Published in the November 27, 2015 edition

Margaret-Sacco-obit-webDANVERS — Margaret (Picarello) Sacco, 100, a longtime resident of Saugus, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Margaret was born in Boston on May 12, 1915 and was one of six children of the late Andrew and Maria (Marciano) Picarello. She was raised and educated in East Boston and married Alexander Sacco on Sept. 4, 1938. After settling in Medford, Margaret stayed at home and committed herself to raising her children. She was a natural, dedicated homemaker who provided a steady, strong presence for her children.

Margaret kept her faith close to her heart throughout her life. While living in Saugus for 30 years, she was a faithful parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Church. A child of the depression, Margaret learned early on the value of budgeting. In her younger years, she enjoyed saving money for nights out with her sisters bowling, playing bingo or special trips to the Boston nightclub, Blinstrub’s. Margaret and Alexander had a love for travel and enjoyed trips to Florida, cruises in the Caribbean and revisiting their heritage in Italy. She also enjoyed reading, knitting, crochet and going to the movies.

More recently in her 90s, she was adventurous enough to ride a helicopter with her son in Alaska. She loved entertaining her grandchildren with old family stories and enjoyed watching them grow and develop. Margaret took particular delight in reaching her 100th birthday and found such joy in celebrating the occasion with her entire family. Above all else, Margaret’s care and stability for her family were paramount. She will be lovingly remembered and her memory will live on in the hearts of her family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alexander Sacco, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Thomas A. Sacco Sr. and his wife Marcia of Stoneham, Bernard P. Sacco of Salem and Mary Ann Andree and her husband Craig of Peabody. She was the dear sister of the late Anthony Picarello, Bernard Picarello, Lena Bruno, Virginia Magistro and Diamond Dorion. She was the cherished grandmother of Jennifer Smith of Melrose, Thomas A. Sacco Jr. of Saugus, Jason Andree of Peabody and Jeffrey Andree of Salem. She was the loving great-grandmother of Olivia Smith, Katelyn Smith, Carly Ann Sacco and Tess Margaret Andree. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends gathered in honor of Margaret’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Monday, Nov. 23 and again on Tuesday, Nov. 24 before leaving in procession to Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus, where her funeral Mass was celebrated. Interment took place in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Gifts in Margaret’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701. For directions or online tribute, visit