Idio Tabacchini

Idio Tabacchini

July 16th, 1922 January 14th, 2019

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Obituary for Idio Tabacchini

Idio Francis Tabacchini, known to everyone as “Tabby”, passed peacefully on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 96½. Tabby is a native of Detroit, MI born on July 16, 1922 to parents Francis and Assunta (Tarsia) Tabacchini. He moved to Mt. Vernon, NY after marrying Marie Tiso on September 2, 1951.

Tabby is a WWII US Navy veteran, serving at Memphis Naval Air Station, Millington Tennessee, a primary flight training center at that time. In Mt. Vernon he was employed as a machinist until he retired from Sigmund Cohn. He also worked part time for many years as a bartender at Alex and Henry’s events where he endeared himself to all and would entertain everyone when he stepped out on the dance floor.

Tabby was a dedicated family man, a loving father and provider. He brought fun and laughter wherever he went. He enjoyed bowling, was an amazing whistler, and played the accordion and piano by ear; he loved taking long walks, cherished time spent with family and friends, and watching Westerns movies and shows on TV.

Tabby is survived by his daughters Sandra Tabacchini of West Hills, CA, and Suzanne Rohde-Moe of Sonora, CA; his son Ronald Tabacchini of Oviedo, FL, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Silvio Tabacchini of Macomb, MI and his sisters, Diana Marshall of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and Norma Tiso of Mount Juliet, TN. He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie, his son, Frank of Stamford, CT, his brother, Abel Rossi of Ste. Clair Shores, MI and sister Anita Sampson of Sunrise City, FL.

Friends and family who wish to pay their respects and celebrate Tabby’s life may do so at the WESTCHESTER FUNERAL HOME (190 Main Street, Eastchester, NY) on Friday, January 25, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

A Christian Burial service will be on Saturday, January 26 at 9:45 AM at St. Peter and Paul/St. Ursula Church, 129 E. Birch Street, Mt. Vernon. Immediately following will be an observance at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne.

All are welcome to attend. Flowers may be sent to Westchester Funeral Home and/or donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Tabby was an optimistic, wise, fun-loving, outgoing person who especially enjoyed music and dancing. His memory and love will always be in our hearts.

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  • Visitation

    January 25th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Westchester Funeral Home, Inc.
    190 Main Street
    Eastchester, NY
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    January 25th, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    January 26th, 2019 | 9:45am
    Sts. Peter and Paul Church
    129 E. Birch Street
    Mt. Vernon, NY
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    January 26th, 2019
  • Interment

    Gate of Heaven
    10 West Stevens Avenue
    Hawthorne, New York
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Comment | Posted at 09:56am via Condolence

Suzanne Rohde-Moe


Idio Francis Tabacchini, Tabby, son, brother, father, dad, grandfather, friend – whichever one of these he was to you – he never met a stranger. Always quick to smile and welcome you into his world.

If you know this man, you know he had to be a rascal as a child. My siblings and I only saw a few pictures of him as a child and mainly dressed as a girl with very long banana curls. His parents owned a theater and wanted to get him into movies. Just this week a cousin from Michigan sent us a picture of him at around 8 years old and the grin on his face said it all!

From an early age my father had a solid work ethic by example and through experience. His father owned grocery stores before the depression. As a child he helped his father shop at the wholesale market each morning to buy fresh produce. At times my dad would walk up and down the streets of Detroit selling goods from a wagon. From what I hear his father had a big heart, giving customers food on credit. My dad grew up with generosity and a compassionate heart as a daily example.

Sadly his father passed from cancer while my dad was in high school. My father made the choice to quit high school to help support his mother and 5 siblings. The work ethic that started as a child solidified further. One thing I very much admire about my dad is his dedication to providing for our family as we grew up.

In addition to his full-time job he worked as a bartender for weddings and other celebrations at Alex & Henry’s. It was a perfect fit for this outgoing and social man who connected with people right away. And once you ordered a drink he remembered it the rest of the night having it ready by the time you got to the bar.

I’m sure everyone here also knows his love of dancing. When I was in high school he and my mom took dancing lessons. They’d come home and we’d all practice the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Charleston, you name it! At the events he bartended he invariably would grab some unsuspecting female and go to town with her on the dance floor to everyone’s delight! He was forever branded the “dancing bartender”.

He and our mom provided a secure and fun childhood. We took lots of vacations to the shores in MD and NJ, and went often to the Detroit area to visit his family. There’s an abundance of great memories starting back then.

As an adult I grew to admire his solid example of love, kindness, humor and wisdom. After my mother passed it was an easy transition to have this one dedicated parent to carry it all now and he did it seamlessly. My admiration for his love, kindness, generosity, wisdom and humor grew and will continue to do so to the future.

He involved himself in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives with open arms anytime we were together – any birthday, holiday, anytime. And when it was his turn for recognition from those he loved he took it with the utmost humility mixed with joy. He was always a pleasure to give to.

Fun facts about this man: he loved chocolate and it had to be dark. Once I accidentally sent milk chocolate he said, “What do I want this for?” He had a stubborn streak.

When we would leave lights on around the house he always said, “What do I have? Stock in ConEd?”

In these last years, every morning he went out to get his newspaper and greeted the neighbors. He’d then come in to read Beetle Baily and have his English muffin with butter and garlic powder.

Every afternoon he’d start watching his Westerns precisely at 4 PM each day until he went to bed. At 8 PM he’d have his ½ glass of milk with a devil dog, yodel or chocolate donut.

He would tell me, “Don’t try, just do it.”

Even in these last 2 months he held onto that attitude with all his will. Countless times I would have to bother him and wake him up for his medicine. After he rolled his eyes at me he would overcome any discomfort to do what it took to get better. Despite these struggles, his cheer, humor, and love for others always stayed with him. When Sandra, my nephew, Jake, and I were ready to sit down for Christmas dinner, my dad called out asking where everyone was. He asked us all to eat in his room so we could all be together. It was one of the rare times he ate and we were encouraged. No matter what, he always loved to be loved and loved to share love.

Albert Einstein said that energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only change from one form to another. So did my dad really ‘die’ or did his spirit/soul move to another form free of physical limitation where he’s with us always and having a great time with all those who have gone before him?

The sparkle in his eyes and joy of life was there even at 96½. Until 2 months ago, with the help of, Steve, he was able to overcome any small set back in his health so his decline was a surprise to us all. He is a bright light of love and joy touching everyone he encountered and we are all blessed.

I know my dad would say, “God bless and so long for now.”
Comment | Posted at 09:49am via Condolence

Suzanne Rohde-Moe

I remember very well some special moments that included Uncle Tabby ... and my Dad was so excited when he flew to NYC for a special birthday party. He grew his mustache so long that he had handlebars, and Frankie drove Dad to the top of the street. Your Dad laughed hysterically when he figured the old man walking down the hill towards him was Abel. Dad loved that day. My daughter Lauren was especially fond of Idio, too. When she and her husband stayed at the house while visiting NYC several years ago, she gave Idio her cell phone number just in case of emergency. Her phone rang while on the train to the city, and it was Uncle Idio checking to see if she gave him the right number. It tickled her pink! And at Michelle’s wedding (that is my brother Dennis’ daughter, Uncle Idio danced non-stop with cousin David’s wife Cathy.He had energy that wouldn’t stop, right?
Happy, kind, musical and grateful. That is what I think of Uncle Idio
Please extend my sympathy to Sandra and Ronnie. May Frankie Rest In Peace. They are together now.
With Love, 💕 Linda Rossi
Comment | Posted at 04:28am via Condolence

Suzanne Rohde-Moe

This is an email I received from my cousin Linda. Abel was my father's older brother.
Posted at 04:29am

Jay Advincula-Roye

My deep condolences, my friend.
Comment | Posted at 05:30am via Condolence

Y. Munoz

Please know that God is paying close attention to you in these times of distress. He is "close to the brokenhearted, He saves those who are discouraged." May the God of all comfort provide relief in the promise of seeing your loved one again found at Acts 24 verse 15.
Comment | Posted at 01:31pm via Condolence

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