Pasquale Joseph “Pat” Abruzzese, 80, of Pottstown, formerly of Pen Argyl, husband of Alita (Roma) Abruzzese, passed away on Feb. 17 surrounded by his family.
Born in Easton, he was the son of the late George A. and Josephine G. (Catino) Abruzzese.
Pat was a graduate of Pen Argyl High School class of 1960, Peirce College, Ursinus College and Spring Garden College with a B.S. in Information Technology. Before retiring in 2007, he was employed as a senior systems engineer in the IT industry. A Vietnam veteran having served in the Navy and reserves, he was a member of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Pottstown, the Men of Malvern Catholic retreat, the USS Orleck Foundation, Dyle E. Bray – VFW Post 739 in Bangor, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Pat’s proudest accomplishment was being a father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play soccer, baseball, and perform in concerts. Family vacations to the Outer Banks were cherished and travel anywhere new was always welcome. Pat was also a big fan of football, whether high school, college or NFL (go Steelers) he enjoyed it all. He also loved many kinds of music, Broadway shows, a good drum and bugle corps competition, his Porsche, and was proud of his Italian heritage. He was a keeper of all things sentimental.
Surviving with his wife are daughters Michele Castiglioni, wife of Benjamin, and Melanie Franz, wife of David; son George Abruzzese; and grandchildren Branden, Sophia, and Giovanni. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his infant brother Joseph.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 24, 11:00AM at St. Thomas More RC Church, 2102 Pottstown Pike, Pottstown, with burial in Gethsemane Cemetery, Reading. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford and on Thursday from 9:30AM to 10:45AM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pasquale’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or USS Orleck Navel Museum at the following link https://orleck.org/donate-now/