AMHERST - Julia Gene Belaska, 84, of 9 Chestnut St., Amherst, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her home.
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Julia was born in Troy, N.Y., one of eight children of the late Anna and Frank Belaska.
She was predeceased by her sisters Rose Springer, Mary Matter, and brothers John Belaska, Peter Belaska, Henry Belaska, Joseph Belaska and Frank Belaska and his wife Mary.
Julia grew up with her family in Troy, N.Y., until moving to Rome, N.Y., in 1954. She resided in Rome until 1990 when she moved to the Greenfield and in 2007 she moved to Amherst.
Julia enjoyed spending time with her friends, listening to music, reading letters and cards, cooking, doing arts and crafts and was always willing to help out. She enjoyed celebrating all holidays with lavish parties. Julia was a very loving individual and regularly attended religious services in her home. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her gentle spirit and fire.
Julia leaves her dear housemates Madeline, Alice and Pauline; many devoted caregivers from Behavioral Health Network; her friends and caregivers from Baroco; as well as her beloved great-niece Jeanne Henderson of Ruskin, Fla.
A graveside service for Julia will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Wildwood Cemetery, 70 Strong St., Amherst, followed by a memorial celebration of her life in the Community Room at the Jean Elder House, 9 Chestnut St., Amherst. There are no calling hours and the O'Brien Funeral Home, 17 Clark St., Easthampton, has been entrusted with all arrangements.
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O'Brien Funeral Home
17 Clark Street Easthampton, MA 01027
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 11, 2014