Obituary of Barbara A. Abate
ABATE - Barbara A. (nee Schwelle) Barbara passed into God’s waiting arms on February 17, 2021. She was the loving wife of Ralph Abate and devoted mother to Annette Faber (nee Abate) and Michelle Ann Abate, as well as a doting grandmother to Sarah and Jill Faber. Barb was a proud alumnus of PS 78 and Kensington HS. Upon graduation she worked at Continental Insurance before moving to Long Island. She returned to Buffalo after a five year absence, where she continued her career as a devoted mother and homemaker. Barb was an Assistant Girl Scout Troup Leader and Cookie Coordinator, as well as a volunteer at numerous school and sports functions. She was very active at St. Christopher Church in Tonawanda, serving as an Adult Advisor for their CYO for over twenty years, receiving the “For God and Youth” award from the Diocese of Buffalo in 1993. Barb also assisted at the monthly Doughnut Socials for over thirty years, and served on the collection counting team. Barb enjoyed watching TV, playing cards, travel and coffee at Tim Horton’s. She was an avid fan of the Peanuts cartoon character “Snoopy” as well as the NY Yankees and the Buffalo Sabres. Family and friends will be received at the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), located at 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/ Sheridan Dr., on Sunday, February 21, 2021, between 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Christopher R.C. Church, located at 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, on Monday, February 22, 2021, at 9:30 AM. A reception at the St. Edmund Campus cafeteria will follow. Interment will be private at Mount Cavalry Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn. in lieu of flowers.