Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday for the funeral of New Jersey nanny Stephanie Parze, whose remains were missing for months after she was slain by her stockbroker boyfriend, NJ.com reported.
Family and friends packed into Mass at St. Rose Lima Catholic Church in Freehold to say their goodbyes to Parze, 25, who went missing on Oct. 30.
“We would like to thank you all for helping us celebrate Stephanie’s life and spirit,” the Parze family wrote in the program for the service, according to the website. “The support, love, kindness and friendship during these last three months gave us strength, lit our fires of hope and renewed our faith. We are forever grateful. It has given us comfort to be surrounded by family and friends in this time of grief.”
Parze’s body was recovered last week in a wooded area of Old Bridge, putting an end to an 87-day search involving multiple police departments and a team of volunteers.
Prosecutors have pinned Parze’s death on John Ozbilgen, 29, her ex-boyfriend. Ozbilgen, — a stockbroker who was under investigation by authorities — admitted in a suicide note that he killed Parze before he hanged himself in November, prosecutors have said.
The funeral program included a photo of the Parze family standing in front of a waterfall alongside their loving words.
“Your ‘angels’ have found you and guided you back to all who love you,” Parze’s family wrote. “The pain of not knowing has subsided now that we know you are safe and sound in heaven.”
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