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Phyllis S (Blase) Abbatessa - Dwyer

March 14, 1941 ~ July 21, 2017 (age 76)

The Piano Brothers
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Abbatessa - Dwyer, Phyllis S. 76, of Margate Fla and East Boston passed away July 21, 2017.

Beloved wife of 31 years of Jack Dwyer.

Devoted mother of Anthony Abbatessa III and the late Pvt. Phillipp J. Abbatessa.

Adored grandmother of Bruno, Antonio and Franco Abbatessa. 

Born March 14, 1941 to her late loving parents Emilio and Frances Blasé. 

Phyllis, a retired employee of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department and onetime owner of the Lefty Shop in Faneuil Hall spent much of her free time, before moving to Florida, working in East Boston and the surrounding communities as a political and cultural activist.

As the wife of the late Anthony Abbatessa Jr. (owner of Terrie's Food Mart in Winthrop) served on many committees in the Sons of Italy and Chamber of Commerce.

Currently she is a member of the Italian-American's Club in Margate Fla of which her husband Jack Dwyer is the president. 

Family and Friends will honor Phyllis' life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Wednesday, August 2nd from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and again on Thursday morning at 8:30 AM  before leaving in funeral procession to St. Joseph - St. Lazarus Church Ashley St., East Boston for a 10:00 AM Funeral Mass in Celebration on Phyllis' life.

In lieu of Flowers donations can be made in the name of Phyllis Abbatessa-Dwyer to the Franklin Park Zoo butterfly Exhibit 1 Franklin Park Rd Boston, Ma 02121

Charitable donations may be made to:

Franklin Park Zoo Butterfly Exhibit
1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston MA 02121

 Service Information

August 2, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home
971 Saratoga Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Funeral Service
August 3, 2017

8:30 AM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home
971 Saratoga Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Funeral Mass
August 3, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Joseph - St. Lazarus Church
59 Ashley St.
East Boston, MA 02128

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