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Marcella M. Dalsey

Haddonfield, NJ

May 31, 2014. Mother of Chelsea Dalsey, Robert Dalsey, Grace Dalsey and John Dalsey. Daughter of Marcella Jennings and the late Russell Finger. Loving partner of Joe Salema. Sister of Debbie Vogel. Aunt of Kelly and John. Marcy was born in Camden NJ and raised in Pennsauken NJ. She graduated from Pennsauken High School and attended the Columbia Nursing School until the birth of her first child. She has been a lifelong investor in real estate rental properties for which she had a deep and talented passion. In the 1990's she founded Gracie's Ice Cream Parlor in Haddonfield. Gracie's, although under different ownership, is still an operating business at its original site. While raising 4 children Marcy began her passion to help the less fortunate residents of Camden NJ. She began as a volunteer organizing clothing drives, and progressed along with Lewis Katz to become the Co-Founder of the Knowledge A to Z Academy Charter School. (Katz Academy) She began working with the Katz family organizations in 2007, and served in various capacities including Executive Director of the Drew A Katz Foundation. Her passion has always been children, education, and creative energy for new and exciting ideas. Marcy also served as a Katz representative on the Board of the Greater Camden Partnership until shortly before its merger with the Coopers Ferry Development Corp. In 2011 Marcy used her talents to organize a Peace Summit in Newark with Mayor Cory Booker and the Dalai Lama. She participated, along with her children, in the Haddonfield Plays & Players and was a fiercely dedicated walker, seldom missing a day. She was always observed doing her morning walks in Haddonfield, and in Philadelphia. An avid follower of Broadway shows, she would often extend her love of walking to Central Park whenever she visited NYC. In the 1980's she was a Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader, and was proud to have been on the squad that cheered at the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 1981. Relatives and friends are invited to memorial services on Saturday, June 7, 2014 beginning 10:00AM at Knowledge A to Z Katz Academy Charter School, 1725 Park Blvd., Camden, NJ. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Friends of Knowledge A to Z Katz Academy Charter School, 905 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 in memory of Marcy Dalsey. For further information regarding the ceremony please go to


Published in Courier-Post on June 5, 2014
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