Mark Joseph Abate

Mark Joseph Abate

Mark Joseph Abate
October 13, 1959 – June 20, 2017

YOUNGSVILLE – Mark Joseph Abate, 57, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday at home with his family surrounding him.  He was born in Washington County, PA, to the late  Joseph & Irene Filipponi Abate.  Mark was a Christian, husband and father with these being the most important parts of his life and what made him who he was  He graduated from Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, PA, where he met and married his wife of 30 years.  Mark was smart, funny, and had a determined will.  He always believed in hard work. He was a master stone & brick mason who was truly creative and artistic.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Rebecca “Becky” Borland Abate, children, Giuliana, Marcella, & Domenic Abate, all of the home, sister, Karen Anderson (Richard) of Burgettstown, PA, father& mother-in-law Reverend Bob & Margie Borland.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund.

Memorial service 4 pm, Friday, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wendell, NC with visitation from 2-4 pm, prior to the service.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Jean Brietzke Posted June 21, 2017 6:06 pm

    Mark left a beautiful legacy with you, the gift of family. I know you all meant the world to this amazing guy.
    May God help you through this time and may you find comfort in his love.

  • Sandy Perrott Posted June 21, 2017 6:53 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of Love and Prayers!

  • Jim Holmes Posted June 21, 2017 7:06 pm

    The best of the best ! Mark will always be in my heart. A great man and teacher to us all. God Bless Becky and their wonderful children Giuli, Marcella and Nick.

  • Dan Cottier Posted June 21, 2017 11:01 pm

    Mark was a great guy, a great dad, and a pleasure to be around. Many good memories made with him. He will be sorely missed. Abate family, be strong for Mark, if you need anything at all, let me know!

  • Calvin Holloway Posted June 22, 2017 3:17 am

    My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you at this time. May God comfort you.

  • John Sonnenfeld Posted June 22, 2017 8:46 am

    Dear Becky and family… I am so very sorry to learn of your loss of Mark.

    Fortunately, death is only a temporary part of life. Jesus promised us a wonderful resurrection of the dead (John 5:28,29/1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14), so we have the hope of being reunited with our deceased loved ones. In the meantime, even though the pain of loss through death may sometimes seem insurmountable, rest assured that God will give you the strength necessary to endure the coming months (Psalm 46:1).

  • Michael and Shelly Meadows Posted June 22, 2017 11:46 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with this dear family during the loss of Mark. We have lost a remarkable man but heaven has gained a precious soul.

  • Donna Milton, Marietta, GA Posted June 22, 2017 11:56 am

    I wish you courage, and the grace of God through these early days. Love to all of you!

  • Betty No Mermon Posted June 22, 2017 12:14 pm

    Words cannot express how this saddens me. I watched him grow up. Now he is gone. My deepest sympathies

  • Rodney Holloman Posted June 22, 2017 7:07 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to Becky and family from co worker may your husband rest in peace.

  • Richard and Rhonda Ovonnell Posted June 22, 2017 9:07 pm

    Sending deepest heartfelt sympathy, It was a pleasure meeting Mark and enjoying his company if only for a short time.

  • Jeff Zollars Posted June 22, 2017 10:35 pm

    Becky and family, I am so very sorry. Please accept a heartfelt virtual hug of support from Pennsylvania.

  • Tanya Faulkner Posted June 22, 2017 10:42 pm

    We have always enjoyed spending time with you and your amazing family. May God give you the strength and wrap his arms around you while you celebrate his memory and mourn his lost. Mark always had me rolling for sure. Love you guys! Matt 5:4

  • Sue-Ellen Schatzer Posted June 23, 2017 1:17 am

    It saddens me to see our ZE family shrinking. The bond from our time with each other in that house has stood the test of time as shown by the number of us who are still friends. Mark was a great part of that bond and will be missed.

    My deepest condolences to all of you who have lost a husband, father, brother, son. My your memories soon turn from grief to the warmth of internal love.

  • Steven Short Posted June 23, 2017 6:53 am

    I cannot express adequately how fortunate I feel to have known Mark for a short time as a colleague. A great and caring man who was one of the hardest and most dedicated workers I have ever met. I am so saddened, I will miss him. My heart and prayers go out to you, his family, in this time of sorrow. May God hold you close in his arms and comfort you until again, your are joined together in Heaven for Eternity in the Lord’s House. God Bless You.

  • Susan Fox Calcek Posted June 23, 2017 6:58 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you.

  • Joy Newhouse Posted June 23, 2017 9:48 am

    Becky thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Mark left such a legacy with his beautiful family and the mason work he did. Prayers for peace, understanding and comfort .

  • Lawre L Johnson Posted June 23, 2017 7:22 pm

    Giuliana, Marcella, and Nick:
    So sorry for your loss. Sending you hugs and prayers.
    Mrs. Johnson
    ZES Physical Education Teacher

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