Warren J. Abbate, 85, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 10, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Florence; children, Alysia (Ron) Ivan and Claudia (John) Craig; grandchildren, Alex (Jill) Ivan and Tessa Ivan; siblings, Charles (Christina) Abbate and Dolly Holland. Warren was born in Calcite, Colo., served as an officer in the Army during the Korean War, and was an elementary school teacher and principal in District #60 for a total of 28 years. He was an avid gardener and renowned baker. He was a wonderful loving man who will be greatly missed. Member of Pueblo Elks Lodge #90, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie #145, DAV #39, Retired Eagles Activity Club, Pueblo Retired Educators, American Legion #2, Columbian Federation, and Knights of Columbus #557. Rosary, 6 p.m. Wed., Jan. 14, and memorial Mass will be celebrated, 10 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 15, 2015, at St. Mary Parish, 307 E. Mesa Ave., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Hospital through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.

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  1. To the Family of Brother Warren J. Abbate, It is with a most humble heart I extend Condolences on behalf of Pueblo Elks Lodge #90. Warren was a true and loyal Member of our Order for 52 years!
    He will be surely missed and fondly remembered. As a loyal Brother he will be honored at our memorial service the first Sunday of December this year, where his name will be respectfully added to our “Tablets of Love and Memory” .

    “A Noble Elk has fallen, pierced by the arrow of death. His trial ended, his faults forgotten, His virtues cherished, he rests in peace’�”

    Arthur J. Birmingham
    Lodge Secretary

  2. Dear Mrs. Abbate and Family,
    I was saddened to hear of Mr. Abbate’s passing and you all have my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolence. Besides being my principal when I was a student at Lakeview Elementary, he was also my father Kenneth Davis’s very dear friend. I saw Warren several years ago and when he spoke of my dad, he still teared up when he talked about “Kenny” as he called him. I will never forget how much that meant to me to know that my father had a friend like your husband and father…he truly knew how to love, as you already know. I’m grateful that you “shared” him with so many of us.
    In Deepest Sympothy,
    David Davis

  3. To the family and friends of Mr. Abbate, I offer deepest condolences on the loss of an extraordinary man.

    My maiden name was Michele Maravilla, and I was one of the many, young, Lakeview Elementary School students of Mr.Abbate’s, back in the mid 70’s.

    Mr. Abbate’ cheerfulness, coupled with a stern dedication for excellence, will always remain one of my fondest memories of him. He was a true leader, who gave us our earliest lessons in manners, fairness, and responsibility—lifelong values, instilled at a very young age, by a caring man who many still consider one of our first role models.

    I am not sure how, but Mr. Abbate never seemed to forget his students. Occasionally, he would run into my mother at the grocery store and she said he never failed to ask about me or my brother, who attended Lakeview a year ahead of me. He would ask our mother how my brother and I were doing, and then gently tease her about the time my brother got sick in his car on the way home from a school-sponsored field trip. Mr. Abbate never forgot about us, and we will never forget him.

    Thank you, Mr. Abbate….I will honor your life by continuing to live mine in the way you taught me: with a cheerful dedication to excellence in all that I do. May God rest your soul, and bless your family.

    Michele White

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