Parise Funeral Home founders:
Carmine & Angela Parise

On May 27, 1941, Carmine J. "C.J." Parise received his undertaker's license, as it was called back then by the state of Pennsylvania. Carmine's interest in the funeral profession was inspired by his uncle, Jacob B. Graziano, who was the first funeral director of Italian decent to serve the growing Italian immigrant population in the city of Carbondale during the early part of the 20th century. Carmine graduated from the McAllister School of Embalming in New York City and upon receiving his license, he decided to establish his own business on the city's west side of town. Over time his professionalism, compassionate service and care appealed to people of all nationalities and religions.

Like all other funeral directors of that time, he conducted wakes and funerals from the deceased's home. Sensing the need for an alternative place to hold such services, he purchased a home located at 89 Farview Street in 1949 and converted it into a funeral home and residence for his family.

Shifler-Parise Funeral Home founder:
Glynn C. Shifler

In 1957, Carmine established the Parise Ambulance Service. With no local volunteer ambulance corps, area funeral homes provided the only means of local and out of town emergency medical transportation. During the mid 1960's and early 1970's, the Parise Ambulance Service answered more emergency calls than any other ambulance service in Carbondale. The ambulance service came to an end in 1974.

While Carmine continued to operate his growing funeral business and ambulance service, he also had a successful embalming trade service. From the time he received his license, he offered his expert skills in embalming, restorative art and cosmetology to area funeral directors who would contract with him for these services. At the height of his trade business, Carmine was contracted with over twelve funeral homes in Lackawanna, Wayne and Susquehanna Counties. During this time, Carmine also assisted in the daily operation of the Pecko Funeral Home in Simpson, Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. In 1971, he gave up his trade accounts and devoted his time solely to the families he served.

In 1966, Carmine's son, Louis C. "Chippy" Parise graduated from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York and served an internship with his father. In 1967, Louis was licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and in 1972 the state of New York. After Carmine's death

Wade Funeral Home founders:
Edward & Eleanor Wade

in 1980, Louis became the sole owner of the business.

In 1986, Louis purchased, renovated and enlarged the Glynn C. Shifler Funeral Home in Clifford, Pennsylvania and renamed it Shifler-Parise Funeral Home. In 1997, Monuments by Parise was established. It offers granite and bronze memorials, mausoleums, and a cemetery lettering and cleaning service. In 2000, Louis formed the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home in Carbondale, a branch office of the Clifford location.

In 1997, Louis's oldest son, Jason C. Parise received his funeral directors license making him a third generation funeral director. In 2002, Louis's middle son, Jeffry S. Parise joined his father and brother in the family business when he received his license. Both sons are graduates of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, New York.

In 2010 Frank and Christopher Wade of the Edward A. Wade Funeral Home of Carbondale merged their business with the Parise family. The merger ensured that the Wade Funeral

Ted & Eleanor's son, Frank J. Wade

Home would continue to provide dedicated service to the families that they have served since 1946. Unfortunately, six months after the merger Frank Wade died at the age of 63. His son Christopher continues to serve families at the Wade Funeral Home.

Carmine J. Parise left behind a proud and reputable tradition which his family has vastly expanded. His son and grandsons continue to serve their community and its surrounding areas with the same respect and professionalism that Carmine established over seventy five years ago.