Mrs. Grace Balestra Tambasco , 91 , of Amsterdam , passed away Thursday June 7, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital with her family at her side.
Born in Amsterdam, NY on May 24, 1927 a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Cappuccio Balestra. She was a lifelong Amsterdam resident and attended Amsterdam Schools.
Grace first was employed at the Bigelow Sanford Carpet Mills in Amsterdam. She also was employed as a Teacher’s Aide and last as a Secretary for the New York State Department of Corrections in Albany.
She was a volunteer for Hospice, Alzheimer’s Support and Cancer Support Groups. She enjoyed bowling and above all spending time with her family. Grace was a communicant of the former St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church and most recently of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Amsterdam.
She was married on May 21, 1950 to Mareo D. Tambasco, he passed away on April 19, 1991. Survivors include her beloved children, Marty (Kathy)Tambasco of Amsterdam, Sandra Hammond of Amsterdam, Joe (Kathy) Tambasco of Amsterdam and Judy Tambasco (Joe Fabozzi) of Amherst, MA. Ten Cherished grandchildren, Courtney and Marissa Tambasco, Brittany Graham (Rob Carter), Maria, Anthony, Angelo and Mareo Fabozzi, Michael, Corey and Lexie Tambasco. Two Great-grandchildren, Elijah Powell and Lorenzo Carter. Sister-in-law, Pat Balestra, sister-in-law, Gloria Balestra and brother-in-law, Aldo Tambasco. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 12:30 PM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, 39 St. John St., Amsterdam, NY with Father Lawrence J. Decker as celebrant. The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday prior to the Mass at Our Lady of MT. Carmel from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ft. Johnson, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Carmel Seniors, 39 St. John St., Amsterdam, NY 12010. Arrangements are under the direction of the Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam, NY 12010.