Myrtle L. Sacco, 107, former financial secretary

Myrtle L. Sacco
Myrtle L. Sacco
Posted: June 27, 2014

Myrtle Lechner Sacco, 107, of Hammonton, a former financial secretary for St. James Lutheran Church in Folsom, N.J., for 30 years, died on Monday, June 23, at Heritage Assisted Living in Hammonton.

"She saw it throughout her own family," son Paul said of his mother's longevity.

"Her mother lived to 100. She had an aunt that was 100," and, he noted, her brother, Louis Lechner, is 93.

Only two years ago did Mrs. Sacco move from her Hammonton family home to Heritage.

"She came here at age 21, to be married, from Vineland," said her son, who is 83.

"That was a condition" of agreeing to marriage, he said. " 'Build me a house and I'll marry you,' " she told her fiance, Charles Sacco. And he did.

Born in Landisville, Mrs. Sacco had lived in Hammonton since 1928.

She had an eighth-grade education, her son said, an accomplishment "rare in those days."

Charles Sacco was a self-employed plumber and well driller, and "from 1928 she is a bookkeeper for him," while raising their three children.

During World War II, she was an American Red Cross volunteer at a Hammonton location, wrapping bandages to be sent to the military.

"She had never gotten in the regular work force," he said, but when her husband died at age 61 in 1965, she was 58 and needed to support herself, so she became a sales clerk at Dan's Stationery in Hammonton for more than 15 years.

At St. James Lutheran, her son said, she was financial secretary for decades.

"When she was in her 90s, she was still counting the money" for the parish, he said. "She was still able to drive to that church, though it's five miles down the road."

A member of the Hammonton Senior Citizens Club, she and her friends would meet once a week to sew and crochet together.

"Afghans, that was her specialty," he said.

Besides her son Paul and her brother, Mrs. Sacco is survived by son Charles, daughter Dorothy Mendolia, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

A viewing was set from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Marinella Funeral Home, 201 N. Third St., Hammonton, before an 11:30 a.m. funeral service at St. James Lutheran Church, 1341 Mays Landing Rd., Folsom, N.J. 08037, with burial in Greenmount Cemetery, Hammonton.

Donations may be sent to the church at the above address.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.marinellafuneralhome.com.


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