Maria C. Sartor, of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, died on Saturday, April 27, 2013. She was 70. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey on October 19, 1942 to Dante and Florence Crisonino, she graduated at the top of her high school class at Saint Aloysius Academy. After attending Pratt Institute for one year, she went on to complete a degree in English at the College of Notre Dame in Staten Island. In 1963, she declined a full graduate degree scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania in order to marry Anthony J. Sartor, who was then a graduate student in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan.
The couple moved to Michigan, where she worked at the University of Michigan School of Business and taught sewing until having identical twin daughters, Lisanne and Colette. After returning to New Jersey, she had son John and began fund-raising for a number of charitable organizations. She then began work as a journalist, eventually becoming a contributing editor of the Scotch Plains Times, a local New Jersey newspaper, and then the founding editor of a weekly newspaper that covered two heavily populated New Jersey counties.
Always a lover of politics, she served as Tom H. Kean’s Assistant Press Secretary from 1981 to 1982 during his campaign for governor and then as Press Secretary for his gubernatorial inaugural. After that, Governor Kean appointed her to the New Jersey State Commission on Human Resources. Because she developed strong press relations with the 800 plus members of the New Jersey Press Corp, it was a natural progression for her to form her own public relations firm, Marcrisart Media, Inc. in 1982. During the course of 18 years, she assembled a core of talented writers and graphic artists that did award winning work year after year. Marcrisart Media serviced engineers, architects, attorneys, physicians and the medical industry as well as construction firms and water and sewer authorities and political campaigns.
She was also an active member of the community. Early on, she participated in the local Jaycettes and then became an active member of the Republican Club of Scotch Plains and the Republican County Committee, as well as serving as PTA President at Coles Elementary School. She was also a parishioner at Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and Saint Stanislaus Church in Plainfield, New Jersey. Her favorite contribution to Scotch Plains was as a 25 year veteran of the Scotch Plains Planning Board, where she served as both Chairman and Vice Chairman for several years each and chaired numerous Board committees.
She retired from Marcrisart Media in 2000 to write, paint and spend more time with her family. She and her husband were strong believers in a child-centered family and took great delight in raising their children and enjoying their grandchildren. She is survived by her beloved husband Anthony J. Sartor, her children Lisanne, Colette and John Sartor, her grandchildren Jack, Anthony, Katie, August, Luke and James, her siblings Philip and Elizabeth Crisonino, her mother Florence Terrano, her sons- and daughter-in-law Dakota Sunseri, Robert Ohanesian and Kelly Sartor, her brother- and sisters-in-law John and Donna Sartor, and Marie and Mary Crisonino, her nephew and nieces Justin and Alyssa Sartor, Toni Marie Manzi and Danielle Karpinski and her “second son” Robert Guy and his family. She was predeceased by her father Dante Crisonino, Sr. and her brother Dante Crisonino, Jr.
Her wake will be held at Rossi Funeral Home at 1937 Westfield Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey on Friday, May 3rd from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be at St. Bernard’s Church, 1235 George Street, Plainfield, New Jersey 07062 at 10 am on Saturday, May 4th. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Diabetes Association. Please contact 800-342-2383 for more information.