Julie Tvrdik

Julie Tvrdik passed away on November 4. She was 93 years old.
She was the mother of Judith Lynas of Manhattan, who is Assistant Director of Therapeutic Activity at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, New York.
Tvrdik was born Julie Hanson on October 1, 1914 in Troy, New York. The family moved to Astoria shortly afterwards, where she met 19-year-old Norman Tvrdik in 1929. They married three years later, and bought a new house in Auburndale in 1940.
In 1942, they took in and raised a 7-year-old niece, Phyllis Hanson nee Dionisio, who currently resides in the home. Lynas was born in 1947, after Norman Tvrdik’s service in World War II. He passed away in 1977.
Tvrdik worked at Macy’s on Herald Square in Manhattan for more than 20 years, until her retirement.
She was the last of the original homeowners on her block, and was so beloved by her neighbors on Effington Avenue, that they held their block parties to coincide with “Grandma Julie’s” birthday.
Known to friends and family as a meticulous homemaker and superb cook of sturdy, simple food, Tvrdik remained active throughout her life. Earlier this year, she fell while tending her garden and suffered a broken leg.
She returned home after a long convalescence, and was regaining her mobility, when she suffered a “small stroke.” After a brief hospitalization and rehabilitation, she again returned home, where she succumbed while sleeping.
She rests in Pinelawn National Cemetery in Farmingdale with Norman.

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