Julia May Joseph Ruhala
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Formerly of Flint, Michigan
Julia May Joseph Ruhala died peacefully Sunday, April 27, 2014, with her six children, their spouses and many of her grandchildren at her side. Children were a lifelong love, inspiration, and vocation for Julia, as she was a child advocate for her entire adult life. Born September 25, 1933, in Flint, MI, Julia was an independent minded woman of great compassion. She attended Michigan State University before raising her six children. She then returned to MSU for a Masters in Social Work, working for Catholic Social Services before becoming Executive Director for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan in Lansing. Her work's mission was to advocate on behalf of children, assuring they would be in safe homes with loving caregivers.
Julia was married to Thomas Ruhala for 48 years before his death in 2004. Julia is survived by her children Thomas J. (Janice) Ruhala, Jenifer A. (Michael) Neller, Mark G.(Celina) Ruhala, Margaret J. (Shane) Kelly, Peter J. (Nancy) Ruhala, Susan W. (Jeffrey) Radway; and grandchildren Joseph, Alecia, Michaela, Jena (Thom), Sydney, Dane, Anna, Alison, Jordan, Thomas, and great grandson Connor.
A memorial gathering will be held by her children at the University Club at MSU (3435 Forest Rd. Lansing Charter Township, MI 48910) on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 12:30pm, with a service of which friends are invited to speak of their memories and respects from 1-2pm. A luncheon will follow at 2:30pm also at the University Club.
Donations can be made in Julia's name to Caring About Kids, Inc., (PO Box 27014, Lansing, MI 48909-7014), an organization she helped to develop with Margaret Grost, or to a
. She supported many organizations dedicated to children and animals as well.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com.
Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 29, 2014