John A. Sabatini, 95, of Exeter, died Thursday at the Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Dallas.
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Born in Old Forge, he was the son of the late Joseph and Laura Notari Sabatini and was a graduate of Old Forge High School, class of 1935. Before his retirement, John and his deceased wife, Catherine Mack Sabatini, successfully developed Sabatini's Pizza in Exeter and began a family business that continues now into the third generation. John was a longtime member of Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter, where he enjoyed many a golf game over the past 50 years. He was also 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.
Surviving are his sons, John and wife, Ellie Sabatini, Madison, Wis.; and Joseph and wife, Dr. Carol Sabatini, Wyoming; a sister, Norma Tortora, East Meadow, N.Y.; grandsons, Gino and wife, Catherine, Dallas, Texas; attorneys Carlo and Kristin Sabatini, Moscow; Lindo and wife, Dr. Maria Sabatini, Exeter; Nicholas and wife, Arianne, Miami Beach, Fla.; Aaron Sabatini, Rico Sabatini and Benjamin and wife, Katyln Sabatini, all of Madison, Wis.; eight beautiful great-grandchildren who always made him smile; and many, many friends who can readily attest that John Sabatini was a truly gentle man, and we have all been more than fortunate to have known him.
John was also preceded in death by a brother, Albert Sabatini; sisters, Ida Melucci and Vera Caproni; and longtime friend, Connie Littzi.
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 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 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mercy Center, Dallas, PA.
To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, visit www.gubbiottifh.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 9, 2013