Ada Parness of Livingston and Boynton Beach, Fla., died Oct. 27, 2019. Born in Albany, N.Y., she lived in Bridgewater for 48 years before moving to Livingston.
Mrs. Parness initially trained and worked in the field of secretarial sciences. Years later, after her marriage, she pursued advanced degrees, graduating from Rutgers with a B.A. in English and from Seton Hall with a master’s in special education. She accomplished this while working as an English and special education teacher and raising her children.
For many years, she was employed by the Woodbridge School System as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant. She also started the district’s IVY program, which found internships for students with disabilities.
She was also active with Deborah Hospital and Temple Shalom, where she was chairman of the board.
Predeceased by her husband, Leonard; a daughter-in-law, Marleen; and a grandson, Matthew, she is survived by two daughters, Elayne (Alan) Pollet of East Hanover and Debra Goldstein of Livingston; two sons, Richard of Springfield and Michael (Diana) of Wayne; a sister, Lois Apfelbaum of New York City; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held Oct. 28 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or Macular Degeneration Association.