Mabel R. (Paquette) Abdella, 95, of Worcester passed away on May 18th in Notre Dame Long Term Care Center.
Born to Michael and Anna (Daboul) Paquette in Worcester, May grew up in a large, loving family whose lives revolved around Our Lady of Mercy Church and their East Worcester neighborhood. A talented seamstress, Mabel worked for a local manufacturer of designer coats and suits for the New York market. Following his return from World War II, she married Albert E. Abdella and over the years worked with him in his produce and flower businesses on Park Avenue and his fleet of taxicabs. Always the silent partner, she also managed to be an attentive mother to her three sons and a caring helper to her mother and other family members at their times of need, especially to her husband Abby after his stroke. Mabel was a gentle woman who gave her family her love, wisdom, and fantastic cooking.
May leaves her three sons, Albert E. Abdella, Jr. and his wife Jean of Worcester, Richard P. Abdella of Worcester, and Paul R. Abdella, Sr. and his wife Sandra of North Oxford; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. She is also survived by a brother, Francis Paquette of West Boylston.
Mabel was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Albert E. Abdella, Sr., a daughter in law, Edeltraut Abdella, granddaughter, Sandra Abdella Chaput, and eight siblings, John, Helen, Edward, and Florence Paquette, Sadie Abood, Laura Abdella, Mary Rahaim, and Rita Cournyn.
There will be no calling hours. Her funeral service and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in May’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. O’CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue, is assisting with arrangements.