Sophie Julia Badger was born in Rome, New York in 1940. She has two surviving sisters, Bernice and Debbie.
She met her husband, Jerry Badger in Rome, New York in 1960 while he was serving in the Air Force. They got engaged after just two weeks of knowing each other, and were married 4 months later. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November 2020. Sophie and Jerry have three children: Wanda, Laura and Brian. They have four grandchildren: Jennifer, Julie, Paul and Natalia. They have one great-grandson, Kai.
Sophie and Jerry moved to Albany in 1968. Sophie worked for Albany Public Schools from 1972 to 2001. She worked at South Shore Elementary, the media center, and at Periwinkle Elementary.
Sophie was an active parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albany. She supported many different ministries. Sophie enjoyed exercising at the pool, camping with family and friends, playing cards, cooking, baking, gardening and working in her yard.
Sophie was always active and healthy until her recent diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. She passed away at home with loved ones on June 16, 2021.
Sophie was a great wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Sophie was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed, but we know she is happy in heaven.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albany on Thursday, July 1st, at 11:00am, with a rosary service preceding mass at 10:15am.
AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home handled the arrangements (www.aasum-dufour.com).
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