We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our beautiful, loving mother, grandmother, and wife, Doreen Patricia (McNamee) Sacco, who died peacefully surrounded by her husband and children.
Doreen was born to Owen and Harriette McNamee on January 9, 1938 in Brattleboro, VT. She grew up loving sports, especially her beloved (and aggravating) Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, Notre Dame and Duke. Doreen graduated from St. Michael High School in 1955 and attended UVM, Katharine Gibbs in Boston and Catholic University in Washington, DC. While in college, Doreen was nominated for and won the Miss Vermont title, going on to be crowned Miss New England, and then onto the Miss Universe Pageant, where the contestants had a cameo in the Elvis Presley film, Girls! Girls! Girls!
Doreen went on to work for the FBI in DC working at the Most Wanted Division. She came back to Vermont and worked at Dartmouth College where she met her husband, Jim. The couple eventually made their home in Auburn, MA in 1969 where, they raised their 6 children. She spent time in the 80’s as a sports writer for the Auburn News and as a CCD secretary for North American Martyrs Church. Then in 1987, she continued her career in law enforcement with US Federal Probation and Parole in Worcester, retiring in 2015 as Chief Clerk. Doreen was extremely compassionate and gracious, and volunteered with fundraising for many charitable organizations over the years including St. Jude’s, American Heart Association, and Juvenile Diabetes.
Doreen’s greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren. She was always front and center at every ballgame, play and concert. You could always hear her cheering or yelling for her kids, grandkids and yes, even the Red Sox. She spent summers at Rye, NH and many enjoyable times with her family at her home in Vermont. She loved family traditions, especially holidays and birthdays, and always made them special and meaningful. She loved to laugh and sincerely loved life, playing board and arcade games, reading, walking the beach, riding the waves, bocce, croquet, and any (well most) sports!
She is survived by those she loved most: her husband of 55 years, James Sacco, her daughters Michelle and Melinda, her sons Jim, Tony, Mike and Phil, her son-in-law, Joe Barbour, daughter-in-law, Julie, and her 4 grandsons Christopher, Devin, Ryan, and Joshua. Her loss is immeasurable and she will be deeply missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Doreen’s family on Tuesday July 11, 2017 from 4-7 pm in the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday July 12, 2017 with a funeral Mass Celebrated at 10:00 am in North American Martyr’s Church, 8 Wyoma Dr. Auburn. Burial will be in the family lot in Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Doreen’s name to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave, Waltham, MA 02451.