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Mass for wife, daughters

The body of William Parente, the Garden City lawyer who police said killed his wife and two daughters six days ago in a Maryland hotel room, is to be cremated separately, without a funeral, a family member said Friday.

A special Mass for William Parente's wife, Betty, 58, and their daughters, Catherine, 11, and Stephanie, 19, is to be offered Saturday at the family's longtime church in Garden City, where Betty recently became a Eucharistic minister. Their funeral will be next week.

William Parente, 59, whose work as a broker of short-term commercial loans is under scrutiny by state and federal officials, beat and asphyxiated Betty and Catherine, a sixth-grader at Garden City Middle School, in a hotel room Sunday, police said.

He waited several hours with their bodies before Stephanie came to the room, where she was also killed. Parente later committed suicide, Baltimore County police said. Their bodies were discovered Monday.

The Parentes drove together April 15 to visit Stephanie, a sophomore and speech-language pathology major at Loyola College in Maryland.

Relatives on both sides of the Parente family said viewings and the funeral for the mother and daughters will not include William Parente, whom friends and colleagues have described as a loving father.

William Parente's body is being held at Park Funeral Chapels in Garden City Park and his family will be making its own arrangements, said a funeral home spokesman.

"We're going to spread the ashes somewhere," the cousin said. Another Parente family member said they offered to donate burial plots for Betty and the children.

Joseph Mazzarella of Massapequa, a funeral parlor director and a cousin of Betty Parente, is making arrangements for Betty's and the girls' burial. When asked about the offer from William Parente's family, he answered: "No. I'm not putting them in their plot. I'm buying my own plot."

Viewings for Betty Parente and the children are Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Park Funeral Chapels in Garden City Park. Their funeral Mass is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Garden City.

They will be buried at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Pervaiz Shallwani and staff writer Michael Amon contributed to this story.


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