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Anthony J. Abdella, 92, former owner of meat markets March 30, 1915 -- April 1, 2007

Anthony J. Abdella, former owner of Abdella Meat Markets in East Bethany and Attica, died April 1 in the home he shared with his daughter Regina in Stafford. He was 92.

Born in Fredonia, the son of Lebanese immigrants, he was a graduate of Fredonia High School and earned an associate's degree from Dunkirk Business Institute.

A salesman for Attea Brothers, wholesalers of candy and tobacco, for 40 years, he retired in 1980. Also self-employed as a livestock dealer, he opened his first meat market in 1967 in East Bethany, opened a second location in Attica and retired from the business in 1980.

A former resident of Batavia, East Bethany and Warsaw, he was a founder of the Batavia Bridle and Saddle Club and enjoyed horses, cars and investing.

The father of 10 children and survived by nearly 100 descendants, he was the widower of Madeline Anne Bittar Abdella, who died in 1978, and Margaret Mary Bradley Abdella, who died in 2002.

Surviving are four sons, Raymond, Lawrence, L. Gerard and Anthony; four daughters, Mary, Regina, Elizabeth Saleh and M. Catherine Hatoum; and a sister, Sister John Maron Abdella.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. June 2 in St. Mary Catholic Church, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia.


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