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Augusta Marie Abato

April 30, 1931October 8, 2020
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Augusta Marie Abato was born April 30, 1931, in Bayridge Brooklyn, New York. Both of her grandmothers were also named Augusta; therefore, she was fated to the name. She labeled her childhood as, “fun, safe, and loving”. Her mother, Annette Friscia, was a seamstress. Her father, Anthony Sabella, worked as an electrician on the subways. New York is where she made friends for life, her best friend Carmela and her friend Clara, with whom she would reminisce. Moving into her adult life, she grew a preference to being called Marie. On August 23, 1952, she married Edward Abato. They moved out to Long Island and raised their beautiful family in Farmingdale. Her best friend, Carmela, married Edward’s brother, Albert, so the two friends also became sister-in-laws.

Marie and Edward had six children together, which included five daughters: Diane, Laurene, Christine, Carol, and Lisa. Their sole son, Donald passed away in 1976 from leukemia. Both Marie and Edward said they could never get over the loss of a child.

Marie was a vibrant, independent, strong woman who had many friends, with whom she loved socializing. She always missed her good friend Eleanor Smallwood and had constant fun with her best friend Mary Poe. The two of them, Marie and Mary, were active in their Catholic Church, Bible study, Italian Catholic Federation, Book club, and Bunco. Marie was religious and eventually became a Eucharistic minister. She was always grateful for the frequent visits of her favorite priest, Fr O’Sullivan.

Marie shared the same love for travel as her parents. She then instilled her enthusiasm for traveling with her own family. Some of her favorite places included Japan, Israel, China, Europe, and Australia. She loved family gatherings, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas, where she would completely outdo herself with decorations around the house. Marie especially appreciated family reunions on Lake Tahoe, the Danube River, and Riviera Maya, Mexico.

She stayed active by living alone and driving herself everywhere. Marie first learned to ski in her 60s and later, in her 70s, she belonged to the “Y”, where she enjoyed swimming and using the exercise machines .The machines would keep track of her progress. She often received messages that said Marie, “Slow down, you’re doing too much”.

After a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 87, Marie fought back until this past May, when the cancer had spread. For all of us, she was our rock, our friend, and she accepted and defended us fiercely. She will be greatly missed. Marie Abato leaves behind her five daughters, three granddaughters, Sara, Tamara, and Regina, and her two grandsons, Kurtis and Raul.

A Mass will be held at Our Lady of Assumption Church 3175 Telegraph Rd Ventura Ca 93003 on Friday October 30,2020 at 10:30 a.m. Due to Covid 19, masks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St Jude Children's Research Hospital or The Leukemia Society.

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Karen Magarian

October 30, 2020

Such warm and wonderful memories of a lovely woman and her beautiful family. Marie will be fondly remembered by many whose lives she touched.

Veronica Suess

October 28, 2020

Maria, was always so accepting. I valued her influence and mothering nature. She was a fun person to be around and so adventurous. She will be missed, by all . Rest in peace Marie Abato.

Patricia Weill

October 27, 2020

Marie was my cousin “through marriage” but once you were “in” the family, there was never a place for “by marriage”.. she was my cousin plain and simple. Marie’s mother in law, Sadie, was my mother’s sister. Sadie and my mother, Rita, came from a very large family... but as is sometimes the case in very large families, they separate into groups.. Eddie and Marie and my family were the Long Island “Lombardi”s... I so remember our visits..it was such a wonderful part of my early years. When Marie and crew moved out west, Marie never forgot me. We stayed in touch over the years and she and Diane helped me plan my “life adventure” to China.. and later to Israel. I last saw Marie at Carol’s.. I was so thrilled that she found time in her short visit to see me and my mother.....Marie was totally unaffected.. she personified “goodness” and she exuded class in the most wonderful way. She can never leave her family because what she brought to them will last forever. I know she is in heaven... I’m so grateful that she was a part of my life 💕

Richard Abato

October 27, 2020

I'm not sure of the date. Christmas 1960s.

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