Ida L. Sabatella

Ida Louise Fatt Sabatella, 88, of Scranton, died on Sunday evening at Mountain View Care Center. She was the wife of Joseph F. Sabatella, who died on May 15, 2012, after 65 years of marriage.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Maria Christine Tauro Fatt. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1942, and Lackawanna Business College. Throughout the course of her working life she was employed by Brooks Mfg., Samters, Acme Fast Freight, Murray Corp., International Correspondence School and the Lackawanna Human Development Agency. Together with her husband, Joe, she owned and operated Sabatella's Sports Shop in South Scranton from 1954 to 1969. She was a board certified realtor and a member of the Greater Scranton Board of Realtors for over 25 years. Politically active, Ida served as Judge of Elections in the 17th Ward-7th Voting District at Audubon School for many years. Community minded, she was generous in volunteering her time for the American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts of America. Passionate and deeply devoted to her family and her faith, she was a member of Immaculate Conception Church for many years.

The family extends its sincere gratitude to the medical and nursing staff of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Barbara Pullman in particular, for their extraordinary compassion and kindness in caring for their mother.

She is survived by two daughters, Joanne Para and husband, Richard, Moosic; and Ann Corinne Lushis and husband, John Jr., Bethlehem; a son, Paul Sabatella, Bethlehem; six grandchildren, Aaron, Rachael, Brett and Matthew Para; and Christopher and Emily Lushis; several nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by a daughter, Mary Christine Sabatella; and four sisters, Ann Nappi, Rose Santaniello, Mary Ann DeRosa and Frances DeStefano.

The funeral will be conducted on Saturday with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the commencement of services.

Arrangements, Frank M. Regan Funeral Home, 715 Linden St., Scranton.

In lieu of flowers, direct memorial contributions in Ida's name to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Published in Scranton Times on Sept. 4, 2013