Tony Abate, 92, of Beaumont died Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Summer Place Nursing. He was born December 20, 1921 to Lula Minette Abate and Joe Abate and had been a lifelong resident of the area. He was a member of Forest Park Methodist Church. He will be remembered for his sweet spirit and gentle nature. He loved babies, toddlers, animals and bingo and the casinos. He lived his life to the fullest while able to do so. Never having children of his own, he helped to raise and support four nieces and a nephew, which he loved dearly. He has many nieces and nephews all the way to being a great great great uncle. He cherished them all. He served in the United States Army during WWII as a medic. He worked as a pipefitter for Local 195 until his retirement. Tony served as the resident council president at Summer Place from 2009 -2010. A role in which he took seriously and enjoyed very much. He is survived by his sister Mary Brucia of Vidor. His niece Mary Lou Alsdurf (Earl), which he considered his daughter and was his caregiver. His nieces Linda German (Bob), Susie Brucia, Josephine Brucia. His nephews Joseph Abate (Judy), Joe Brucia, Jr. (Judy) and Vernon Brucia and all of their wonderful children who enriched his life. His special friend Lula Mae Brian and his cat Mitsy. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joe Abate, sister Dora Evelyn Trahan, nieces Shirley Johns and Gloria Miller. The family would like to thank his Doctors at Setma, The Oaks, Summer Place, Odyssey Hospice and all the friends he made at these places for giving him such joy and love his last few years. Services will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. We will miss you Uncle Tony!!!!
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 21, 2013