Lucy Sicari Abbatine ('Mrs. A') of Monroe, N.Y., dies at age 84


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Lucy Sicari Abbatine ("Mrs. A") of Monroe, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at home surrounded by loved ones after her final battle with cancer. She was 84.

Lucy was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on July 28, 1934. She married her childhood sweetheart, Anthony, while he served in the Korean War with the U.S. Navy. They moved to Monroe in 1970.

Lucy and Tony owned and operated Abbatine Printing in Monroe. Together they were very active in the community at St. Anastasia Church, Monroe-Woodbury Little League, American Legion Mulligan Eden Post and Lake Region Italian-American Association. After Tony's sudden death at a very early age, Lucy worked at Harriman Heights School and Pine Tree School, where she adored the children and they adored her. She was a volunteer at Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen, N.Y., and a dispatcher for Monroe Volunteer Ambulance. The past 15 years she was a very popular figure at Frozen Ropes in Chester, N.Y., where she was loved by young and old alike. Always pleasant and helpful, she was affectionately called "The Matriarch of Frozen Ropes." She will be greatly missed.

Lucy adored her children and their beautiful families. She is survived by her children, Donna Vitolo and her husband, Ralph, of Monroe, Anthony Abbatine and his wife, Tammy, of Warwick, N.Y., Christine Franklin and her husband, Matt, of Wooster, Ohio, and Steven Abbatine and his wife, Dora, of Ashland, Mass.; grandchildren, Anthony and Michael Vitolo, Micaela and Anthony Abbatine, Carter and Courtney Franklin, Nicole and Gianna Abbatine; great-granddaughter, Jordyn Vitolo; sisters, Gloria daCunha and her husband, Manny, and Lidia Watrud; and many nieces and nephews.

Lucy was predeceased by her sister Connie Tuccillo.

Visitation was held Dec. 7 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home in Monroe. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. 8 at St. Anastasia Parish Church, Harriman, N.Y. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, N.Y., with interment in Orange County Veteran's Memorial Cemetery planned for a later date.

A special thank you to Vanessa Brown and Evett Wisdom who lovingly cared for mom during her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.



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