October 06, 1932 – April 02, 2018
It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lillian Maddi Nichols Saracino who was a dedicated SEIU member and leader. On behalf of our President Steve Catanese, Secretary-Treasurer JoAnne P. Sessa, Statewide Executive Board, staff and our 20,000 members we extend our sympathies and prayers to her family, friends and fellow union members.
Lillian Maddi Nichols Saracino, 85, of East Scranton passed away peacefully Monday morning at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. She and her beloved husband, Claude, shared 48 years of love until his death on October 13, 2010.
Born in West Scranton, daughter of the late Frank and Susan DelRosso Maddi, she was a graduate of West Scranton High School, Class of 1950. She attended the University of Scranton and completed labor courses at Penn State and union labor courses at Bucknell University, the University of Indiana, and Shippensburg University. Lillian retired as a casework supervisor after 35 years of service at the Lackawanna County Assistance Office. A devout Roman Catholic, she was a lifelong parishioner of St. Lucy’s Church, Scranton, where she volunteered at many parish activities.
She held membership in the Service Employees International Union since 1967, as well as Local 406, where she was Secretary-Treasurer. Lillian and her husband were charter members of Local 668. It was there that she acted as Northeast Chapter President and Statewide Executive Board Member. From 1971 – 1994 she was part of the Statewide Contract Negotiating Team. Having been Chief Shop Steward, she was a delegate and former trustee to the Scranton Central Labor Union. A charter member of the Alliance for Retired Americans, Lillian also belonged to the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees and the Northeast PA State Alliance of Retirees.
Lillian belonged to PARSE and volunteered on many committees and offices of the Women’s Civic League of Lackawanna County, where she was also the Past President. She took part in the first Lackawanna County Daffodil Days Committee, founded in 1974. Her service there was continuous until 2014.
Together, they enjoyed cruise travel, Broadway shows, and most of all attending opera performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Lillian also enjoyed cross stitch and crossword puzzles.
Lil was a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt who was full of grace and had a great sense of pride in her family. She was a caring and spiritual person.
Surviving are two daughters, Susan Nichols, of Moosic, and Madelyn Fleck, and fiancé Harry Wun, of Elizabethtown; a brother, Louis Maddi, and wife Tina, of Scranton; a grandson; two great- granddaughters; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Maddi.
A special thank you is extended to Dr. Salvatore Lawrence and the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their collective care and concern given to Lillian.
Her funeral will be Friday at 8:30 AM from Ferri & Gillette Funeral Services, LLC, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge to Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Lucy’s Church, 949 Scranton St., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Sam J. Ferretti. Interment will follow in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.
Friends are invited to call Thursday from 4 – 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517; St. Lucy’s Building Fund, 949 Scranton St., Scranton, PA 18504; St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503; or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr. #7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. To leave a message of consolation please visit www.ferrigillettefuneralservices.com.
Friday, April 06, 2018
St. Lucy’s Church
949 Scranton St.
Scranton, PA 18504