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Carl Parnella, 102, operated deli in Falls Nov. 7, 1902 -- Sept. 23, 2005

NIAGARA FALLS -- Carl Parnella, 102, owner and operator of Parnella's Delicatessen, died Friday in Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center following a brief illness.

Mr. Parnella was born in Monessen, Pa., and attended schools in Pennsylvania.

He married the former Angelina "Lena" Lipari in Monessen in 1928, and they moved to Niagara Falls in 1947. She died in 1982.

From the early 1950s until his retirement in 1972, Mr. Parnella ran the delicatessen at Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street, and later at Buffalo Avenue and 80th Street.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, the church choir and senior citizens club. He also was a member of John Duke Senior Center.

Mr. Parnella was a musician and vocalist, who played the clarinet and saxophone with an orchestra while living in Pennsylvania.

Survivors include five sons, Anthony of Niagara Falls, Mario of Spokane, Wash., Ronald of the Town of Tonawanda, Carl V. of Buffalo and James of Montgomery, Ala.; a daughter, Josephine Fiori of Niagara Falls; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 27th Street and Independence Avenue, following prayers at 10:30 in M.J. Colucci & Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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