Montville - Pearl Elaine Badaloni, 88, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the William W. Backus Hospital.
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She was born May 5, 1924, in Norwich, the daughter of the late Emilio and Asunta (Montesi) Badaloni. She was educated in the Norwich elementary schools and graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1941. She was a graduate of Eastern CT State University and also attended Mitchell College and Mohegan Community College.
She began her career employment in 1943 in an entry level civil service position at the disbursing office at the Sub Base and advanced to deputy disbursing officer and fiscal accounting supervisor, retiring in 1979.
She subsequently took part time work in various offices as a receptionist and in accounting at the post office as well as dental and insurance offices. To perpetuate her interest in art, she volunteered as a docent at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme for two years and was a class agent chair for her 1941 class for the NFA Foundation Annual Fund. She was a published poet and was awarded the Editor's Choice Award in 1995 by the National Library of Poetry.
She held several offices in the National Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees, including president, vice president and legislative officer and also was editor of their monthly newsletter from 1983-1995. She was a member of the Thames Valley RockHounds and edited their newsletter "The Geode" for several years.
Two highlights of her life were a five port cruise to the Caribbean and Bermuda and a trip to Alaska in 1980. Many of her hobbies were oil painting, rock hounding, gardening, needlework, crossword puzzles and cryptoquotes.
She is survived by her brother, Vincent Badaloni of West Hartford; nieces, Valerie Molendyk of Placentia, Calif. and Joyce O'Sullivan of Oakdale; and by several nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Bernice Podurgiel and Elizabeth (Badaloni) Rheaume; and by her brother, Eugene Badaloni.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, June 11, 2012, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Mausoleum in Norwich.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Pearl's memory may be made to the NFA Foundation Annual Fund or to Sheltering Arms in Norwich.
To leave a message of condolence for Pearl's family, please visit her memorial at www.churchandallen.com
The Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. Norwich, is entrusted with arrangements.
Published in The Day on June 8, 2012