Mary Jane Calvaresi Parsons, 94, passed away on June 13. She was the loving wife of Thomas Livingood Parsons, Sr. who passed away on February 24, 2003 and her first husband Thomas Calvaresi who passed away on July 20, 1975. Mary Jane said many times “I was blessed” I had two wonderful husbands. They were both very very good men.
Born in Shillington on August 15, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Mary Elmira (Ebbert) Body and John M. Body Sr.
Mary Jane was a former member of St. Marks United Church of Christ, and was of the protestant faith.
She was employed by the City of Reading for five years, retiring in 1982 as Chief Clerk of the Tax Administration Bureau. She also worked for the County of Berks in the Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division from 1975-1976. Prior to that, she was employed by Calvaresi Food Markets, Inc. as cashier from 1963-1969, and as their bookkeeper from 1963 to 1975.
Mary Jane’s greatest joy was being a homemaker, wife, and mother and “watching her children grow up to be the loving, caring, understanding,, and responsible adults they now are”. Mary Jane did a crossword first thing in the morning, and read the Reading Eagle every afternoon. She was happiest any time she was with her family, especially with her great grandchildren.
Two of her favorite places to visit were the New Jersey and Maryland shores. When Mary Jane and her husband Tom traveled, their destinations were to any of the beautiful and historic places between Washington DC and Key West, FLA. She especially loved Williamsburg, VA. They also visited Canada several times and had owned a home in Naples, FLA
Mary Jane is survived by two loving children, daughter, Cheryl Calvaresi Haring, wife of Paul K. Haring, and Thomas M. Calvaresi, husband of Debra E. (Deeds) Calvaresi. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Kristin L. (Haring) Caccese, Jan E. (Haring) Bertolet, wife of Joseph Bertolet, and one grandson, Ty M. Calvaresi. There are 8 Great Grandchildren, Andrew M., Abigail L, Samuel C., and Gino T., Caccese, Brady P., Kolby K., Connor M. Bertolet, and Luca M. Calvaresi.
She is survived by one brother, Solon P. Body.
She was predeceased by a beloved son, Allessandro “Alex” Calvaresi II who passed away on October 18, 1988.
She was predeceased by four sisters, Mildred N. (Body) Kline, Anna May (Body) Mann, Joan J. (Body) Calvaresi, and Lucille G. (Body) Landis, and one brother, John M. Body Jr.
Funeral Service will be held at the Chapel at Laureldale Cemetery Mausoleum, 4631 Pottsville Pike, Muhlenberg Township, Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 11:00 am. Reverend Mark DeWald will officiate. Entombment will follow. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Chapel at Laureldale Cemetery Mausoleum Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Memorial contributions can be made in Mary Jane’s memory to Greater Berks Food Bank, 117 Morgan Drive, Reading, PA 19608. Bean Funeral Home 3825 Penn Ave. Sinking Spring is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com