Amalia Malchiodi Cadieli-- daughter of the Swiss mountains and 65+ year lover and resident of NYC-- peacefully passed from this Earth in her home with family by her side on Tuesday, December 1 at age 90 from 9/11-related lung disease and other conditions.
Born on October 26, 1930, Amalia always felt that the small village, farmer's wife role was not for her. Having worked first in light-agriculture and occasional sheep-raising for her family when school was not in session, from age 16 she joined the bustling tourism industry in five-star hotels and also worked as a nanny for some of the luminaries she met in those establishments. Amalia resided in and saw London, Liverpool, Paris, and the Pyrenees before age 20. She met and was in service to people like Gene Kelly, Greta Garbo, Robert Capa, Peter Viertel, the Aga Khan, Budd Schulberg, and Ernest Hemingway (who personally poured her a cup of tea in his Finca Vigía home in Cuba), but she always wanted to visit America.
Settling, like so many immigrants before her, on the Lower East Side near the Five Points, this vibrant neighborhood remained her home for the majority of her life in America. Here she met and fell in love with Carlo Malchiodi and they produced a son Giancarlo who told her at age six he would become a teacher, and he did.
The "American Dream" was not easy for Amalia, but she pushed-through with determination, pride, smiles, generosity, love, and forgiveness. In her later years, her life story became a key element of the documentary film Ciao, Babylon-- about endangered languages, including her native Romansch (one of five languages in which she was fluent)-- and a more personal one entitled Amalia e Giancarlo.
She is survived and remembered by her son Giancarlo, “favorite” daughter-in-law Beth, older brother Hans and sister-in-law Cristina, sisters-in-law Angela Palumbo and Hildegard Cadieli, countless cousins, second-cousins, and nieces and nephews both here and abroad as well as the many other lives she touched throughout the years.
Viewing and Wake will be held at the English Bros. Funeral Home in Brooklyn on Monday, December 7 from 4:00-8:00PM, and Tuesday, December 8 from 2:00-6:00PM. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mark Church in Sheepshead Bay the following day.