Anthony Abramo, 66, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at the Royal C. Johnson Memorial Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., following a brief illness.
Anthony (Tony) Samuel Joseph Abramo was born on April 27th, 1939 in Sioux City, the son of Samuel and Violet (Wolfe) Abramo. He was raised in Sioux City and attended Heelan High School.
Tony enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country from 1956 to 1958. He married Judy Lane on March 9, 1957, in South Sioux City, Neb., and following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps the couple made their home in Sioux City. Tony spent most of his life in the printing business working at City Hall for the City of Sioux City for 18 years, and was then employed at Record Printing. Tony then moved to Fairmont, Minn., where he was employed as a CNA at a nursing home for two years. Missing the printing business he moved to Le Mars and worked for Red's Printing until his retirement in 1997.
Poppa Tony, as his grandchildren affectionately called him, had a proverbial green thumb when it came to plants and gardening. He loved to travel with his children and grandchildren, and always had a story to share with anybody who would listen.
Tony attended the Le Mars Bible Church, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his three daughters, Teresa Nelson and her husband, Ray of Hinton, Cheryl Wells and her husband, Mike of Le Mars, and Deborah Conrad of Omaha, Neb.; one son, Mark Abramo and his wife, Terri of Breezy Point, Minn.; 17 grandchildren. Toni and Jason Davis, Nick, Brooke and Brittany Nelson, Michael Wells and his wife, Alissa, Tiffany Howell and her husband Luke, Rachel and Matthew Wells, David Conrad and his wife, Teresa, Chad and Lindsey Conrad, Jordan, Konrad, Levi, Markie and Bryck Abramo; five great-grandchildren, Katy and Kamron Bergenske, Michaela and Aidan Conrad, and Landon Howell; a brother, Samuel Abramo Jr. and his wife Francis "Teedy" of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two nephews, Christopher and Matthew Abramo of Las Vegas Nev.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Le Mars Bible Church. The Rev. Fred Gums will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars, with Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion providing military honors. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Le Mars Bible Church with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral. The Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Jason Davis, Levi Abramo, Bryck Abramo, Nick Nelson, Michael Wells, Matthew Wells, Jordan Abramo, Konrad Abramo, David Conrad and Chad Conrad. Honorary pallbearers will be Dave Conrad, Rich Odum and Jim Rahn.