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Julia "Judy" C. Cavano

AGE: 85 •

Julia C. "Judy" Cavano (nee Capelianis), 85, died peacefully on January 24, 2017 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, surrounded by loving family members.

Born in Lowell, MA, Julia moved as a young child to Schenectady, NY where she graduated from Nott Terrace High School and Spencer Business College. While employed as a secretary at The General Electric Co., she met the love of her life, Kenneth E. Cavano. The two wed in 1955, a marriage that lasted 51 years.

Julia devoted her life to raising her family, initially in Clinton, New York and then in 1971, in North East, PA. It was here that she capitalized on the family's large garden, canning vegetables and creating sauces that lasted throughout the long winter. Her currant raspberry jelly, made with fruit she hand-picked, was prized by friends and family members.

Julia was the seventh and youngest child born of Greek immigrant parents, Christos Capelianis and Constantina Birbilis, and took tremendous pride in her ethnic heritage. She was revered for her culinary skills, especially the assortment of Greek delicacies she baked during the holiday season. She later passed on this expertise, presenting each of her grandchildren with a small wooden box containing her hand-printed recipes.

Affectionately known among friends and family members as Yia-Yia, (Greek for Grandma), mothering was Julia's ultimate role -- whether it was nurturing and guiding her own offspring and their spouses, her grandchildren or those in her wide circle of friends.

For decades, Julia was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, capable of quoting obscure statistics dating back to the Mickey Mantle years. She was an equally enthusiastic reader, burning through espionage thrillers, mysteries and historic novels.

In her later years, Julia moved to the New Jersey Shore to be closer to family. A member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove, she particularly enjoyed the early Sunday morning praise service.

Sipping her trademark cup of black coffee each morning, she loved watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean from her apartment on the 18th floor of the Asbury Towers.

Julia is predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Kenneth E. Cavano as well as three brothers, George, twins George and James and a sister, Xenia; She is survived by two sisters, Helen Cernik and Betty Capelianis, Schnectady, New York; as well as a sister-in-law, Carmen Capelianis, San Diego, CA; her four children and their spouses, Kurt and Janet Mazur Cavano; Ocean Grove; Michael and Sandra King Cavano, Norfolk, VA; Thomas and Gwen Olinger Cavano, Loveland, Ohio; Barbara and Ronald Carlucci, Bradley Beach, as well as her grandchildren: Nicholas, (Kimberly); Matthew (Allison), Katharina, Julianna, Kayla, Emma and Aidan, as well as a great-granddaughter, Nora, several nephews and a niece.

The visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM on Friday, January 27, 2016 at the Ely Funeral Home, Neptune, NJ. The funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 28, 2016 at the Ely Funeral Home, Neptune follow by the burial in Hamilton Cemetery, Neptune.

Those wishing to make a donation in her memory may contribute to the Angel Fund of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Ocean Grove, which provides funding for local families in acute need. Condolences may also be offered online at www.elyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, 2017
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