Livio Joseph Parolin, 70, of River Forest, lost his heroic fight against cancer on Jan. 1, 2021. Born on May 14, 1950 in Cittadella, Italy, to the late Olga and Angelo Parolin, at the age of 3, his parents decided they would build a life for him and his brother, John in America. They settled on the West Side of Chicago and sent their sons to Our Lady of the Angels. On Dec. 1, 1958, Livio survived the historic fire that took place at the school, and it was a blessing to anyone who met him over the years that he did. He went on to Gordon Tech High School, where his academic and athletic success on the football field led him to the University of Notre Dame. He went on to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and practiced for the past 40 years, where he touched the lives, not just the feet, of so many patients. But it was clear his biggest accomplishment was finding his wife, Mary Ann, and raising his family in River Forest. As his family grew, so did Livio’s heart and spirit. His family was the compass that drove him, from swim meets to water polo games and, most recently, dance recitals and the next generation of swimming and diving meets.
Livio was the husband of Mary Ann (nee Nash); the father of Elizabeth (Brad) West, Kathryn (Michael) Dahl, Christopher (Maggie) and Tommy (Jacqueline); the grandfather of Olivia, Madeline, and Thomas West and Mary, Emmett, Margaret, and James Livio Dahl and Eleanor Parolin, as well as those to come; the brother of the late John (Nancy); the cousin of Georgina (Carl) Przyborowski; the brother-in-law of Barbara (Richard) Pozzi, Dr. Rita (the late Kevin) McGuire, Margaret (John) Lenahan, Thomas (Mary) Nash and William (Sue) Nash; and many nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID regulations, the family celebrated a private Mass of Christian Burial at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, followed by entombment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on Jan. 6. Please visit Peterson-Bassi Chapels website to send your condolences.