Nancy R. Julius, 81
Dec. 23, 1934 — Dec. 23, 2015
Nancy R. Julius (Benson) joined the lord peacefully at home in Grafton on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Nancy enjoyed her final days in the company of family and friends and passed on her 81st birthday. Nancy is survived by her husband of 26 years, Gerald; and her children, Debbie Kenealy (Bill), Michael, Donna (Bernie), Mark (Mary), David (Marge), Richard and Ed (Patti); stepchildren, Buddy, Dennis, Daryl and Patricia.
Nancy is preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Thomas Paul Smith (1984).
Nancy also leaves 22 loving grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as many other cherished family and friends.
Nancy was born on Dec. 23, 1934, in Chicago to Hazel Benson. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Phil Faulkner, in Chicago.
After graduating high school in 1951, she married Thomas, her high school sweetheart, in 1952. Nancy and Thomas raised their seven children together in the Chicago area, Nancy working in publishing and Thomas in chemical distribution. After Thomas retired in 1979 due to illness, Nancy and Thomas relocated to live full time at their summer cabin in Crivitz. Nancy began the second chapter of her long life with the marriage to Gerald Julius in Crivitz in 1989. For many years Nancy and Jerry enjoyed their summers in Crivitz and winters in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Recently Jerry and Nancy relocated full time to Grafton to enjoy the closeness of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nancy was an active and dedicated member and deacon at Ozaukee Congregational Church of Grafton and the First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, Fla.
A memorial service to celebrate Nancy’s life will be held at Ozaukee Congregational Church in Grafton on Saturday, Jan.
16. The family would like to thank the many caring and supportive staff from Aurora Medical Center in Grafton for their care and dedication, especially Beth and Dr. Attanasio. If desired, donations in Nancy’s memory to her beloved churches will be greatly appreciated. Nancy would like all to know that God hears you.
The family is also grateful to Strouf Funeral Home of Racine for assisting them with arrangements. For online condolences please go to www.strouf.com.