Christopher Abene

Born: Sunday, April 28, 1963
Passed: Thursday, February 15, 2018


Christopher "Chris" Abene, 54, of Rockford, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 in his home. Born on April 28, 1963, in Rockford, the son of Anthony and Carole (Petroski) Abene. He attended West High School. Chris is a United States Army veteran. He had a degree in Horticulture. Chris worked at Southern Imperial for the last 5 years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed reading, music, cooking and golfing. Chris was meticulous and organized and it was evident in many facets of his life, especially in his interior design and painting business he owned for many years with his best friend Doug Frye.
Survived by his children, Antonia Abene, Christopher Michael (Christina) Jimenez, Joseph Abene and Vito Abene; mother of his children, Victoria (Hank) Melton; grandchildren, Evangelina, Sicilia, Emiliana, Gianni, Giuliano, and Gia; father, Anthony; sister, Constance; and his beloved dog, Shadow. Predeceased by his mother, Carole; and his nana, Carrie Abene.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Olson Funeral North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St., Rockford with Pastor Dan Herman of Old Stone Church of Rockton. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. prior services in the chapel. Memorials can be made to the family.

Condolences & Shared Memories (17)

  1. Jackie DalSanto Vernia

    Tony, Connie and family, So sad to hear of Chris' passing. He has always been in my heart. My prayers are with him and all of you....

  2. Cheryl and Rey Macias

    Dear Tony, Connie, Vicky, Tonia, Michael, Joey, and All Family, Our Deepest and Heartfelt Sympathy at this sad time. Chris was an awesome guy who left us too soon. Hugs & Prayers

  3. Monique

    I'm so sorry for the loss that your family is experiencing at this time. When we have someone we love the pain of them not being with us seems unbearable, may this scripture at Isaiah 25:8 not only prove to be a start of comfort but also this reference.

  4. John Gonzalez

    My condolences and prayers for all his loved ones.

  5. Antonio Cadena

    My Compadre Chris may have gone ahead of us a bit but I know we will catch up with him when our time comes, he was a good man and will be missed

  6. Frank Carmona Jr.

    Praying for Abene family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Chas McLaughlin

    So sorry for your loss-I knew Chris from Southern Imperial--I considered him a good friend.

  8. Ellen and Jeff Boase

    Sending prayers to the families. Hugs.

  9. Peggy jass

    I am so sorry for your lost,I am sending out prayers🙏any my condolences for all your family ❤️ðŸ'‹

  10. Vic Carmona

    You were always a friend of the Carmona's.Your gonna be missed down here , but your with GOD now.

  11. Hank Melton

    Godspeed Brother. The world is a lil Sadder place and Heaven a lil Brighter today. Hug Carol for me my friend. RIP.

  12. Albert Armato

    I am sending my prayers and condolences to all of the family I am very sorry for your loss

  13. Star and George Bertone

    Tony and family: We are so sorry to see your son's obituary....our hearts are heavy for you. Our prayers will go up for you all. May God give you HIS peace that passes all understanding at this very difficult time. I didn't know your son...he looks just like you did when we were at Lewis Machine so many years ago. God bless each of you as you remember Chris.

  14. Renee Tartaglia

    Oh Chris, My heart is breaking for your family. When we were little, you always watched out for me. I remember coming over to your house and you and your dad taught me how to swim. We were always at your house. Our parents were great friends, and we were too. You never forget those kind of memories. I hope and I pray that you have found peace. Heaven is your safe place now. Be free my friend, I love you.

  15. Marie Sickele Lahti

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this terrible time.

  16. MaryLouise, Gaziano & family

    Dear Tony, Connie and Family, You have our sincere condolences for your terrible loss. Praying that your happy memories of Chris will comfort you in the days ahead.

  17. Doug Frye

    Love you brother you'll always have a place in my heart.. until we meet again..