Gladys V. Fullerton Sacci

September 29th, 1928April 4th, 2020

Gladys V. Fullerton Sacci, 91, formerly of Copenhagen, NY, and Lake Alfred, FL, passed away in the early morning of April 4th at Balfour Cherrywood Village in Louisville, CO, where she had been a resident.

Born September 29th, 1928, in the town of Rutland, NY, she was the only daughter of five children of the late Henry S. and Mabel A. (Sargent) VanNess. She graduated from Copenhagen Central School in 1944, and then from the Watertown School of Commerce. Gladys was extremely proud of earning her associate's degree from Jefferson Community College in 1976 and her bachelor's degree from Empire State College through SUNY Albany in 1988.

She was a school district business manager for 49 years, first at Copenhagen Central, then Carthage Central School. Many times, you could see a light on in her office while she burned the midnight oil accomplishing her many duties. 

Gladys traveled extensively, visiting 49 out of 50 states and 5 of 7 continents, and shared her travels with the Argonaut Club in Copenhagen, NY. As a member of the United Community Church in Carthage, NY, she loved singing in the church choir. Other passions included music, dancing, going to shows and movies, playing board and card games, and especially trying her luck at the casino.

After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and moved to Colorado in 2015 to be closer to them.

She was preceded in death by her four brothers and two former husbands: George A. Fullerton, the father of her children, to whom she was married for 47 years, and Frank J. Sacci to whom she was married for eight years. Both husbands were well-known area musicians.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen (Joseph) Malacalza, Oceanside, CA; a son Jon Fullerton, Athens, GA; two granddaughters, Diana (Adib) Malacalza and Lia (Brian) Buchanan, and two great-granddaughters, Isabella and Tahirih.

A private family celebration of Gladys' life is tentatively planned for this summer in Colorado. To honor Gladys' life, please consider a donation to one or all of the following:

     Balfour Cherrywood Village, 282 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville, CO 80027

     Dignity Hospice, 400 E. 84th Ave. Suit W202, Thornton, CO 80229

     A charity of your choice

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Many fine memories while at Carthage Central. God bless.
Karen,Joe,Jon and families, I was so saddened to hear Gladys had passed. What an amazing,inspirational woman she was. Some of my best memories are of time spent at your house when we were kids. My love and prayers to all of you, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Love, Karla
Dear Karen & Family, Your Mom was a "Precious Treasure", and an amazing woman. Her vitality and love of Life were contagious, and I consider sharing the Gift of Friendship with her, a wonderful memory from our years with her in the Argonaut Club. You have been a special daughter, caring for her, and loving her through her many years of life, and limitations; until her final Good Bye. Bless you Karen, and each of your family- you helped her "Live well"; may you feel God's gift of peace and comfort, as He holds you in the Hollow of His Hands. A Friend, Connie
Dear Karen & Family, Your Mom was a "Precious Treasure", and an amazing woman. Her vitality and love of Life were contagious, and I consider sharing the Gift of Friendship with her, a wonderful memory from our years with her in the Argonaut Club. You have been a very special daughter, caring for her, and loving her through her many years of life, until her final Good Bye. Bless you Karen, and each of your family- you helped her "Live well" may you feel God's gift of peace and comfort, as He holds you in the Hollow of His Hands. A Friend, Connie
A life lived long and well. Gareth Fenley
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