Margaret Sinclair Sarracino, a 6-year resident of Claremont, CA died on September 4 2005 at Sunrise Assisted Living surrounded by family and friends lovingly at her side. Hers was a courageous fight to the end. Despite her physical limitations over the last few years, she was an inspiration to all who knew her. She remained ever faithful to her Scottish heritage, often telling us of her family history. She was a gentle soul who touched everyone with a smile and a sense of gratitude. She was a member of Claremont Presbyterian Church.
She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to Henderson P. Sinclair and Margaret L. Sinclair. Her father died in action in France in WWI. Subsequently, her mother married Edward Van Alstine and the family moved to the Big Rapids area and she attended grade school in Grant Center. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in 1936. She married John B. Sarracino, M.D. on June 18, 1941. They were married 56 years before his death in December 1997. They traveled throughout the world during Dr. Sarracino's assignments at military posts in Germany, Italy, Kentucky, California, and France. She loved classical music, especially opera, the arts and had a keen interest in saving the redwoods. Dr. Sarracino was born and raised in Valdez.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law John and Marcee Sarracino of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Robert and Lesley Sarracino of Cape Town, South Africa; by her daughters and sons-in-law Louise and Kees de Kluyver of Claremont, California and Susan Sarracino-Deihl and Robert Deihl of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; and by her grandchildren Robert and Juliet Sarracino, Peter and Jonathan de Kluyver and John Terry Sarracino; by her sisters Betty Van Alstine of Big Rapids, Michigan and Katherine Martin of Prineville, Oregon and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her brothers Harry Sinclair and James Van Alstine and a sister Wilda Kern Preceded her in death.
A memorial service will be held on October 1, 2005 at 3 p.m. at Mullare-murphy Funeral Home. Inurnment will be held the day before with a private family service. Memorial donations may be made to the YMCA of Trinidad, CO.
The family of Margaret Sarracino has entrusted Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home with the arrangements.