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Elizabeth Theresia Lottie Sacco

Obituary for Elizabeth Theresia Lottie Sacco

June 14, 1935 - September 22, 2019
Lake Oswego, Oregon | Age 84


Lottie was the youngest of three daughters born to Margaret and Leonard Ziolkowski in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1935. She attended Weyburn Collegiate High School, from which she graduated in 1953. After receiving a BA in Medical Technology from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in 1956, she worked for one year at Calgary General Hospital. Feeling adventuresome, with three job offers in the Lake Michigan area to choose from, she went to work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. It was there that she met her future husband, Russell Sacco, then a medical student. They married in 1960, and ultimately raised four children together, with Lottie as a full-time mother.

Lottie was a person of significant energy. Over the years, she was a tireless volunteer for Birthright. She was dedicated to her faith, service, and community, bringing the Eucharist and good cheer to homebound parishioners of Our Lady of the Lake. Lottie formed deep attachments over the decades; whether it was with members of her book club, friends from church, or dear friends from her earliest days living in Portland, she found solace and support in her connections with others.

Lottie and her husband worked together in his office the final 14 years of his medical practice. After retirement, she and Russell traveled the world extensively. Throughout all, they enjoyed golf (Lottie achieving not one but two holes-in-one), entertaining, and relaxing on their deck overlooking Lake Oswego. Their annual Christmas Eve and Fourth of July parties were particularly memorable and beloved traditions. She will be missed by her family and by her many close friends.

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Happy Valley, OR 97086
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