Mario Emmanuel Abbott, age 43 years of Baroda, Michigan died Tuesday evening, November 14, 2017 at Lakeland Medical Center in Saint Joseph, Michigan of injuries from a motor vehicle accident. Mario had chosen to enhance and extend the lives of others through tissue donation, and his family fulfilled that wish.
He was born on June 1, 1974 in Saint Joseph, Michigan to Anthony and Linda (Warren) Abbott. In 1993, he graduated from Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, Michigan, the year that he and his teammates went to the state championship for the first time in many years. He always had a passion for cooking, which led him into becoming an entrepreneur and chef. He was well-known for his restaurant, Passero’s Pizzeria, which he and his wife owned and operated from 2011 until 2014. He was just weeks away from opening its successor, “Passero’s Too” in Baroda.
Mario was a founding member of the True Vine Community Church in Baroda, where he volunteered in several areas. He also enjoyed helping neighbors with yard and maintenance chores in the same manner that he used his restaurant to provide support and fundraisers for special needs in his community.
On July 23, 2010 in Stevensville he married Melanie Kruger who survives. Also surviving are a son, M.J. Abbott of Portage, Michigan and daughters Courtney and Ellery Kruger, both of Baroda; Mario’s parents, Tony & Linda Abbott of Benton Harbor, Michigan, and his sister, Cristina (& Damon) Mitchell of Mexico.
The funeral service for Mario Abbott will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Road, Bridgman, Michigan with Pastor Shawn J. Ginger of True Vine Community Church officiating. A time of visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Committal will be at the Ruggles Cemetery in Baroda, following services.
Arrangements were made at the Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home in Niles, Michigan. Online condolences may be left at: