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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Phone: (231) 723-1117
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Hyacinth Badalamente

Hyacinth V. Badalamente (Klement)

Wednesday, December 10th, 1930 - Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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Obituary

Hyacinth V. Badalamente, 90, of Manistee, MI & Avon Park, FL, with family at her side, peacefully left her earthly home on Monday, February 22, 2021.

Hyacinth was born December 10, 1930, in Waukechon, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Griepp) Klement. After graduation from Shawano High school, Hyacinth attended Columbia School of Nursing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, earning her RN degree. While in Milwaukee she met David Badalamente and they were married on June 13, 1953. After their marriage they initially settled in Muskegon, MI before moving to Manistee in 1955. In 1959 they purchased the Gambles Hardware, later Dave’s True Value, which they operated until their retirement in 1996.

During their years in Manistee Hyacinth was both an Obstetrics & Delivery nurse and an Intensive Care nurse, first at Mercy Hospital and then after taking time off to raise children, at West Shore Hospital. She always loved to garden and had both a large vegetable garden and flower gardens for years.

After retiring Hyacinth and David enjoyed traveling through much of our country in their motor home. They finally decided to snowbird at Lake Bonnet Village in Avon Park, Florida, during the winter months. After Dave passed in 2006, Hyacinth continued her love of driving and travel, and toured the country in her small motor home on her way to and from Florida. Her friends at Lake Bonnet Village became Hy’s family for half the year, filling the void the loss of her beloved husband left. In 2018, at the age of 87, Hyacinth realized a dream to travel internationally and spent three weeks touring Europe on a river cruise, thanks to the encouragement from her Manistee coffee clutch friends.

Hyacinth was a member of First Baptist Church in Manistee and the Lake Bonnet Village Fellowship in Florida.
Hyacinth is survived by: her children and their spouses, David D. (Sue) Badalamente of Manistee, Gail Badalamente of Manistee, Tia (Jim) Alexander of Burlington, WI, Keith (Kathie) Badalamente of Roswell, GA Keven (Caroline) Badalamente of Wayland; two grandsons and their spouses Clay (Meredith) Alexander and Luke (Zoe) Alexander; and two great grandchildren James & Emma Alexander; brother Jonathan (Marilyn) Klement of Sagamore Hills, OH. and by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Vicki Jo, her husband David, her parents, and her brother David.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, February 27 at First Baptist Church in Manistee with Pastor Philip Harrell officiating. Family will receive visitors at the church for the hour before the service. Internment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano, WI.

The family requests that those wishing to remember Hyacinth consider a gift to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

The family is being served by the Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Manistee, MI. Please share a memory at www.oakgrovefh.com.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 27th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 27th, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    First Baptist Church
    Address
    1201 Lakeshore Rd.
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 27th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, February 27th, 2021 2:00pm
    Location
    First Baptist Church
    Address
    1201 Lakeshore Rd.
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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Fred Pahl Posted at 03:53pm

Hyacinth graduated at the top of our 1949 High School class of 141 in Shawano, WI. It was a pleasure to see her in later years when she attended our high school reunions. Unfortunately she missed our 70th anniversary reunion in 2019 because of a mix-up in dates. My wife and I were very pleased when she surprised us at our home in Appleton, WI a week later. I will always remember her as a natural beauty inside and out, and will be sharing the news of her passing with several of her remaining classmates. Our very sincere condolences to the family. Fred and Barbara Pahl
 
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Tia Alexander Posted at 07:06pm

Thank you Galen! What a beautiful tribute for a plant lover!
 
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Tia Alexander Posted at 07:09pm

Fred, I'm so glad you found mom's obituary. I wanted to let you know and wasn't sure how to make contact. I'm so glad we stopped to see you in 2019, she was so disappointed about mixing up the dates but so glad we made the trip anyways.
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randall.griepp@mountsinai.org

Posted at 04:57pm
Memories of Hyacinth

Hyacinth was ten years older than I, and as a child she was to me, as I suspect to others of my contemporaries, the personification of what a beautiful princess should look and act like. I was a bit upset when David Badalamente appeared on the scene and carried her off. I had nurtured a faint hope that she would wait for me to grow up.

Hyacinth’s wedding in 1953 at the Klement Farm was one of the social highlights of the extended families, and set a precedent and a standard for the several family reunions that would follow several decades later. I also remember how Jon, Winston, and I secretly trashed the car that was to take the married couple off for their honeymoon. Of course, the newlyweds were one step ahead; they had another car hidden in the barn, and the next day Hyacinth explained to Jon and me that some terrible people had made a mess of Dave’s car, and would we mind cleaning it up!

Over the years, as I got to know Hyacinth as a fellow grownup I came to appreciate just what an exceptional person she was. In my view, she metamorphosed from the fairy princess to the elegant and self-assured woman that we all knew. Following the example of her mother, she was a liberated woman long before the political movement appeared. I am sure that for her children, her professional colleagues, and others in her life, there was never much doubt about what she thought, and what was the right thing to do.

It was a privilege to know and to be related to Hyacinth. She was an exceptional person; we will all miss her.

Randall B. Griepp
 
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Tia Alexander Posted at 07:08pm

Randall, Thank you for those memories! Love the wedding car story. And yes she was ahead of her time and an exceptional lady.
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Fell Janet

Posted at 09:40am
I have a wonderful memory of having coffee with Hy at my home & we both reminisce about being OB nurses. What a blessed & beautiful women she was, along with her daughter Tia. Our heartfelt condolences.
Tom & Janet Fell
 
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Tia Alexander Posted at 07:10pm

Thank you Janet! Mom so enjoyed that coffee with you!
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Florene Stultz

Posted at 05:56pm
I worked for Hy & Dave at the True Value store. They were a joy to work for. All have many memories of fishing with them on their boat. Many times of enjoying coffee at the Big Boy after church. My thoughts & prayers go out to the families.
 
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Tia Alexander Posted at 07:12pm

Florene, I'm so glad you found this. I wasn't sure how to contact you. Mom and Dad so loved the time they spent with you and Harry. Thank you for your remembrances!
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Ann Dreyer

Posted at 11:23am
Tia and Jim, David and Sue, Gail, Keith and Kathie, and Keven and Caroline and your entire family, our love and prayers are with all of you as you grieve the loss of Hyacinth. She really was an incredible woman. May your many memories comfort you during this time as you both miss her and celebrate her life. Warmly, John and Ann Dreyer
 
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Tia Alexander Posted at 07:13pm

Thank you so much Ann! I'm so glad we have been able to get to know each others mothers over the years. What a blessing they have been to our lives. Thanks for your prayers!
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