Eugene A. Sartini


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.
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 eight 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.ast Players, Cheerleaders, Assistant Coaches, Managers and anyone affiliated with the Sartini football program are asked to report at 9:30 a.m. 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 a.m. 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 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 and Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. with a remembrance time at 7 p.m. both at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road.
Expressions of sympathy are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Friends and family may sign his online guestbook at
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Connie Kloufetos
Aug 13, 2019
I worked at Providence.And he was a great guy always joking around.He was a friend to everyone.And i found out one day walking through the gym that he could play basketball.I tried to make a basket(I missed) But he shot like a pro.I'm glad i knew him.He will be missed forever.
Linda Potter Merk
Aug 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss we were neighbors here at Lakeshore he will be misused. Prayers to the family in this most difficult time🙏🙏🙏🙏
Dan Linton
Aug 10, 2019
You will always be one of the biggest influences of my life. Love you, Coach.
Aug 09, 2019
Shellie this is your mother's fried from Norton. Thinking of you and your family
Roger and Paula Reif
Aug 09, 2019
Coach Sartini was much more than just a coach. He coached our son at Providence and on our first meeting his impression was instilled in us. He was a mentor, parent, coach, friend, teacher, myth and legend and a stand out personality.
He did so much for his students, coaches, players and parents.
We will also cherish his impact with our son and us.
You will be remembered forever.....
Ray Blunk
Aug 08, 2019
Gene was a special football man...positive influence on many young men...Great Pioneer...will always cherish our relationship...May he RIP...
Jana Johnson
Aug 08, 2019
So sorry for your family’s loss Joe .
Gene Weihe
Aug 06, 2019
My coach and teacher at Flaget. Always appreciated Coach’s constant smile and happy but tough demeanor 🙏❤️😢
Sharon and Jack Spoonmore
Aug 05, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to Joe,Toni, Gino & Nicki'
Love from The Spoonmores"
Aug 05, 2019