|Death: ||Apr. 5, 2009|
Mary Abati, 95, died quietly Sunday, April 5, 2009, in Lower Burrell after a brief illness. Mary will be remembered as one of the founding members of the Apostolate of Mary, a small religious group associated with Mt. St. Peter's Church in New Kensington. As a member, she was dedicated to helping the poor, distributing food where there was a need and running a thrift shop to provide affordable clothing. She was most visible as the director of the church choir, using her training in classical voice to expect perfection from the choir members. To those who knew her well, they saw the same perfection in the work that she did behind the scenes, from the altar floral arrangements to the setting of the altar cloths. She also ensured that religious education was available to children in their neighborhoods by establishing catechism classes in community centers and at St. John Bosco's Mission in Braeburn. She was born in the heart of Western Pennsylvania coal mining region, spending most of her life in the New Kensington area. She was the second oldest of eight children and is survived by her brother, Anthony Abati, who lives in Meadville; and her sister, Edith (Bryan) Lacey, who resides in Phoenix, Ariz. She also leaves three generations of nieces and nephews, numbering 47 in all. Her lifelong friend, Joanne Petitta, also a founding member of the Apostolate of Mary, passed before her; as did her parents, Michael and Rosalia Abati; her sisters, Agnes Zampogna and Rose Sack; her brothers, Joseph, Raymond, and William Abati; her nephew, Robert Abati; and niece, Theresa Strellec. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME, Arnold. Prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Mt. St. Peter Church. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Arnold.
(Obituary from The Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum, Pa.)
Created by: Rich Fedoush
Record added: Apr 30, 2009
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