Annette Amabile

Annette M. "Debbie" Amabile

1939 - 2022

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Annette “Debbie” Amabile was born on June 1st, 1939, to Chester Drabinski and Sophie Pieniaszek in Buffalo, New York. She was married to her late husband, Thomas, for 45 years. Although Thomas passed in 2004, Debbie never stopped loving him. Together, they had five beautiful children: Pamela, Mickey, Renee, Tom, and Karen. They had eight equally beautiful grandchildren: Kelly, John, Dan, Rachel, Tommy, Charlie, Kevin and Kyle; and are also survived by three wonderful great-grandchildren: MacKenzie, John and Blair. Not only was she an amazing wife, mother and grandmother, but she was an equally incredible sister, aunt and friend. Debbie was quick to put family first and others before her. She was even known as one of the neighborhood “go-to” moms. Debbie helped to shape and mold so many into the people they are today. Debbie was a kind, classy and hardworking woman who worked two jobs to ensure that her family and loved ones were always taken care of. She loved all people and especially loved helping people. As such, Debbie spent long hours, up all night studying - after already putting in a long, hard day’s work - to obtain her nursing degree. Debbie expertly juggled her roles of being a devoted nurse and nurturing mother all while maintaining the impossible balance with an upbeat attitude. To her, nursing was more than just a job; it was her life’s mission and she dedicated her life to being the best nurse she could be. She lived a life of love and a life that mattered to so many during the 60 years that she spent working in the nursing field. She embraced the challenge of pleasing everybody with resolute optimism. Debbie shared her heart of gold and her infectious smile with everyone she met. Connecting with others, living life to its fullest and having fun was of the utmost importance to Debbie. This is evidenced by the substantial social circle that she kept. Her calendar was always full and she never wasted a single day. Debbie belonged to a travel club, diners club, card club and widowers club. She regularly went on bus tours, she loved attending all kinds of shows and plays, she enjoyed going to the casino and to Bingo. Debbie equally adored her time spent going camping and having bonfires with her family. Attending family picnics as well as spending holidays and special occasions together was always top priority for Debbie. Because she always enjoyed a good time, she became the family game commissioner. She even ensured that there were always prizes for everyone. Debbie truly enjoyed any opportunity she had to play a practical joke on an unsuspecting or even a suspecting “victim.” She was the “picture queen.” There were always countless photos from every event hanging in her house and she always ensured that everyone received copies. It will not be hard for anyone who met Debbie to find peace in remembering all the special times spent together. Debbie was hardly a chef, but her house was forever filled with the family’s favorite foods, drinks, snacks and candies. At Christmas, she always gathered a select group of family and friends to assist in making her mother-in-law, Helen Sasiadek’s famous lasagna, meatballs and sauce. In keeping with her need to care for others and put others first, she always ensured that there were “leftovers” for everyone and she personally made the effort to deliver them. Annette “Debbie” Amabile was a caring, compassionate, wonderful woman whose pride in her family was so very evident. She brought a light to this world that was hard to miss. Debbie was a special, sweet woman whose personality and light will live on through those who knew and loved her and whose warm memories will blanket us with comfort. She was a fighter who never complained about the hand dealt to her. Debbie battled until the very end, always surrounded by loved ones. If love could have cured her, she would have lived forever. If there were one piece of advice that Debbie could leave us with, it would be to “Live, Laugh, and to Love.” Amabile, Annette “Debbie” peacefully passed January 21, 2022, with her family at her side. Beloved wife of the late Thomas A. Amabile; devoted and beloved mother of Pamela Amabile, Mickey (Bill) Errington, Renee (Mike Hatten) Amabile, Thomas Amabile Jr., and Karen Hamilton; cherished grandmother of Kelly, John, Daniel, Rachel, Tom, Charlie, Kevin, and Kyle and great-grandmother of MacKenzie, John, and Blair; also survived by many dear family and friends. Friends may visit Tuesday, January 25th from 3-7PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 26th at 9:30 AM at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227. For online condolences and donations, please visit
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Visiting Hours

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 am
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
St. Mary of the Lake Church
4737 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, New York, United States