i remember that last day i saw you - we were talking and when i left i told you to lock your door and that i love you very much and i gave you a big kiss on the cheek. i hope God is taking good care of you and grandpa. tell grandpa i said hello and that ill see him one day. grandma i promise that we will be together again and when that day comes i wont let you go again. i am some glad that i was that last one to see you - i love you very much
your grandson 
Anthony John Hyde



 

 

UNSOLVED KILLING

7 years later, a vigil for murdered mom

Relatives continue to honor the memory of 71-year-old
Olga Parlante, whose 1997 murder remains unsolved.

By SARA OLKON
solkon@herald.com

Seven years ago, 71-year-old Olga Parlante was found strangled inside her Emerald Palms apartment, a bloody rag stuffed down her throat. Her loved ones remain grief-stricken. The Broward Sheriff's Office is still looking for her killer. On Saturday, as they do on March 13 of every year, family members and friends came together at the modest apartment complex where Parlante was slain. They came to pray and remind BSO they are waiting for justice. The family has put up a $15,000 reward. CrimeStoppers will also pay $1,000 for information leading to her killer. ''To the persons who murdered our mother, know that we will not give up,'' said a sobbing Mark Parlante, 45. Detectives hope someone will come forward with new information. ''She is one of those innocent victims -- a harmless old woman murdered in her home for a TV set and a few dollars,'' said BSO spokesman Jim Leljedal. ``There is no case that we would rather solve than this one.'' A widow with a competitive zeal for bingo, Parlante died a cruel death. Already weakened by sickness and age -- she was partially paralyzed and needed a walker -- Parlante tried hard to escape her attacker. Sheriff's deputies found her bloodied fingerprints on the door frame of her apartment in unincorporated Broward near Fort Lauderdale. Loved ones on Saturday held white candles and recited The Lord's Prayer. They stood near her ground-floor apartment, imagined the scene and cried. Parlante was on her way to the Seminole Bingo hall the night she died. BSO estimates she was killed at about 10:30 p.m. Burglary may have been the motive. Missing from her home was $53, a television set, a clock and a radio, according to BSO. It was unclear if she knew her attacker. There were no signs of a forced entry, but she was known to leave her door open, said Detective Frank Ilarraza of the sheriff's office. Ilarraza was at the apartment when her body was taken away. He attends her vigil every year. ''It [the case] will remain open until we solve it,'' he said. Still, he said, all viable leads have so far been exhausted. Patty Hyde, one of Parlante's daughters, looked up at the sky with wet eyes. Her voice tight, she predicted eternal damnation for her mother's killer. Dolores Perrine, the eldest of Parlante's eight remaining children, called her siblings by Nextel. She was too ill to drive down from Lakeland. Her voice broke over the cellular phone line. ''It took a real bad affect on us all,'' she said. ``None of us ever got to say, `Goodbye.''' Anyone with information on the 1997 case is asked to Broward CrimeStoppers at 954-493-8477.


 

 


 

Our father who art in heaven please take care of our mother the best you can. We miss her so you will never know, and if I should die before I wake, I will be there with you mommy, just open the gate........

Mom, if you only knew what this has done to all of us you would be sad, but there's one thing we can hang on to and that's the love you gave us from birth to now. I love you so much mommy and your grandchildren and great grandchildren will never forget you, I promise you this.

With all my love and deepest broken heart, I will never forget you Mom.

I love you.
your daughter forever,
Patty
oxoxxoxox



~ A Mother's Love~

There is no love, like a mother's love,
no stronger bond on earth...
like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother, when she gives birth.
A mother's love is forever strong,
never changing for all time...
and when her children need her most,
a mother's love will shine.
God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one...
for all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they've done.
When her days on earth are over,
a mother's love lives on...
through many generations,
with God's blessings on each one.
Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love...
from the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.
~We Love You Mom~

                 Fred, Dolores, Patty, Bobby, Michael, Debbie, Maureen & Mark
      


 

~~Mothers~~

For those who are lucky to still be blessed with your Mom this is beautiful. For those who aren't, this is even more beautiful....

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked. And the guide said "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, and taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike and reminded them to feed the dog, and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this." 

Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come." And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children, A little patience and we are there."

So the children climbed, and as they climbed they learned to weather the storms. And with this, she gave them strength to face the world. Year after year, she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all ..... unconditional love. And when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you."

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she became little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their children." And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her, and gave her their strength, just as she had given them hers.

One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill, they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk with dignity and pride, with their heads held high, and so can their children after them."

And the children said, " You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas
morning.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. A mother shows every emotion...happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow..... and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life. She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take.

She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space...............not even death!

~~We Love You Mom~~
God Bless You