March 3rd, 2020
We honor the passing of Julia T. Cavicchio, 90, formerly of Southwest Philadelphia, who passed away on Saturday, February 29 at Crozer Keystone Hospice at Taylor Hospital.
She was the beloved wife of the late Alfonzo Cavicchio, and was preceded in death by her daughter Julia, her three brothers, and her parents. She is survived by her children, Maria Cavicchio; Carolyn Cavicchio; Stephen Cavicchio and his wife Lanina; Lisa Oakes and her husband Chris; and her much loved grandchildren Sara, Thomas, Emily, Catie, and Maddie.
A first-generation American whose parents came to the United States from Italy, Julia was a lifelong resident of the Delaware Valley, raised in St. Clement’s parish and moving just a few blocks away to St. Barnabas parish after marriage. A graduate of Bartram High School, she worked as a bookkeeper for General Electric at its SW Philadelphia plant before starting a family. She actively supported her children’s involvement with the Catholic Youth Organization, and was a long-time volunteer with the library and convent of St. Barnabas School. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus.
Julia loved music and dance, and met her husband, Al, at Wagner’s Ballroom in Philadelphia; big band and swing music was a constant feature in their home. A voracious reader, she encouraged a similar love of reading in all her children and grandchildren. She loved arts and crafts, donating hand-crafted items to the flea markets she ran for many years as a fundraiser for St. Barnabas. In her later years, she was a resident of Boothwyn, PA, Wilmington, DE, and Chadds Ford, PA.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Charles Vance on Friday, March 6th at 11am at St. Barnabas Church, 6300 Buist Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19142. Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday evening from 7-8pm at the Joseph A. Ward Funeral Home, 1459 Market Street, Linwood PA and again on Friday morning from 10-11am in church. Immediately following Mass, burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the hospice in Julia’s memory may be sent to the attention of Director Kim Samuels, Crozer-Keystone Hospice, 200 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064.