Michael J. Sabato

Sabato, Sr.

Michael J.



On December 25, 2017 of Berlin, NJ.  Age 88 years.  Beloved husband of Gloria (nee Fazio) of 67 years. Devoted father of Mary L. Sabato, Michael J. Sabato, Jr. (Debra), Richard Sabato (Fury), Christine Blatherwick (Stephen), Gloria Jean Sabato, Angela R. Sabato, and Steven J. Sabato (Angela). Proud grandfather of Rita, Shauna, Kristin, Kayla, Andrea, Michael, Rachel, Giovanni, Katrina, Steven, Frank and Vincent. Great grandfather of Austin, Britt, Owen, Patric, Gabriel, Raiston, Tadhg, Victoria, Zoey, Shelby, Natalie, Rayna, Victor, Matteo, Charlotte and Patton.  Mike was a hardworking loving husband, devoted father, cherished grandfather and great grandfather.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Thursday evening 7:00PM-9:00PM and Friday morning 8:30-9:30AM at the COSTANTINO FUNERAL HOME 231 W. WHITE HORSE PIKE BERLIN, NJ 08009. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00AM at Mater Ecclesiae Mission 261 Cross Keys Rd. Berlin, NJ.  Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery Berlin. For additional information or to email condolences: CostantinoFH.com.



Michael Joseph Sabato, Sr. (b. 1929 – d. 2017) was born in Philadelphia, PA, attended

South Philadelphia High School, later moving on to play semi-pro football with “Emanon” until 1955. 


Michael married Gloria Fazio in 1950.  Their 67-year collaboration resulted in their 7 children,

12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and counting.  Mike and Gloria raised their family

in Berlin, NJ where Mike owned a Flying A gas station for a few years, earned his private pilot's license, served for thirty years on the Borough Planning Board and ran his own insurance and tax business

until 2007.


Michael Sr.'s unwavering love of family and community was always informed by his unwavering belief in God.  Mike Sabato's grounded sense of right and wrong made him, at times, a contentious adversary, but always a steadfast friend. 


His family and friends will miss the master of wisdom laced one-liners.  His children especially will miss the man who taught them to play chess, choose good cars, good bourbon and good spouses

(not especially in that order).  When they did not heed, he was nonetheless always there to help them keep their lives together -  never saying "I told you so".  If God is half the father to Mike as Mike was

to his own children, then Michael Sr. rests today and always in God's good company.