Jacqueline Rich Sauro, 79, school nurse

Jacqueline R. Sauro
Jacqueline R. Sauro
Posted: November 18, 2010

Jacqueline Rich Sauro, 79, of Moorestown, a longtime nurse at Cherry Hill High School East whose easygoing personality made her a favorite chaperone for class trips, died of lung cancer Friday, Nov. 12, at her home.

Mrs. Sauro took her school nurse's job "to an entirely different level," said former Cherry Hill East principal James Gallagher, now the district's assistant superintendent.

"She was a surrogate mother to a lot of the kids," he said.

Students were often in her office seeking advice on more than just health, he said.

In addition to being the school nurse and a health teacher, Mrs. Sauro traveled all over the world with the school's music ensemble and often chaperoned senior-class trips.

She was the scorekeeper for the school's basketball team for many years and could be found at almost all of the school's sporting events, plays, and musical performances.

"She made Cherry Hill East her second home," Gallagher said.

After 25 years at the school, Mrs. Sauro retired in 1994.

She was born and raised in Mount Carmel, Pa., and graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1948.

She received her nursing degree from Temple University in 1951 and worked as a visiting nurse in Moorestown for a few years. She married John Sauro, whom she had met at Temple, in 1951.

From 1956 to 1965, Mrs. Sauro worked at Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, eventually becoming head nurse in the emergency room.

She started working at Cherry Hill East in the late 1960s.

Also in the late 1960s, she became a charter member of the Moorestown Youth Baseball Federation. She coached for the federation for about three years and served as secretary for about 20 years, her family said.

She was active at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Moorestown for many years and went on two missionary trips to Jamaica, her family said.

Mrs. Sauro is survived by her son, John Jr.; daughters Rosemary Bailey and Mimi Hawn; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1997.

A viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at McChesney Funeral Home, 30 W. Main St., Moorestown. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 32 W. Main St., Moorestown. Burial will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Moorestown.


Contact staff writer Claudia Vargas at 856-779-3917 or cvargas@phillynews.com.

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