Sara Marie Scarlato
1975 - 2013
Sara Marie (Halpin) Scarlato, 37, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, June 13, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Sara fought a courageous and determined seventeen-month battle against an aggressive and resistant ovarian cancer.
Born in Kenosha, Wis., on July 30, 1975, she was the daughter of Joseph J. and Donna M. (Kubly) Halpin, Jr. Sara grew up in Kenosha, attending Jeffery Elementary, Lance Jr. High and Tremper High Schools. She loved playing all kinds of sports and playing her trumpet in the school and summer bands, especially Band of the Black Watch. She also earned athletic varsity letters at Tremper in volleyball, basketball, and softball.
After high school, Sara was awarded a four-year Presidential Honor Scholarship to Alverno College in Milwaukee, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors, majoring in Professional Communication and minoring in Business and Management, Theater Arts, and Religious Studies. She was named a Wingspread Scholar and also wrote and directed two plays on Alvernos stage during her junior and senior years. After graduation, she continued her education at Marquette University, earning a Master of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations in May of 1999.
Sara began her professional employment at Snap-on Tools in Kenosha in September of 1999. She served in various roles, including Communications Coordinator, Snap-on Dealer for a local corporate route, Regional Manager for many Snap-on Dealers in the Chicago district, and Communications Manager in the Kenosha office until her illness forced her into working from home and finally applying for medical disability in May of 2013 a few weeks before her death.
On Oct. 30, 1999, Sara married the love of her life, Joseph A. Scarlato, at St. Marys Catholic Church. Sara and Joe built their lives together in Kenosha, raising their daughter and son to value both faith and athleticism. Sara and Joe shared their love of sports with many area children, spending many years as volunteer coaches for various area youth sports teams. They earned Coach of the Year awards from Kenosha Area Soccer Legue for their many years of dedicated service to boys and girls soccer teams. Sara and Joe also became regular fixtures at the Pleasant Prairie Rec Plex, coaching both Boys and Girlss Basketball, Co-ed T-ball, Girls Softball, and Boys Baseball teams. The Scarlato-led youth sport teams enjoyed friendship, sportsmanship, and fun during their playing seasons and especially at the eagerly anticipated after-season sports parties at the Scarlato home.
Sara was a Baptized and Confirmed, active, life-long member of St. Marys Catholic Church.
In addition to her husband and parents, Sara is also survived by a daughter, Anna Marie; a son:, Samuel Joseph; a brother, Peter (Gabrielle) Halpin and their children Alex, Brady and Nathan of Mequon,Wis.; her mother-in-law, Gertrude Scarlato, Kenosha; three sisters -in-law, Kim Alonzo of Las Vegas, Nev., Jan (Jim) Perone of Kenosha, and Christine Scarlato, Zion, Ill.; her aunts, Diane (Mark) Montemurro and Catherine Kubly of Kenosha; her uncles, Tony (Donna) Halpin, Indio, Calif., and Charles (Clarice) Goepfert of Browntown, Wis., and many loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph, Sr. and Philomena Halpin and James and Emma Kubly, her father-in-law, Samuel James Scarlatto, a sister-in law, Sue Scarlato, an uncle, Felix Alonzo and a niece, Jessica Foss.
Sara will be deeply missed by all the family and friends whose lived she touched so deeply. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St Mary Catholic Church, 7400 39th Ave. Relatives and Friends are invited to meet at the church for the Mass. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. A visitation for Sara will be held on Tuesday, June 18, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances in honor of Sara would be appreciated for St. Marys Catholic Church, the
, P.O. Box 902, Pewaukee, WI, 53072-0902, or her family for the education of their children.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Thomas Ambro, Dr. Majed Jandali, Dr. David Knight, Kenosha Hospital and Medical Center and St. Catherines Hospital and Cancer Center staff, Dr. Janet Radar and Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital staff, Dr. Gini Fleming and the University of Chicago Hospital and staff, and Wheaton Franciscan Home Care and Hospice for their diligent, compassionate care.
Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home & Cremation Services
3720 39th Avenue
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144
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