Feb. 7, 2013
John A. Sabatini, 95, of Exeter, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at the Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Dallas.
Born in Old Forge, he was a son of the late Joseph and Laura Notari Sabatini and was a graduate of Old Forge High School, class of 1935.
Prior to his retirement, John and his deceased wife, Catherine Mack Sabatini, successfully developed Sabatini's Pizza, Exeter, and began a family business that continues into the third generation.
John was a lifetime member of Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter, where he enjoyed many a golf game over the past 50 years. He also was a member and past president of the Exeter Lions Club. He belonged to the Big Band Society and was an accomplished ballroom dancer, appearing numerous times in Channel 44's ballroom dance productions.
In addition to his wife, Catherine, John was preceded in death by his brother, Albert Sabatini; sisters, Ida Melucci, Vera Caproni; and his longtime friend, Connie Littzi.
Surviving are his sons, John and his wife, Ellie Sabatini, Madison, Wis., and Joseph and his wife, Dr. Carol Sabatini, Wyoming; a sister, Norma Tortora, East Meadow, N.Y.; grandsons, Gino and his wife, Catherine, Dallas, Texas; attorneys Carlo and Kristin Sabatini, Moscow, Pa.; Lindo and his wife, Dr. Maria Sabatini, Exeter; Nicholas and his wife, Arianne, Miami Beach, Fla.; Aaron Sabatini, Rico Sabatini, Benjamin and his wife, Katyln Sabatini, all of Madison, Wis.; eight beautiful great-grandchildren who always made him smile.
And finally, he leaves behind many, many friends who can readily attest that John Sabatini was a truly gentle man and they have all been more than fortunate to have known him.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 8:30 a.m. from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 9 a.m. at St. Barbara Parish at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 28 Memorial Ave., Exeter, where John was a member. Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Sunday at the funeral home from 5 until 8 p.m.
Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the Mercy Center, Dallas, Pa. To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com.