John Etienne Abadie


Mr. John Etienne Abadie, age 78, of Brandenburg, KY, died on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Heartsong Memory Care in Louisville, KY.

John was born March 14, 1943, in d’Aubagne, France.  He married Jacqueline and moved to Brandenburg in the late 1960’s, working with his father-in-law, Milton Bromberg, as a lab technician at Olin Chemical Plant until he retired in 2005.  John was a contributing member of the Brandenburg community.  He, along with several others, helped start the Meade County youth soccer program in 1981.  He served on the Brandenburg City Council from 1986-1996 and then went on to serve with the Meade County Fire District Board for almost 20 years.  He was a longtime parishioner of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Abadie, Henrietta Valentin and Seraphin Riminucci; younger brother, Patrice Abadie; and his wife of 37 years, Jacqueline Bromberg Abadie.

John is survived by three children, Nancy Zaehringer (Matt), of Elizabethtown, Jason Abadie (Jerry Cummins), of Louisville, and Rachel Sermonis (Derrick) of Brandenburg; nine grandchildren, Devin Abadie, Amber Zaehringer, Jasmine Zaehringer, Ethan Zaehringer, Gabriella Zaehringer, Owen Sermonis, Eli Sermonis, John “Maverick” Sermonis and Prescott Cummins; his brother, Michel Riminucci; and his special friend, Virginia Ashby.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 18, 2021, at the chapel of the Hager Funeral Home, with Father Toan Do officiating.  Burial will follow in East Lawn Cemetery.  Vigil Services will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday at the funeral home.  Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Thursday, and from 9:00 AM until the time of service on Friday.  Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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