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Judith "Judy" (Malpica) Miragliuolo

April 5, 1948 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Judith "Judy" Miragliuolo Obituary

Judith Miragliuolo (lovingly known as Judy) passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2024, with her family by her side at the age of 75.Judy grew up in Manhattan, NY, on 107th Street between 5th Ave and Madison Ave. She lived across the street from Central Park, where she had many treasured childhood memories of walking and playing at the park with her friends and family. At the age of 14, Judy relocated with her family to Staten Island (Midland Beach), where she was able to spend her days only a few blocks from the beach. It was here that her great love affair with the shore began, spending days having a picnic with her friends by the waves. That was also the year that Judy dedicated her life to the Lord, and her love of Jesus permeated everything she did thereafter. Judy graduated from Ralph McKee Career and Technical High School in 1966. Immediately after graduation, she began her career at the Beneficial Corporation in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. However, Judy felt a tug on her heart for a greater purpose, which led her to Faith Bible College in Maine, where she studied Business and Christian Ministries. Her time at Faith Bible College started Judy on a path that would lead her to Burlington, NJ, where she got a job at Farmers and Mechanics Bank as Mortgage Loan Processor and met the love of her life, John. Judy met John at a church softball game in 1976, and they were married in 1977. Together, the couple raised George and welcomed their daughter Trisha in 1979. Judy became a homemaker, enjoying her time caring for her husband and children while maintaining their lovely home. Judy and John’s home became synonymous with good food and warm friendship. Judy would tell everyone who entered her home, “Mi casa su casa. Grab a plate.” Walking into the Miragliuolo house was a culinary experience as smells of olive oil, garlic, and sofrito greeted each visitor. With John, Judy’s menu expanded from traditional Puerto Rican dishes of arroz con gandules, empanadas, and pernil to include Italian favorites like their famous meatballs in Sunday sauce. To sit at Judy and John’s table meant you were family. Everyone who knew the Miragliuolo family can share a memory of their Sunday dinners and parties. She fed her guests with more than just food–her unforgettable laugh and hospitality fed their souls. Judy passed this tradition on to her children, George and Trisha, who often host large gatherings in their homes with the same warmth and love their mother was known for. Judy volunteered in her free time at her children’s school, Life Center Academy, where she was a member of the school board for 20 years. Also, for 20 years, she organized the Labor Day Festival, which was a staple in the Burlington community for decades. Judy transitioned back to the full-time workforce in 1989 for HIP Health Plan of NJ, North Brunswick, NJ, where she was a Licensed NJ Insurance Producer. During her time with HIP, she earned many awards, including the Top Sales Award in Medicaid and Medicare in the years 1994, 1995, 1997, and 1998. She also received the President’s Club honor two consecutive years in a row. In 2002, she transferred to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, where she finished out her career and retired in 2013. Judy was a faithful member of the Fountain of Life church for almost 50 years. Judy embodied elegance with her classic style. She loved fashion and was always up to date with the latest trends and styles. Judy was an amazing friend and neighbor. Her friendliness and warm heart were a blessing to so many. In return, her friends became her family. Judy loved to travel and spend her summers in Ocean City, NJ, where she owned a beach house for many years. Walking the boards in the early morning with her friends, visiting the boutique Ta-Dah with her daughter and granddaughter, and watching her grandkids play in the sand allowed her to relive those days near Central Park and afternoons on Midland Beach. Two months before her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, she traveled to Italy with her best friend, Shirley, and granddaughter, Melina. She was able to take a ride on a gondola in Venice and throw a penny in the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Judy’s greatest loves were her children and grandchildren. Attending her grandchildren’s sporting games was one of her favorite activities. She found her greatest joy in spending time with her family. There’s an empty seat at the table now, where Judy’s presence will always be remembered and felt. Judy is predeceased by her parents Louisa and Juan Malpica, her siblings: Pedro Torres, John Malpica, Nelson (Chico) Malpica, Victoria Malpica and Judy's loving husband, John Miragliuolo. She is survived by her beloved children, George Miragliuolo (Merri) and Trisha Ekelburg (Mike). Judy is also survived by her adoring grandchildren: Melina, Gabriel, William, Michael, Megan, Mark, Antonio, and Iryna. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, and several close friends. Viewings for Judy will be held at the Fountain of Life Center, 2305 Columbus Road, Burlington on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 5-7pm. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 7pm. Viewing on Saturday, February 17, 2024 will be from 9-10am with a service of scripture and prayer with burial to follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to her Beloved Central Park Conservancy, 717 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10022 (212)310-6600 or to the American Cancer Society for Mutiple Myeloma, PO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her family from www.pagefuneralhome.com

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 16, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fountain of Life Center (Columbus Road, Burlington)

Celebration of Life
Friday
February 16, 2024

7:00 PM
Fountain of Life Center (Columbus Road, Burlington, Florence))

Visitation
Saturday
February 17, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Fountain of Life Center (Columbus Road, Burlington)

Funeral Service
Saturday
February 17, 2024

10:00 AM
Fountain of Life Center (Columbus Road, Burlington)

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