Sylvester F. Fabiny
January 29, 1935 – June 27, 2020
Syl Fabiny passed away on June 27, 2020, in Allen, TX at the age of 85. He and his recently deceased wife of 60 years (Irene) lived in Oklahoma City until they moved to a care facility in Allen, TX last May to be near their youngest child.
The older of two children, Syl was the son of Matthew and Veronica Fabiny. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, on the Eastside. His father passed away when he was 14 years old. He had fond memories of spending summers helping his Aunt run her store in Uniontown, PA where his mother had extended family in the dairy business.
He served in the Army after high school and was stationed in Germany. Married in 1960, Syl and Irene raised three children in the Youngstown area. They moved the family, kids, and dog to Oklahoma City in 1979 when he was transferred to the then-new General Motors plant.
Hard-working, he was always busy doing something, but he was never too busy for his family. He was kind and easy-going with an understated sense of humor. He spent the last six years as a dedicated, devoted caregiver to his wife.
He was a certified master gardener, but that title is inadequate in describing his amazing talents in landscaping. Friends and neighbors will miss him every summer for the many tomatoes he gave away.
He could install, fix, or remodel just about anything. He was always happy to help others with their projects. His kids grew up hearing him yell “I need a helper!” from somewhere in the house. In his empty nester years, he became a skilled woodworker, making furniture and decor in his garage shop.
He is survived by three children and their spouses (Annette and husband Randy, Rusty (aka Larry) and wife Kelly, and Mark and wife Holly), as well as four grandchildren (Analiese, Jared, Tris and Zane). Syl’s sister, Dorothy, preceded him.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to his neighbors in OKC for their kindness, care and generosity. Because of them, Syl and Irene enjoyed their final years in their own home, where they most wanted to live.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Friday, July 10, 2020
Reception Following Service
Friday, July 10, 2020
Sylvester F. Fabiny
July 10, 2020
Syl & Irene fast became our friends by first visiting across the fence in our backyards. We both had a love of gardening and it just grew from there. It became almost a daily ritual during the summer months to visit. Syl, as everyone knew was a quiet caring man. Whenever I would bring him sweet treats, or ask him something, his favorite comment was: "Oh, ok!!" He did tell me not to listen to Irene when I baked for them. He wanted nuts in everything, and chocolate would even make it better. If I asked him what he would like me to make for him, it was ALWAYS meatloaf. It was definitely a way to win his heart.
Bill and I feel very fortunate to have had such good and caring neighbors for 27 years. Syl not only kept us supplied with tomatoes every year, but when we would go on a trip they were always right there to take care of our kitty. And I do mean take care. They would spend hrs at our home while we were gone so our Smoky wouldn't get lonesome. You don't find good people like them every day. We feel so blessed to have had them in our life for so many years. May you find love and joy together on the other side of the veil. Our love goes with you, Glenda & Bill
July 10, 2020
Syl has a special place in my heart & my memories of him & the compassion he had for my sister, Irene. God has blessed them with 60 years of marriage, 3 wonderful kids & 4 grand children. I thank our God for keeping them together in this sad time. I miss them & our special phone calls. Dort
Walt and Emma Kowardy
July 8, 2020
Syl was a quiet, gentle, good gardening, woodworking man. He usually let Irene do the talking. We had so many good times over the years playing cards and visiting. We will miss Syl and Irene forever and love them dearly.
July 5, 2020
Syl had to be one of the easiest going gentleman that I ever had the joy of knowing. He was a true duck, let just about everything roll off his back. I met him at GM back in 1980 in Oklahoma City. I would watch him play the card game Spades at work, he was a master of trickery at that game. Later I learned what a master of landscaping he was too. And woodworking. Many more things I'm sure. I really think the death of his wife was too much for him to bear, he truly loved her. I cannot believe he's gone. He was the Best Man at my wedding and a true friend to my husband-didn't even get mad at hubby when he was trying to buff out a scuff mark on Syl's beloved TransAm and broke through the clear coat and ruining the paint on the hood. Just shrugged his shoulders and said "Oh well it happens." When I would complain about my aches and pains he would tell me "guess what? It only gets worse." My dear friend Syl, all your aches and pains are gone now and I'm going to miss you, dear friend. But I know you're with Irene and you are happy once again. Thank you for all the help you've given me (and Ron) over the years. Next time I'm in OKC I'll go to our favorite restaurant and have a drink to you, Irene and Ron. You are gone too soon.
July 3, 2020
Our family first met Syl and his beloved late wife Irene in Ohio in 1961. They both had full-time jobs and needed someone to babysit their newborn daughter Annette. Our wonderful Mother Helen agreed and from then on we all became family. The family grew when Rusty (Larry) and Mark were born. My sister Ginny and I began doing a lot of the babysitting and we have wonderful memories of those days. I remember working with Syl on some landscaping projects; he taught me a lot! Although in later years we were literally spread cross the country we remained close. We will continue to be close-knit as together we walk through this time of grief and loss.