SABATINA, Matthew "Max", 98, born June 12, 1915 in Bellaire, OH, to the late Dominic and Mary Cistone Sabatina, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Max graduated from Bellaire High School and worked for several years at GATTO Wholesale Co. After moving to Akron, he was employed by PRESCO retiring as foreman.
Max was a US Army veteran of World War II serving with the 244 FAB (Long Toms Guns) in the European Theater, Patton's Third Army, for which he was awarded 5 battle stars. He still kept in contact with the few remaining members of the 244.
Max was a great sports enthusiast, especially those "Yankees". He loved to garden and sharing his bounty of garlic and peppers. He loved a great party with family and friends. He will be missed.
Max was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elizabeth; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Lucretia Musci; brothers, Frank and Dan Sabatina; infant sister, Mary; sister, Ann Marie Flanagan; and special friend Jim Verderico.
He is survived by children, Natalie (Anthony) Quatraro of Stow, Marie (Robert) Varrecchia of Green, Dominic (Jeannean) Sabatina of Goodyear, AZ and Matthew (Marlene) Sabatina of Cave Creek, AZ; sisters-in-law, Katherine Sabatina of Shadyside, OH and Nancy Conner of Enfield, CT; 14 grandchildren; many beautiful great and great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Sam Bella.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 5 at Blessed Trinity Church, 300 E. Tallmadge Ave. Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Hennessy-Bagnoli-Moore Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., Akron's North Hill. Max's final resting place will be Northlawn Memorial Gardens with military rites conducted by American Legion Charles Faust Post 281.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blessed Trinity Parish, Queen of Heaven Rosary Makers, 1800 Steese Road, Uniontown, OH 44685 or Bellaire High School Athletic Dept., 340 34th St., Bellaire, OH 43906.
You are invited to hbm-fh.com to view Max's tribute wall, offer condolences and share memories.