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UAlbany Loses Beloved Cafeteria Worker

April 27, 2010

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Mrs. Badi with students

Mrs. Tina Badi worked at UAlbany for more than half a century, and enjoyed interacting with students. The word "retirement" was not in her vocabulary. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Tina Badi, 93, a beloved University at Albany cafeteria worker, whose warmth and sense of humor put students at ease and made them feel at home, died April 25 at Albany Memorial Hospital after being stricken at home.

Mrs. Badi was a cashier at UAlbany for more than a half century and was still working for Chartwells, UAlbany's food service provider.

Known for wearing funny pins that were conversation starters with students, she chose to work 35 hours a week rather than stay at home after her husband John passed away in the 1970s.

Calling hours are today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rockefeller Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Tpk., Rensselaer, N.Y. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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