El Paso - Julia Rose "Julie" Haas (née Shea), 92, of El Paso, IL passed away peacefully and surrounded by family, on Sunday, June 29th, 2014, in Normal, Illinois.
Julia was born on September 30, 1921, in Metamora, to Nick and Julia Irving Shea. She married Raymond Haas on June 19, 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Metamora.
Predeceased by Ray (2012), she is survived by her son John (Susan); her grandchildren: Tim (Tara), Ian (Judith) and Matthew (Sarah); her grandsons' mother, Elaine; and her step-grandchildren Stephanie (Paul) and Jessica. Julia was a proud Great Grandma to Rownan, Julia Avalon, Declan, Jessie, James, Graham, Alistair and Colin. Julia Rose was the last of the "Original Seven" Sheas: John, Walter, Helen, Russell, Dorothy and Bernice, and will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In 1943, Julia graduated from Bradley Polytechnic Institute in Peoria with a Bachelor of Science where she was the house manager of the Delta Kappa sorority and President of the Women's Self-Government board. She then worked at the Illinois Mutual Casualty Company. Julia met Ray through her brothers, Walt and Russ, at the Rural Youth club. They married in 1946 once Ray returned home from WWII. Julia helped Ray to operate the Haas family farm. In their retirement years, Julia and Ray wintered in Arizona with family members. She enjoyed having her grandsons stay with them while they worked on the farm each summer, and opened the door to countless family members, ensuring they were well cared for, well fed and well loved. No one went hungry in her home. Julia continued to explore, learn and try new things well into her later years. Although she used Skype on a computer to keep in touch with family, Julia still sent handwritten notes. In 2012, at the age of 91, she boarded a plane (for the first time in nearly 50 years) to visit her family in Canada. Although she recently resided at Heritage Health Manor, where she was lovingly called "Jewel", Julia always enjoyed a family outing or a visit to the farm.
She approached life with unwavering faith, gentle kindness, quiet fearlessness and a tireless work ethic. Her love for her family was immeasurable. Julia was happiest sitting with Ray and John, reading the paper, sharing stories, or enjoying life's simple pleasures. On a recent visit to the farm, she sat in her rocking chair on the porch, while sipping an iced tea and watching her great-grandchildren play in the front yard.
Julia Rose touched everyone she met with her gentle grace and kind heart.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, 40 West Main Street, El Paso. Visitation to follow from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. in El Paso with Father Donald Roszkowski officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, El Paso following Mass.
Julia's family wishes to thank the staff at Advocate BroMenn Hospital in Normal for the support and care that they provided to Julia and her family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or to a charity of your choice in Julia's name. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
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El Paso, IL 61738
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