Pauline Toni Cuchia Sachitano

November 28, 1939, January 07, 2019

Pauline Sachitano

On Monday, January 7, 2019, Pauline Toni Cuchia Sachitano -- wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, great-aunt, and friend -- passed away as she slept peacefully beside her husband of over 52 years, Edward Sachitano.

Toni's life began on November 28, 1939, in Newark, New Jersey; born the daughter of the late Anthony Joseph Cuchia and Pauline Rupslaukis Cuchia. Her sister, Frances Pearl Cuchia, precedes her in passing.

Poet, accomplished choral singer, musician, educator, and lover of the written word, Toni’s young life began to blossom along the beaches of Galveston, Texas. Walks along the beaches as she watched the sun shining on the sea would awaken in her a love for nature, a continuous source of inspiration throughout her life.

An alumna of Galveston’s Dominican High School, she studied art at Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas, where she met her husband, who she lovingly called “Sach.” They married on June 11, 1966 and settled in Beaumont to raise their family.

Aspiring to become an educator, she returned to Lamar, graduated, and began a long legacy of teaching, finding employment at Hamshire-Fannett ISD. Never one to rest the mind, she continued her studies and earned a master’s in library science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She eventually would be hired by Beaumont ISD to help implement the EAGLE Library Program (Encouraging and Guiding Literature Experiences), in all of the elementary schools. She retired from Beaumont ISD in 2003 with over 24 years of service to the students of Texas public schools.

Toni and her husband were regular members of St. Anne Catholic Church and later joined St Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, where she regularly sang in the choir since its founding in 1978. She filled the quiet moments of her life with prayer and volunteering her time to the Prayer Line at St. Jude. Toni inspired those around her with her many interests, hobbies and humor. Often, she could be heard laughing at the silly things in life, and at times, herself.

Toni’s love will be forever remembered by her dedicated husband, Edward Sachitano, sons, Stephen Sachitano; Christopher Sachitano and wife Tammy Sachitano; granddaughters, Megan Sachitano and Anna Sachitano; great-grandson, Grayson Mireles; sisters, Delores Leone, Patricia Moss, and Jo Frances Cuchia; brother, A.J. Cuchia, Jr. and wife Tracy; and many others, loved and laboriously prayed for, including nieces, Jacquelyn Stephen and husband Jim; Paula Mabry and husband Michael; Judy Rawls and husband Bob; nephews, Fred Sachitano, Jr. and wife Sheila; Vincent Leone, Jr. and Danny Leone, great-nephews, Derek Sachitano and wife Leah; Danny Sachitano and Michael Mabry; great-nieces, Anne Marie Dafel and husband Andre; Carol Ann Cuchia, Jacquelyn Mabry, and friend and confidant, Linda Cooper.

Her rich, full life and eternal repose will be celebrated at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers and other articles of condolence or memorial, Toni’s family requests that her great love of animals and nature be honored by contributions to The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P. O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77004.


Funeral Mass
St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
6825 Gladys Beaumont, TX 77706
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Family Committal
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (19)

  • Lilli Phelan Bean

    19 January 2019 at 19:29 | #

    Eddie, thinking of you with love and prayers.


  • Karen Merlet

    19 January 2019 at 05:19 | #

    Our prayers are with you. May you always remember the joy and laughter she brought with her. We will always cherish the beautiful blankets she made as each of my children came home.


  • Valerie T

    18 January 2019 at 03:33 | #

    I remember Mrs. Sachitano fondly. She was always very kind to me. When she heard I wanted to learn to crochet; she took the time to teach me and then sent me home with lots of yarn. She was a kind soul.


  • Mike Cacioppo

    17 January 2019 at 23:40 | #

    Eddie I am so sorry to hear of Toni's passing. Love and prayers for your family. Mike cacioppo


  • Patricia C. Moss

    16 January 2019 at 22:06 | #

    Toni's accomplishments during her lifetime are many. She's now in a better place with God. I miss her love, humor and phone heart aches over the loss of my sister, in peace, my dear...


  • Rosemary Ryan

    15 January 2019 at 15:20 | #

    Toni was a dear friend! I knew her from her wonderful work wih EAGLE LIBRARY and the students and teachers adored her! She held us all in the palm of her hand as she captivated us with her lessons on books, history and nature! I also knew her from our wonderful choir at St. Jude’s where she sang with me for many years....We will surely miss her lovely TENOR VOICE ringing out in our choir on Sundays. We all loved her..❤️?Sing with the angels, dear Toni!!!!!


  • Mary Dolores (Matthews) Pavey

    14 January 2019 at 22:55 | #

    Toni and I were classmates at Dominican in Galveston. She had the greatest laugh and loved her great smile. She and I played games of the Computer. Girl, I’ll miss you and your great sense of humor. . You seem to always beat me. I will pray for your family and hope to enjoy seeing you when I get there!!


  • Haydee Waters

    12 January 2019 at 23:12 | #

    Toni was a classmate of mine at Dominican High in Galveston. She was a lot of fun and always so full of energy.. We had many good times when we were all together, especially at our class reunions.. She would share with us her love of family and her love of computer games. I remember when she met a cousin of mine from Michigan when she was playing Words with Friends on the computer. I couldn’t believe it when my cousin called and told me that she met a classmate of mine on the computer through that game. My condolences and prayers to all of you. Rest in peace Toni.


  • Mary Frances (Maxwell) Kivch

    11 January 2019 at 23:48 | #

    I will never forget her beautiful smile & laugh. She was one of a kind. Rest in peace Toni as we all will miss you.


  • Rosemary Fellows

    11 January 2019 at 18:28 | #

    What a beautiful spirit. I've known Toni and Ed since 2006, and always enjoyed Toni's wit, dry humor and great cooking. Robert (Todd) and I attended Toni and Ed's Golden Wedding Anniversary party in 2016, and felt honored to be included among the Sachitano Clan. No doubt Toni and Robert are swapping stories in heaven, and regaling the Lord with stories about Beaumont.. Rest in Peace, Toni, and try to keep Robert out of trouble. Love Rosemary Fellows and (in absentia) Robert Todd


  • John Nicklebur

    11 January 2019 at 16:13 | #

    David & Barbara.... it is with a saddened heart that am writing this note . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and oMichael’s family. We have been through a lot since Ms Risinger’s first grade class but nothing can prepare us for the loss of a child.. be strong for Katie,, Stacey and the girls


  • Sylvia Moratto Theall

    11 January 2019 at 16:10 | #

    Toni was one of my classmates at Dominican High School in Galveston. I remember her ready smile, hearty laugh and her kindness. She was always enthusiastic, and in later years at our reunions, she shared her love of family and her many interests, especially computer games! Rest In Peace, Toni.


  • Mary Sachitano Mansoorian

    11 January 2019 at 04:04 | #

    My earliest memory was your beautiful engagement photo in the Beaumont Enterprise & Journal. I was so excited to attend your elegant wedding at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Galveston. Every time I pass it, I remember that magical June day. I cried as you walked down the aisle -you were so beautiful! Always the life of the party, you graced us with your charming smile and infectious laughter. We will miss that, Aunt Toni.


  • Nancy Dryden

    11 January 2019 at 03:30 | #

    Toni was a delightful person and friend. to know..
    My love and condolences to her family!
    Gods Blessings. May she Rest In Peace.


  • Russell Girolamo

    10 January 2019 at 15:20 | #

    My Cousin Toni and the Cuchia family were always a pleasure to visit in Galveston. Toni married my good friend Ed it was a perfect match. Long ago I moved from Bmt but still have the memories of my cousin and my good friend with me today . God Bless


  • Paula Mabry

    10 January 2019 at 06:55 | #

    I remember, many times you came to our house to read to my kids stories. Your reading and deliverance of the story delighted my 3 & 5 year olds. Wearing costumes, top hat & cape, changing your voice to fit the character ‘s role. It was fun to watch and listen to the story. You were such a gifted storyteller! We will dearly miss you and hold precious memories in our hearts.?


  • Anna Marie Mazzu

    09 January 2019 at 23:23 | #

    I was looking for another obituary when l saw this on Toni and l am so shocked and sorry for Eddy, Stephen , Christopher and all the family. Toni was a very kind and loving person. I always loved to hear her laugh.
    Anna Marie and Don Mazzu


  • The Young family

    09 January 2019 at 20:41 | #

    I'm so sorry for your lost. She will be greatly missed. by all. My thoughts and prayers are for all of you. Love all of you


  • Dan Leone

    09 January 2019 at 18:37 | #

    Life will never be the same without you Aunt Bona! Clear Skies and Tail Winds!


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