Phyliss C. Badame
AGE: 86 • Medford Twp., NJ
(Nee Crudo) On October 29, 2013 Beloved wife of Joseph P. Badame. Dear sister of Theresa DiSeveria. Also surviving are her many nieces and nephews.
Phyliss was born the youngest of 10 children into a traditional Italian family of modest means in Camden in 1927. She worked her way through her masters degree at Rutgers while providing the sole support for her beloved Mother and Father.
Shortly after her higher education was complete, Phyliss embarked on a life-long crusade of mentoring and serving almost a hundred priests and nuns.
After arriving at Cramer Jr. High School in Camden, she quickly became the driving educational force while practicing her master teaching skills. Later, adults benefited from her expertise as a guidance counselor, and evening school teacher and evening school principal of adult education.
After marriage in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and two-year service in the Peace Corps in Tunisia with her husband Joseph, her career graced the halls of Saint Stephen's Elementary School in Pennsauken and St. Joseph's School (St. Mary of the Lakes School) in Medford.
During her decades of teaching and mentoring, Phyliss was instrumental in establishing the educational, social, and moral foundation of thousands of students who are now respected and valued members of our community and country. Most have managed to pass that foundation on to all those around them.
Despite life-threatening health matters, starting in 1984, Phyliss continued enriching others, assisting and advising all those around her. In 2006, she established the Phyliss Badame Endowment for the Arts and the St. Mary of the Lakes School.
Family, friends, and former students are invited to pay their last respects on Monday at St. Mary of the Lakes Church, at 40 Jackson Road; Medford, New Jersey 08055 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A funeral mass will commence at 11:30 a.m. Monday
A private burial will take place Locustwood Memorial Cemetery in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Phyliss Badame Endowment for the Arts; St. Mary of the Lakes Church, 40 Jackson Road, Medford, New Jersey 08055. Arr. by the BOCCO FUNERAL HOME, Cherry Hill.
Bocco Funeral Home
1300 North Kings Highway
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Published in Courier-Post from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2013