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2203 Avenue Z
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: 718-743-8459
Fax: 718-743-8872
Amalia Malchiodi Cadieli

Amalia Malchiodi Cadieli

Sunday, October 26th, 1930 - Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
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Obituary

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.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 7th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 7th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    English Bros. Funeral Home
    Address
    2203 Avenue Z
    BROOKLYN, NY 11235
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    English Bros. Funeral Home
    Address
    2203 Avenue Z
    BROOKLYN, NY 11235
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 | 9:30am
    When
    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 9:30am
    Location
    Saint Mark Church
    Address
    2609 E. 19 Street
    BROOKLYN, NY 11235
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    Officiant
    Rev. Michael Panicali
  • Interment

    Location
    Calvary Cemetery
    Address
    49-02 Laurel Hill Blvd.
    Woodside, NY 11377
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Dennis Riddle

Posted at 04:27pm
A good neighbor. We hope to see her again in the resurrection. At John 5 : 28, 29 " all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, ". Amalia was one of those good common sense people. She would loudly exclaim about the dirty stairwell, " it's disgusting " , then she would promptly sweep and mop it herself. I'm privileged she shared pictures of her childhood home and heard some stories of how life was for her family. Those qualities of hard working loving parents were instilled for life.
We share your grief as also having loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. As at Romans 8 : 22 " all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now ". Thankfully the God of all comfort, 2 Corinthians 1 : 3 , gave us a hope. We are looking forward to eternal life when sickness and death will be done away with. Revelation 21 : 3, 4.
Dennis and Meng Hooi Riddle
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