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OBITUARY

Coach Sartini

December 26, 1930August 3, 2019
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Hall of Fame Coach Gene Sartini, 88, was born in Hammond, Indiana on December 26, 1930.He was the son of the late Italian immigrants Joseph and Emily Cardoni Sartini and passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Coach attended Columbia Grade School and Hammond Tech High School. Upon graduation, in 1949 he received a football scholarship to Louisiana State University where he played tight end. In 1950, he transferred to the University of Louisville, where he broke three receiving records and currently holds longest receiving pass at 94 yards. After completing his sophomore year at the University of Louisville he returned home where he was drafted in the United States Army. Afterwards, he returned to the University of Louisville to complete his Junior and Senior Years where he received his degree in Education.

Coach Sartini taught students the love of football at the University of Louisville, Louisa Kentucky, Louisville Flaget, Louisville Shawnee High School and ending his legacy as head coach at Providence High School. During his time at Providence, the Indiana Hall of Famer had a record of 279-168 in 40 years at Providence, winning five of the program's six sectional titles. He led the Pioneers to sectional crowns in 1982, '85, '93, '94 and 2007 before retiring in 2010. The Hammond, Indiana, native took the Pioneers to state runner-up finishes in 1973 and 1993. The field at Murphy Stadium was named after Sartini in 2012.He helped a number of players earn first-team all-state honors during his tenure: Pat Harris (1972, 1973), Tom Quinkert (1973), Kurt Seger (1980), Bob Coan (1983), Charlie Linton (1984), Greg Hublar (1985), Chris Klingsmith (1992), Adam Theobald (1993), Scott Shickert (1993), Syd Witlock (1995), DJ Zipp (1998), Kevin Pickerell (2004) and Zach Ernstberger (2007). Providence had only eight losing seasons in 40 years under his regime.

After graduation, he married the late Betty Justice and were together 26 years. They had four children, Joe Sartini, Toni Sartini Schmidt (Mike), Gino Sartini Jr. (Christine) and Nick Sartini. Gene later married the late Sondra Haller for 18 years and had two step-children, Bill Noel and Shelly Vernengo (Dominic) and their children, Sondra, Isabelle and Nolan. He spent the last 18 years with his life partner, the late Cheryl Cardwell. In addition to his children he has 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, Nicole Cprek and her children, Nieem and Cosma,Tera Davis and her children Everett and Simon, Erica Combs and her children, Vivien and Hatch, Emily Roberts and her children, Sawyer and Wren, Joe Sartini, Michael Sartini, Gino Sartini III, Lili Sartini, Stella Sartini, Josie Sartini, Peyton Schmidt, Maria Schmidt and Manny Schmidt.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Gia Rae Sartini and three siblings, Pete Sartini, Irene Hayes and Larry Sartini.

Past Players, Cheerleaders, Assistant Coaches, Managers and anyone affiliated with the Sartini football program are asked to report at 9:30 am at the home end goal post; friends and fans are also welcome to join us in the home section bleachers on Sartini Field at Providence High School on Friday, August 9, 2019 so you can escort coach down the field one last time.

From there, Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, August 9, 2019 at St. Anthony of Padua, 316 N Sherwood Ave, Clarksville, IN 47129 with burial to follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 and Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 11 am – 8 pm with a remembrance time at 7:00 pm both at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Remembrance Service Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 9, 2019

Memories

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Dan Linton

August 10, 2019

You will always be one of the biggest influences of my life. Love you, Coach.

Kelly Mayott

August 9, 2019

To the family of coach,
I work at Traditions at Hunter Station. Thank you so much for placing him there for the time he was there. He made me laugh Everytime I saw him and brightened my day! I will truly miss him.
Sending many prayers for everyone.

jerry buffone

August 8, 2019

I just received a call from one of our great football players at Flaget High and later UK greats Tim Meagher on the passing of my good buddy and great friend and fellow coach Gene Sartini. I share many of the memories written in his obituary . He was as great coach but better yet he was just as great as a person. He could be serious when need be and funny when the time was right-likeable-energetic-amiable-with a big heart-and some how he used all these attributes to be a WINNER! I respected and loved you as my friend when i coached along side of you at Flaget and I will always love and think of you in your passing. My condolences to the Sartini family. Your buddy and friend-Jerry Buffone

Paul Moakler

August 8, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the Sartini Family. It was really saddening news to hear. What a truly remarkable man. God Bless and Thanks Coach

Paul Moakler Class of '84

Chris Makowsky

August 8, 2019

Great coach and a great person. Never ever forgot who you were when he saw you out. Thanks coach and you will be missed.

Kurt Seger

August 7, 2019

I wanted to share a note I received from Coach Sartini back in 2004. I sent him a card congratulating him for his Hall of Fame enshrinement and he sent this letter in return. Classic Coach Sartini. 25 years later he still won't let me forget about my missed field goal that cost us the game against Floyd Central. They don't make guys like Coach Sartini anymore. I'll miss him.

Kurt Seger

Tom Brabandt

August 7, 2019

Photo of the Flaget High School 1961 Track State Champions under the leadership of Head Coach Gene Sartini.

Bob Brower

August 7, 2019

I have fond memories of Coach Sartini from my years at Flaget. He was my track coach and my position coach in Football. These are days I think of often and reminisce about my youth. As they say “these were the good old days” and he was a part of that for me.
He will be missed. Bob Brower, Flaget 1964

Ed Maxwell

August 7, 2019

Coach Sartini was a very caring man who coached me in football and my late cousin in cross country at Flaget. I will never forget his sense of humor, humility, and locker room lectures. Rest in heaven, Coach Sartini.

Tim Deatrick

August 7, 2019

One of the most colorful and interesting coaches I ever interviewed as a part time correspondent for The New Albany Tribune in 2004. The coach was genuine with a sense of humor and memorable quotes that spiced up my stories. God rest his soul, a true jewel of Southern Indiana.

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Biography

Hall of Fame Coach Gene Sartini, 88, was born in Hammond, Indiana on December 26, 1930.He was the son of the late Italian immigrants Joseph and Emily Cardoni Sartini and passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Coach attended Columbia Grade School and Hammond Tech High School. Upon graduation, in 1949 he received a football scholarship to Louisiana State University where he played tight end. In 1950, he transferred to the University of Louisville, where he broke three receiving records and currently holds longest receiving pass at 94 yards. After completing his sophomore year at the University of Louisville he returned home where he was drafted in the United States Army. Afterwards, he returned to the University of Louisville to complete his Junior and Senior Years where he received his degree in Education.

Coach Sartini taught students the love of football at the University of Louisville, Louisa Kentucky, Louisville Flaget, Louisville Shawnee High School and ending his legacy as head coach at Providence High School. During his time at Providence, the Indiana Hall of Famer had a record of 279-168 in 40 years at Providence, winning five of the program's six sectional titles. He led the Pioneers to sectional crowns in 1982, '85, '93, '94 and 2007 before retiring in 2010. The Hammond, Indiana, native took the Pioneers to state runner-up finishes in 1973 and 1993. The field at Murphy Stadium was named after Sartini in 2012.He helped a number of players earn first-team all-state honors during his tenure: Pat Harris (1972, 1973), Tom Quinkert (1973), Kurt Seger (1980), Bob Coan (1983), Charlie Linton (1984), Greg Hublar (1985), Chris Klingsmith (1992), Adam Theobald (1993), Scott Shickert (1993), Syd Witlock (1995), DJ Zipp (1998), Kevin Pickerell (2004) and Zach Ernstberger (2007).Providence had only eight losing seasons in 40 years under his regime.


After graduation, he married the late Betty Justice and were together 26 years. They had four children, Joe Sartini, Toni Sartini Schmidt (Mike), Gino Sartini Jr. (Christine) and Nick Sartini. Gene later married the late Sondra Haller for 18 years and had two step-children, Bill Noel and Shelly Vernengo (Dominic) and their children, Sondra, Isabelle and Nolan. He spent the last 18 years with his life partner, the late Cheryl Cardwell. In addition to his children he has 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, Nicole Cprek and her children, Nieem and Cosma,Tera Davis and her children Everett and Simon, Erica Combs and her children, Vivien and Hatch, Emily Roberts and her children, Sawyer and Wren, Joe Sartini, Michael Sartini, Gino Sartini III, Lili Sartini, Stella Sartini, Josie Sartini, Peyton Schmidt, Maria Schmidt and Manny Schmidt.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Gia Rae Sartini and three siblings, Pete Sartini, Irene Hayes and Larry Sartini.

Past Players, Cheerleaders, Assistant Coaches, Managers and anyone affiliated with the Sartini football program are asked to report at 9:30 am at the home end goal post; friends and fans are also welcome to join us in the home section bleachers on Sartini Field at Providence High School on Friday, August 9, 2019 so you can escort coach down the field one last time.

From there, Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, August 9, 2019 at St. Anthony of Padua, 316 N Sherwood Ave, Clarksville, IN 47129 with burial to follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 and Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 11 am – 8 pm with a remembrance time at 7:00 pm both at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.