Alex M. Abate

                    December 25, 2009

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Abate, Alex M. (1947 - 2009) 62, adored husband, father, grandfather and lifelong resident of Rockford, died Christmas Day at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., after a sudden illness. He was born on May 21, 1947, to Alex and Ann (Gulotta) Abate. Alex is survived by his wife, Lisa (Paris) Abate; children, Jennifer (Jeremy) O'Dell, Alex (Wendy) Abate and Joey Abate; grandson, Jack Bradley O'Dell; brothers, Michael (Mary Ann) and Anthony (Patty) Abate; brother and sisters-in-law, Libby (Paris) Meier and Lana Paris and Donald Zwiefelhofer; aunts, Bertha Colmone and Marilynn Gulotta; and uncle, Joseph Gulotta; mothers- and fathers-in-law, Peter and Maria Paris and Ronald and Toni Clouse; nieces, Tina and Cassie Abate and Elizabeth (Greg) Mascolo; nephews, Michael (Colleen) Abate, Samuel Zwiefelhofer and Aaron Meier; great-nephew and -niece, Colin and Hadley Mascolo; predeceased by his parents. Alex graduated from Boylan Catholic High School in 1965. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics and juris doctorate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After school, Alex returned to Rockford, where he practiced law for 35 years. Alex was a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and was chosen by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer on multiple occasions. An avid Illini fan, golfer and founding member of the SAMM Tour, Alex will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues. Dad, we will forever answer your cheers of I-L-L ... . Services will be 10:00 AM Thurs. Dec 31, 2009 in St. Anthony Church with Franciscan Friars officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, in Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home and also from 9:00 AM Thurs. morning at the Church until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. Arrangements are with Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 707 Marchesano Dr. Condolences can be sent online at

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Death: December 25, 2009

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Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Rockford, IL