Cassandra Ann Pistorius, Ph.D.
Marlton - Cassandra Ann Pistorius, Ph.D., of Marlton, NJ passed away on January 5, 2021 due to complications stemming from COVID-19; she was 69.
Born Cassandra Ann Milligan in Whatley, AL on November 18, 1951, she graduated from Bishop Toolen High School for Girls in Mobile, AL and, shortly thereafter, married the love of her life and husband of 51 years, Fred Pistorius, and settled in New Jersey. Cassandra completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University and, while teaching as a high school and middle school reading specialist in the Philadelphia public school system and raising five children, earned her master's degree in student personnel services from Ryder University. She retired after 35 years of teaching and went on to study pastoral counseling at Nuemann University, ultimately earning the title Dr. Pistorius and providing counselling services to disadvantaged youth.
Cassandra was a devout Catholic who was a member of St. Joan of Arc parish in Marlton, commuted over 40 miles each Sunday for 18 years to teach faith formation at St. Ann's parish in Browns Mills, served as an Ambassador at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia and was a member of the Ladies Auxillary for the Knights of St. Peter Claver.
Cassandra was also a dedicated community servant, whose passion was bettering the lives of children. In addition to being a youth volunteer for the NAACP during the turbulent late 1960s, she was active in many not-for-profit organizations where she developed many of her closest friendships, including the New Jersey Garden City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the South Jersey Chapter of the Links Incorporated, the South Jersey Chapter of the Continental Societies, Inc., where she served as president, Afro-One Community Group and Mobile's African-American Heritage Trail.
Cassandra was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother and is survived by her mother, Mary Lee; husband Fred; children Myles, Derrick, Justin, Branden and Jennifer; daughters-in-law Robin, Alicia and Ma Chengcheng; son-in-law Kevin Crow; grandchildren Nathaniel, Julia, Lila, Andrew, Henry, Olivia and Kristopher; sisters Jacqueline Hunter and Jennifer Moore; brothers Jerald Milligan and Byrnes Milligan, Jr.; brother-in-law Roderick Moore; aunt Esther Self; uncle James McNeir, Jr.; and father by adoption Byrnes Milligan, Sr.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, a private family service was at St. Joan of Arc Church
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Cassandra's name to the South Jersey chapter of the Continental Societies, Inc. (124 E. Main Street, PO Box 594, Glassboro, NJ 08028) or the New Jersey Garden City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (PO Box 556, Sicklerville, NJ 08081).
Published by Burlington County Times from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.