Abbate, Maria Lucy Castañeda. Lucy Abbate (nee Castañeda de Samper and fondly known to her family as Miss Lucy) was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. In 1951, Lucy moved to the U.S. and graduated from the University of Florida. She married Lorenzo "Larry" Abbate of Amityville, NY in 1957 and they began their beautiful life together in Fort Lauderdale. They had three sons, Anthony, Lorenzo, Jr. and John who grew up in a home full of love and high values. Following her husband's unexpected death in 1983, Lucy worked alongside her son Lorenzo at Craftsman Masonry, the company her husband founded in 1964 and then handed the family business down to him. Lucy enjoyed time spent with her sons, family and friends. She also valued her private time to enjoy a peaceful life. She is survived and loved eternally by her sons Anthony and Lorenzo Abbate and their wives Jaye Abbate and Sonia Velasquez, her granddaughter Estefania Abbate, all of Ft. Lauderdale and son John Abbate of London, UK; by her sisters, Elsa Castaneda de Casas and Betty Castaneda de Cortazar of Bogotá, Colombia, and sisters-in-law Cecelia Lopes, Florence Palazzo, Christine Alves and Josephine Heller; and let us not forget her finefeathered friend, her parrot, Dino. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Anthony Church, 901 NE 2nd St. in Fort Lauderdale on Monday, Sept. 8 at 10am followed by burial at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Immediately following will be a Celebration of Life reception at the Water Gardens clubroom, 347 N. New River Drive E. from 1 to 4 pm. The closest car parking is at the Riverside Hotel or any of the downtown parking lots. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the cancer charity of your choice. Arrangements by Fred Hunter Ft. Lauderdale Funeral Home, (954) 989-1550.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Sept. 6, 2008