MECHANICVILLE - Julia Serbalik Amodeo, 99, of Hudson River Rd, died peacefully on January 18, 2020 at Schuyler Ridge RHC. Born on November 15, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Ignatz and Theodosia Serbalik and wife of the late John "Harp" Amodeo who died in 2001.
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Julia was a graduate of Mechanicville High School and Mildred Elley College. During her long career, Julia worked as a legal secretary for her brother, Attorney John Serbalik and also for her brother Val at his sporting goods store, Val's. The matriarch of a large Amodeo and Serbalik family, Julia was the constant glue that held it all together. A kind hearted and generous lady who was a dainty woman by nature, she often reminded her children, "I may be small, but I have authority!"
Julia cherished time spent with family, especially on family camping trips to Fourth Lake. She was also a great cook who enjoyed travel and gardening. She was a founding member and strong supporter of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Ballston Lake.
Survivors include three daughters, Karen (Wayne) Morgan, and Kathy (Bob) Young both of Mechanicville and Kris (John) Lanchantin of Delmar and a son John (Laurie) Amodeo of Mechanicville, grandchildren Melissa(Jesse) Smith, Chris and Patrick(Amber) Morgan, Kelly(Gary) Pitcheralle, Valerie, Jillian and John Young, Danny, Jack and Alex Lanchantin, Julia and Nick Amodeo and Mike Maiello, great grandchildren Eve, Calvin, Chase and Dylan. Her beloved sister Dora Daley, brother in law, Donald “Pup” Daley and the Daley family, were an extension of her immediate family and she saw Donny, Tina, Lois and Maria, as “her children” as well. Julia is also survived by her brother-and-sister-in-law, Ernie and Maggie Amodeo and many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her son in law Wayne Morgan and siblings Val Serbalik, Anna Shakow, Olga Shevchik and John Serbalik.
Julia's family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the Schuyler Ridge RHC Fenimore Unit staff for the great care given during her stay.
Calling hours at All Saints on the Hudson Church, 121 N Main St, Mechanicville, NY 12118 on Wednesday from 3-7PM.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10AM on Thursday at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 349 Eastline Rd, Ballston Lake, NY 12019 with burial to follow at Saratoga National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Christ the Savior Church or Juvenile Diabetis Reasearch Foundation(JDRF), 950 New Loudon Road, Suite 330, Latham, New York 12110.