Gene Dominic Fabbri


September 22, 2022

BESSEMER, Mich. - Gene Dominic Fabbri, 82, a longtime resident of Anvil Location, Bessemer, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.

Gene was born on Aug. 30, 1940, in Euccica-Suarella, Corsica, France, a son of Gino and Leonilda (Ciabattari) Fabbri. He moved with his family to Ironwood in 1949. Gene attended St. Ambrose Catholic School and graduated in 1958. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Gene worked at American Motors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and then moved back to the Ironwood area, and started working at White Pine Copper Mine.

On Dec. 28, 1963, Gene married the love of his life, Angeline Rose Favero, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ramsay by the Rev. Louis C. Cappo. They were blessed with five children.

Gene was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, son, a devoted grandfather and great-grandfather, who enjoyed most of all spending time with his family and friends, and loved them unconditionally. He had a giving heart and would help anyone who was in need without expecting anything in return.

Gene was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wakefield, a lifelong member of Christ the King Parish and during his childhood was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Ironwood.

Gene was a hard-working, smart, funny, type of guy who would sit and talk your ear off for hours, if you had the time to visit. He was an extremely skilled welder and mechanic.

Gene is survived by his five loving children, Scott Fabbri, Todd (Cindy) Fabbri, Jamie (April) Fabbri, Dean (Kelly) Fabbri and Michele (Tom) Fabbri-Kessler; 11 grandchildren, Kassy Fabbri (Ezra), Vini Fabbri, Deidra Fabbri (Alex), Cindy Holtz (Andy), Paul Swanson (Anne), Dominic Fabbri (Bridgette), Anthony Fabbri, Corey Fabbri, Brittany Schwartz (Jesse), Hailee Kessler-Lappen and Jonnie Miller (Jeremy); eight great-grandchildren, Mia Suttner, Lily Suttner, Belle Swanson, Arianna Fabbri, Callie Jo Fabbri, Ahlia Fabbri, Elouise Fabbri and Nathan Miller; a sister, Brunetta Johnson and her son, Mark (Erin) Fabbri, and their son, Sterling; a brother, John Fabbri, and his children, Keith Fabbri, Kirk Fabbri and Danielle (Nate) Fry; his sister-in-law, Roseann (Dennis) Govednik; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gene was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Angie, on July 19, 2017; numerous aunts and uncles; his grandparents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Peter and Mary Favero; and his sister-in-law, MaryLee Favero.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 407 Ascherman St., in Wakefield, with the Rev. Dominic Agyapong, celebrant. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Rite of Committal will take place on Friday, at 1:30 p.m., at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer, where full military rites will be accorded by the Bessemer American Legion Post 27 and the Bessemer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3673 Honor Guard, assisted by the U.S. Navy Honors Team.

Interment will follow.

Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield, is assisting the family with their arrangements. To send online condolences please go to


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