Louis “Louie” A. Sbabo, 88, of Granite City, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Granite Nursing and Rehab Center.
He was born on July 13, 1926, in St. James, Mo., a son to the late John and Rose Sbabo.
Louie was a United States Army Veteran who proudly served his country from April 22, 1946, until April 19, 1947. On March 5, 1948, Louie married Dorothy Lowe, the love of his life. He was a faithful and active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison. Louie had retired from Laclede Steel in Granite City after 33 years of dedicated service as a craneman. He enjoyed polka dancing and having his morning coffee with his friends at Hardee’s. Louie was very particular about his cars; he was known for keeping his black Ford spotless. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Louie loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, Louie was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers-in-law, LeaNilda and Robert Funk, Ann and Jim Hession, Minne and Harold Rutherford and Marie and Fred Neuf.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Dorothy Sbabo; loving son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Toni Sbabo, all of Granite City; proud grandfather to Erica (Matt) Harper of St. Jacob; dear great-grandchildren, Mallory and Abigail Harper; sister, Catherine (Robert) Taibl of Plainfield; brother, Mike (Jane) Sbabo of St. James, Mo.; and extended family and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City.
In celebration of his life, a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Madison, with Father Manny Cuzion officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon.
Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Southern Illinois or St. Mary Catholic Church and will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.