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Celestino "Tony" Lopez Abrego II

A memorial service for Celestino “Tony” Lopez Abrego II, Albert Lea will be held at Bayview Funeral Home in Albert Lea MN, Friday February 15th at 3:00 p.m., with visitation beginning one hour prior at 2:00 p.m. Father Kurt Farrell will officiate.  Military honors will be accorded by local veterans’ organizations.  Condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com. 


Tony, the eldest son of 15 children of Celestino and Rosie Abrego, was born June 9, 1930, in Brush Creek, MN.  On Saturday February 9, 2019, Tony peacefully passed away at his home. He was 88. It was Tony’s wish to stay in his home, surrounded by cherished memories, until it was his time to be reunited in heaven with his beloved wife, Sarah.  Raised next door to each other, Tony and Sarah Garcia grew their love as friends and neighbors, before uniting in marriage on June 21, 1952. If asked, they would say their greatest blessings in life were their 8 children: Rachel, Victor, Delra, Celeste, Vickie, Tony III, John, and Daphney. 


A veteran of the U.S. Army, Tony was a hard working and determined man. Throughout his life, Tony worked several jobs, often more than one at a time, to support his family. A loving husband and father, he was dedicated to making sure he was able to take the whole family on annual summer vacations. It was truly one of his greatest joys.  Tony was also a quietly humble man; it came naturally to him to go out of his way to be kind to others. Tony’s greatest moments in life were time spent with his family. After his treasured Sarah’s passing, he made it a point to continue her tradition of filling their home with all of their children and grandchildren during the holidays. Tony, and his dear friend and cherished dog, Wally, were always most happy when family came to visit.  


Tony will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, but especially so by his children, who not only loved him, but also truly admired and respected him: Rachel Rainville of Sun Lakes, AZ, Victor Abrego of Austin, MN, Tony Abrego and his wife Theresa of Mankato MN, Delra Briones, Celeste and her husband Jimmy Seitz, Vickie and her husband Brad Edwin, John Abrego and his wife Jackie, and Daphney and her husband Matt Maras, all of Albert Lea, as well as 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Brothers, Pat Abrego of Albert Lea, David Abrego of Glen Rose, TX.  Sisters, Millie Abrego of Albert Lea, Francis Wilborn and Rosie Sanchez of Glen Rose, TX, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives who loved and adored him.  


Of special note is Tony and Sarah’s good friend and neighbor of many years, Barb Sorum. Barb was the kind of neighbor who always had time to stop and chat when Tony walked Wally, a smile to give when sharing stories about family, and baked goods to soothe Tony’s sweet tooth. Barb compassionately helped with Sarah’s care when she was ill, and continued to look in on Tony at times when family could not. Barb shared the Abrego’s love of dogs and has now graciously adopted Tony’s sweet Wally, into her family of pets.  


Tony’s wife Sarah, in 2005, parents, grandchildren Kimberly Jensen, Jerome Abrego, Derek Abrego, Mason Abrego, five brothers, three sisters, and son-in-law Dean Briones preceded Tony in death. 


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We will miss seeing Tony in the neighborhood. He always stopped to chat when he walked by. Awhile back we landscaped our yard and Tony gave us a beautiful wood piece to put in it. He told us friends of theirs' had brought it back from New York as a gift for them a long time ago. We will remember him everytime we see it.

Steve and Annette Seberson Feb 16 2019 12:00 AM

I remember Tony from when we both worked at Naeve Hospital. Loved his sweet smile and pleasant, quiet demeanor. The world now has one less decent person it it.

Wendy Hagen Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM

Uncle Tony a Genuine Stand Up Man. It was always a delight to visit you in the summers as a child. I'm even more blessed as an adult to have been able to meet you for morning coffee these past few summers. I Love You Uncle Tony. I know you and Aunt Sarah are once again re-united in Heaven. You did wonderfully raising your family. Go now and rest in your new home. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten. May God Rest Your Soul

Carlos & Dee Ann (Dee Dee Abrego) Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Tonys passing. We will miss his smile and friendly greetings while walking with his dog around our neighborhood. Heartfelt sympathy and prayers for you all.

Debbie And Larry Sorenson Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy and prayers to the entire Abrego family.

Pat and Bruce Palmer Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Robin and Joe Helgerson Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

My childhood is filled with memories of Tony and the Abrego family. Especially, my best childhood friend Daphney! Your house was always a place of comfort to me. Thinking of all of you! With deepest sympathy!

Dianne Kemp Feb 14 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Celestino "Tony" Abrego II

Kevin and Tami Weitzel Feb 13 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Celestino "Tony" Abrego II

Randy & June Goodnature Feb 13 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of the loss of Tony. I worked with him at Naeve Hospital and he was such a sweet and kind person, And always talked of his wife and children with love in his eyes.

Chris (Dagestad) Skramstad Feb 13 2019 12:00 AM

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