Wilkes University


The Passing of Doris Saracino

The University is saddened to announce the passing of Doris Saracino. Mrs. Saracino was a 34-year member of the Wilkes athletic department and can be called the "Mother of Wilkes Women's Athletics."

Doris Saracino put into place the foundation for women's athletic at Wilkes. In 1960-61, she was the first full-time coach of the women's basketball team and guided the team for its first ten years of existence. In 1962 Mrs. Saracino turned her attention to starting a field hockey program at the school and coached that sport for its first eight years.

In 1975, Mrs. Saracino saw the need for another fall sport to complement field hockey and started a volleyball team. For 15 years she guided the fortunes of the lady Colonels volleyball team, reaching the MAC playoffs in 1982 with a record of 16-6.

In 1995, Mrs. Saracino was inducted into the Wilkes University Hall of Fame. She was named to the MAC Hall of Fame in 2016, one of eight Wilkes former greats named to the prestigious honor. After her retirement from Wilkes, she achieved the title of Associate Professor of Physical Education, Emerita.

Mrs. Saracino is survived by her husband of 56 years, Michael M. Saracino Jr.; son, Michael Saracino III and his wife, Laura, Shavertown; daughter, Maria Saracino Mooney and her husband. Paul, Kingston; son, Edward Saracino, Valley Forge; grandchildren, Michael IV, Dominick and Angelina Saracino, Matthew, Nicholas, Nathan, and Marissa Mooney; her sister, Joan B. Mack; and several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral is at 10 a.m. Wednesday from Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc., Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, Kingston. The interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Pringle.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.