Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Barbara Reed-Trombetta, police officer, died of melanoma

Barbara Reed-Trombetta, police officer, died of melanoma

Barbara Ann Reed-Trombetta, 67, a Philadelphia police officer from 1979 to 1994, died of melanoma on Thursday, Aug. 1, at her home in North Cape May

She worked in the Sixth District at 11th and Winter Streets before spending the second part of her police career as a court liaison. 

After a family member who was a police officer was killed in the line of duty in 1985, she decided to work with the courts, her husband, Stephen, a former Philadelphia police officer, said. 

Born in Roxborough, she graduated from the John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School and completed courses in narcotics prevention conducted by the Police Department. 

Before becoming a police officer, she was a clerk for a pharmacy in Manayunk. The Trombettas moved to the Jersey Shore in 1994, where she had been the office manager for a physician in Cape May Court House since 1997, her husband said. 

Since 2004, he said, she also had worked on weekends in emergency room registration at Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House. 

Besides her husband Stephen, she is survived by sons William and Robert White, stepsons Stephen and Patrick Trombetta, stepdaughter Marybeth Lolli, a brother, and nine grandchildren. 

She is also survived by former husband Peter White. A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Radzieta Funeral Home, 9 Hand Ave., Cape May Court House. 

Donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, Box 759329, Baltimore, Md., 21275-9329.

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