Dr. Rosolia Cioffi

DR. ROSOLIA CIOFFI was born June 21, 1916 to Vincent and Caroline Cioffi. Her family lived at 325-327 Mount Vernon Street in Camden.

At the time of the January 1920 Census the Cioffi family lived at 1123 South 2nd Street. Dr. Cioffi's grandfather, Alfonso Cioffi, a carpenter, was the head of the family. He had come to America in 1892 and in 1895 his wife Rosalina and sons Antonio, Thomas, and Vincent arrived. All three sons lived at the South 2nd Street address, as well as Vincent and Caroline's four children. Vincent Cioffi was then working as a barber.

By 1930 Vincent Cioffi was working as an officer for the City of Camden, he later worked as an truant officer, and may have already been serving as such when the Census was taken in that year. At this time Vincent and Caroline Cioffi had bought a home at 325 Mount Vernon Street, and the family then had seven children, grandmother Rosalina, and uncles Thomas and Antonio.

After finishing her education, Dr. Cioffi taught in the Camden public school system. She was promoted in short order, and by 1947 she was serving as the principal of the Kaighn Public School at 1102 Newton Avenue. She was later employed in an executive capacity by the school system as the High School Curriculum Specialist, and she taught education classes at the Rutgers University South Jersey campus in Camden. 

After retiring she lived in Cherry Hill NJ. Dr. Cioffi passed away on February 9, 1989. She rests with her parents and young brother Thomas at New Camden Cemetery.

Camden Courier-Post - June 15, 1933

Commencement Next Thursday to Be Institution's Farewell;
Becomes Academic Next September; Veteran Teachers to Retire

Commencement exercises of Camden High School will be held June 22 when diplomas will be presented to 264 students. 

It will be the thirty-fourth and last annual commencement as Camden High School. 
In September it will become Camden Academic High School under a reorganization plan that creates also a Camden Commercial High School, at what now is Woodrow Wilson Junior High School.

It will be the last class to be presented by Miss Clara S. Burrough, principal. She retires this month after 33 years as the head of the school and 44 years in the Camden school system. 

Five Honor Students 

The honor students are Esther E. Hill, Clara E. Marie Krause, Robert Knox Bishop, Caroline Emhof and Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe. Bishop was selected by a committee of the faculty to represent the boys of the class and will deliver an essay on "Capital Punishment and Modern Civilization." Miss Krause was selected by the committee to represent the girls. Her essay will be "Music and Moods." 

Judge Harold B. Wells, Bordentown, will be the principal orator. Samuel E. Fulton, president of the board of education, will present the diplomas. 

The high school orchestra will present its annual program under the leadership of Miss Lucy Dean Wilson. Miss Wilson is also retiring after 37 years' service. 

The Graduates 

The graduates are: Richard Adam, Nicholas Angelastro, Harry L. Bantle, Jr., Milton J. Barag, James Allen Barlow, Omar N. Barth, Leon Battaglia, John M. Bauer, Jr., Harold Berlin.

Michael A. Billy, Robert Knox Bishop, Alfred Bisti, Henry Blaszczynski, R. Walter Blattenberger, Samuel Joseph Bloodgood, Robert Lea Boertzel, Angelo Borghero, Thaddeus Bozymowski, Joseph Nicholson Bray, Harold Leon Brook, Kenneth Brown, Preston Huntington Brown, Allen Budinger, Joseph V. Caputi, John Carter, Otaldo Chierici, Alfred B. Christiansen, Jr ., Samuel Cohen, William Connell, Leon W. Crane, Jr., and Louis W. Cranmer. 
Alfonso John Davis, John B. Deacon, Morris DiAngelo, Filiberto DiMambro, Louis DiMartine, J. Donald Dollarton, William Dorfman, Frank Dunkelberger, Isadore Dvinsky, Melville Joseph Ellis, Louis Engleman, Gustave Essig, Charles Falkinburg, Paul Felsberg, Joseph Flood, Carlton A. Frew, Elmer Friedberg, Bennie S. Giletto, Horace Goehringer, Donald T. Gondolf, William H. Griffing and John A. Groch. 

Michael Haday, Walter Hadtke, George Lynch Hallowell, Harry H. Haltzman, Ellwood S. Hare Jr., C. Albertus Hewitt, George Hildrew, Leon Hoffman. Charles Horwitz, Charles E. Howison, Herbert C. Hungridge, Albert C. Hurley Jr., J. Edward Jaques, Joseph Jensen, Robert T. Johnson, Morris Katz and Maurice T. Kirk. 

Leonard Knecht, George R. Krattenmaker, Stanley Krystek, Joseph Lavitt, William F. Leidenroth, Paul Lightman, Joseph Litowitz, Stephen Lustina, George Edward MacKnight, Edward F. Mazur, Frank Mazza Jr., George S. McClain. Joseph McDermott, James McPhillips, Edward McVaugh, Allen R. Messick, Jr., Henshaw Miles, Lewes W. Miller, Louis E. Miller, Philip Moeszinger, William Russell Moll, John Murrow, Ralph Obus, Chester Orlik, Martin Parrangian and Francis Pomeroy Patterson.

Stanley T. Pawlak, Joseph Franklin Peel, James B. Peterson, William Pikus, Henry Pogroszewski, John Albert Quillin, Henry Redlus, Frank L. Helter, Wilson Allen Rickenbach, F. Leland Rose, Norman Rose, Bernard David Rosen, Milton Rose, Harold Raoul Rudnitsky, N. Harry Ruttenberg, William A. Samalonis, William T. Seaman, Jr., Carl Seifling, Alexander Serotkin, Harry R. Sharp, Jr., and Warren R. Smith. 

Albert Soloff, Leon Sosnow, Carl Southard, Aaron Spiegel, Elijah J. Stevenson, Jr., Herbert Leonard Steelman, William Henry Harrison Swope, Harry Dudley Teat Jr., Preston Thomas Jr., John Tisso, Rico Tiziani, Ralph Troupe, Alfred Vitarelli, Samuel J. Watters, William C. R. Weber, Jr., Charles Wexlin, Charles S. Whiley, Howard P. Whilldin, Charles C. Wright and Leonard M. Zondler.

Mae Baler Anderson, Elizabeth Austermuhl, Edna May Avis, Sara T. Bakley, Rose Bardock, Rose Muriel Barnes, Ethel R. Bene, Mildred Berkowitz, Josephine Biasi, Martha May Bierschenk, Sylvia Evelyn Binder, Elizabeth Ruth Bobo, Frances Bonamassa, W. Evelyn Bond, Ruth Rebecca Brennan, Ann F. Budd, Louise Ellen Bunstein, Ruth Burgess, Dorothy Butcher, Dorothea W. Campbell, Rose Mae Carey, Martha Adele Chapman, Rosolia Cioffi, Bertha Carolyn Clayton, Mildred Adele Cooper, Julia A. Dahl and Helen Elizabeth Donaghy. 

Jeanette Donien, Mary D'Oria, Sarah Hewett Doughten, Sara Duncan, Mildred Ruth Eggart, Martha Ellender, Caroline Emhof, Marjorie Euster, Anna Mae Joan Fields, Florence B. Fireman, Grace Fletcher, Bernice Fuhrman, Solo Gibbons, Rosalia Halicks, Florence Hallowell, Dorothy E. Hamilton, Olga Margaret Hardecker, Augusta E. Harrison, Beatrice Louise Hart, Grace E. hemphill, and Anne E. Hesbacker.

Esther E. Hill, Lillian Viola Himmelein, Naomi Hofflinger, Frances Letitia Ingram, Mary Adele Jennings, Eleanor Margaret Johns, Mildred Ruth Jordan, Mary Louise King, Margaret M. Klenzing, Clara E. Marie Krause, Mary Martha Kreher, Ruth M. Lafferty, Minerva G. Lagakos, Mary M. Lambersky, Lola Eleanor Linthicum, Judith E. Lord, Dorothy H. Lynn, Ellzabeth Maguire, Ida Elisabeth Marland, W. Bertha Mattes, Theresa Mazza, Ruth F. Melnik, Helen Mills. 

Florence Molotsky, Miriam G. Morris, Eleanor Mae Nichols, Margaret B. Osborne, Dorothy Mae Osmond, Verna G. Otten, Alice E. Patryck, Amella L. Patten, Irene Peard, Beatrice E. Perry, Jennie K. Radziewicz, Evelyn Harriet Ratcliffe, Elizabeth M. Reid, Kathryn Van Dyke Richardson, Emma V. Riedinger, F. Mildred Riegraf, Emma Beatrice Ritchards, Marion M. Roberts, Doris Jean Rosenberg.

Sylvia Rosenberg, Jeannette Rozner, Catherine C. Ruggiero. Sadie M. Santanello, Almira M. Schofield, Kathryn V. Seybold, Ruth Lourin Shapiro, Pearl B. Sherman, Virginia N. Simensen, Lillian B. Simons, Pauline Lee Siris and Florence M. Sklllon.

Angeleen M. Smiechowskl, Mildred Elsie Smith, Grace V. Sochacki, Lillian Amelia Starke, Sally Stein, Irene L. Stern, Inez Rae Strubel, Verna E. Styer, Sabina Stypa, S. Frances Sullivan, Doris Gwendolyn Taylor, Betty H. Taylor, Geneva M. Terranova, Margaret E. Treble, Henrietta Varbalow, Cecelia Pearl Vaughan, Madeline Waeckel, Wllletta A. Warner, Adele Alberta Wegrzynak, Rose Weinberg, Joyce V. Willis, Dorothy E. Wilson, Helen E. Yusk, Rae Zeit and Ruth Meriam Zilz.

Camden Courier-Post - June 24, 1933

Scholastic and Athletic Presentations for 1932-33 Session Are Made

Honor and athletic awards for the second half year of the 1932-33 school session were awarded in assembly yesterday to seniors, juniors and, sophomores of the Camden High School.

Thomas W. Trembath, acting principal in the absence of Miss Clara S. Burrough, presented the awards.

Esther Hill, who Thursday at commencement exercises was awarded the alumni scholarship as the first honor student, added to her laurels yesterday when she was presented with the Jennings Hood award, a bronze plaque, for outstanding work in the commercial department.

In addition, with Charlotte Tomlinson and Mildred Smith, she was awarded the gold pin, highest award for excellence in all-round athletics.

White certificates were awarded to first year recipients; purple certificates for two years and gold for three.

Honor certificates: Esther Hill, Evelyn Ratcliffe, scholarship and attendance; Clara Krause, Robert Bishop, Caroline Emhof, scholarship; Elwood Hare, Lillian Himmelein, Betty Taylor, Martha Chapman, Harry Teat, attendance.

Gold merit certificate: Leland Rose, student activities.

Purple merit certificate: Irving Zeibman, Hazel Hemingway, Florence Dean, scholarship.

White, merit certificate, senior and junior: Omar Barth, Virginia Simensen, Mary Galloppi, Ann Schaeffer, Constance DiGiuseppe, Sophie Lozek, scholarship.

White merit certificates, sophomore: Martin Ravitch, Ruth Adams, Alice Austermuhl, Sylvia Katz, Lea Blacker, Myrtle Selby, Ray Weiner.

Baseball certificate and letter: Felix Meschini, Walter Nowak, Emilio Iannetta, purple; Wharton Seward, Angelo Borghero, Samuel Cohen, Frank Logandro, Bernard Fisher, William Denof, Eugene Hartline, William McLaughlin, Samuel McDermott, Joseph Matera, Samuel Cobb, white.

Track certificates and letter: Stephen Schuster, Irving Johnson, purple; Charles Myers, William McLaughlin, Anthony Tumminia. Harry Lorusso, Joseph Sandone; Albert Solloff, Arthur Colsey, James Vuividos, Benjamin Jones, white.

Tennis letter and white certificates.

Herman Weiner, Leonard Hoffman, George Foster, Edward Schumann, Robert Galanter, George Horwitz, Herbert Stollman.

Gold pin award for greatest number of points earned in athletics during entire matriculation: Esther Hill, Charlotte Tomlinson, Mildred Smith.

Silver pins: Bertha Mattes, Irene Peard, Dorothy Osmand, Beatrice Heart.

A.A. monograms: Elizabeth Bobo, Anna Mae Fields, Beatrice Heart, Theresa Mazza, Irene Peard, Mildred Smith, Charlotte Tomlinson, Christine Wilson, Carolyn Garrison, Frances Bonamassa, Mildred Eggart, Florence Howell, Esther Hill, Dororthy Osmond, Dorothy Lynn, Hazel Daisey, Cathryn Seybold, Frances Winokur, Alice Patryk, Caroline Emhof, Verna Otten, Mae Anderson, Dorothy Knowles, Florence Bryen, Ida Marini, Janet Spangler, Rose Mascariello, Eleanor Smith, Almira Vaughn, Beatrice Barish, Florence Szymankiewicz, Edith Predmore, Iola Amos, Miriam Mangeny, Kathryn Schoply, Eve Collins, Dorothy Fest, Ray Winokur;

Red Cross awards: Iola Amos, Beatrice Barish, Violet Barron, Florence Beatty, Irene Campbell, Florence Dean, Louise Deuter, Constance Di Giuseppe, Violet Duszynski, Frances Farnsworth, Doris Fox, Carolyn Garrison, Vivian Heard, Hazel Hemingway, Viola Lalli, Mildred Lentz, Sophie Lozek, Mary Martin, Bertha Mayhew, Mamie Silverman, Mary Stafford, Helen Tyler.

Health club awards: Esther Hill, Caroline Emhof, Evelyn Ratcliffe, Helen Donaghy, Catherine Ruggiero, Bertha Clayton, Lillian Himmelein, Sabina Stypa, Rosolia Cioffi, Elizabeth Taylor, Verna Otten, Theresa Mazza, Ruth Burgess, Florence Molotsky, Almira Schofield, Margaret Klenzing.

"Treble Clef" awards, orchestra:

Charles Hall, Bernard Tool, Jack Lukoff, John Asay, Edward Junikka, Daniel Glass, James Hoffner, Clover Winter, Bernard Rosen, Isadore Dvinsky, Robert Bishop, Frederick Domm, Elizabeth Deibert, Alfred Bisti, Rose Halicks, Leonard Zondler, Walter McClelland; Auditorium Force, Marion Roberts, Willetta Warner, Annabelle Murphy, Margaret Klenzing, Verna Otten, Rose Bardock; Lantern Operator, Donald Schwollow, Lindley Sullivan.

Cheer leading emblem: William Moll, Charles Long, Preston Brown, James Fiume, Michael Fiume, Rhoda Reed, Ella Lane, Florence Clifford and Ethel Kingsland.

Drop kicking award: Fred Leap..

Camden Courier-Post

May 22, 1945

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Joseph Balzano, 11, Selected As City’s No. 1 Young Citizen

 By Daniel P. McConnell

Camden’s outstanding young citizen for 1945, Joseph Balzano, Jr., a sixth grade pupil at Kaighn School, wants to be a "bone doctor" so that he can help other children get well again.

Last night before an audience of more than 500 adults and pupils this courageous youngster, the son of a longshoreman, accepted with calm dignity and a radiant smile the tumultuous applause that greeted the announcement he had been picked for this high honor in the annual contest sponsored by the Camden Lodge of Moose.

Known only to a few of the audience that taxed the capacity of the city hall commission chamber was the father of the “champ”, Joseph Balzano Sr., who after quitting work in Philadelphia rushed to Camden in time to hear his son called to the platform to receive a certificate naming him the out­standing citizen of his own school.

The audience virtually shrieked its approval of young Joe's selection. His surprised and excited father naturally jumped up and down for joy as the lad, attired in a gray suit with long trousers walked to the platform where he was received by Stan Lee Broza, director of the radio "Children's Hour" program; Dr. Ethan A. Lang, governor of the local lodge of Moose; Mayor Brunner and Supreme Court Justice Donges, Past Supreme Governor of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Broza presented the outstanding youth plaque to the winner. Justice Donges gave a plaque to Miss Emilia Corda, 16, of 1104 South Fourth Street, Camden High School junior, winner of the second award. Dr. Lang also gave a plaque to James Zitz, 16, of 702 Florence Street, Camden Catholic High School junior, who won the third award.

Suffered Blood Poisoning

Young Joe Balzano never dreamed as he lay on his pain-wracked cot in Hahnemann Hospital in January and February last year that this great honor would come to him. Joe had blood poisoning in his left leg. He suffered excruciating pain.

When the doctors stuck needles in his leg every two hours, day after day, he never cried. He only wanted to do one thing- go back to school.

When he was brought home he was told he could not go to schoo1. Members of the Camden Board of Education, of which Dr. Lang is president, assigned Miss Clara Mantini to give him home instructions. That was almost like going to school. Joe went back top school and ended the term in the upper quarter of his class, Miss Mantini said.

After he was whisked into a side room to escape well-wishers, fellow pupils and pothers who wanted to shake his hand, this typical American lad, taking it all in stride sat down to be interviewed.

Tells of Ambition

"My ambition in life is to be a bone doctor,” he said. “While I was in the hospital I watched the doctors and nurses who treated me so fine. They told me I would walk again, and I did. I want to be that kind of doctor so I can help other boys and girls who were stricken as I was. I want to do something when I become a man to show my gratitude for what was done for me by the doctors in the Hahnemann hospital.”

Obtaining a perfect score of 80 points in the contest, young Balzano was rated for courtesy, kindness, trustworthiness, sportsmanship, cleanliness, obedience, thrift, loyalty, reverence, leadership, cooperation, punctuality, init­iative, leisure time activities, school activities- extra curricula and social attitude.

His regular teacher, Miss Rosolia Cioffi, gave him a testimonial to the judges. She lauded his courageous spirit, among other attributes.

Rev. Michael Argullo, acting pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, had this to say about Joe. "He is an outstanding boy endowed with many fine qualities. He is a boy of fine character, manly, a good sport, faithful to his religious duties and has the necessary qualifications for the honor of the outstanding young citizen."

Miss Mantini, who taught him at home, added this: "He is pleasant, good natured and above all, a courageous boy. I have never known him to complain. There are many words I could us to describe Joe, but 1 prefer you see and speak to him personally.

Mrs. John Beskett, director of recreation, Deaconess Home and Community center, also praised the citizen award winner. As a member of the center’s boys club, she said, he accepts responsibility, is honest, trustworthy, ambitious and is willing at all times to help others.

The winner and the two runners up will receive two additional awards. Sunday all will appear on the "Children's Hour" broadcast over WCAU at 11.30 AM.

Going to Washington

In addition, they will be taken ion a two-day trip to Washington. The escorts will be Justice and Mrs. Donges.

Mayor Brunner said the three winners and each of those picked as outstanding citizen of the other public and parochial schools are the future citizens of the community, state and nation. The mayor congratulated all the outstanding young citizens and praised the local lodge of Moose for conducting its second annual award program.

Offering his congratulations, Justice Donges warned against optimism over the early end of the war with Japan. Sacrifices on the home front, he added, must be endured until the victory is won.

Dr. Lang presided at the exercises. Rev. William L. McKeever, assistant rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, gave the invocation. Vocal selections were given by the Cooper School choir under the direction of Mrs. Anna Malloy. Rev. Everett W. Palmer, pastor of Centenary-Tabernacle Methodist Church, offered benediction.

Among: those attending were Leon N. Neulen, superintendent of public schools; Daniel R. Weigle, executive vice-president, county Chamber of Commerce; David Balsam, director of youth activities, Federation of Jewish Charities, and Mrs. Alice K. Predmore, member of the Camden Board of Education.

"... Dr. Rosolia Cioffi....  she taught at Rutgers the College of South Jersey in Camden in the 1960's. There is a picture of her in my 1965 yearbook saying she taught Education classes, training future teachers, and had a Doctor of Education degree. I never had her as a professor, but I do remember her as always having a ready smile and saying "hello" when I saw her, a very pleasant lady.

Darlene Haggas Arendt
May 25, 2005