Long-time resident of Rancho Bernardo, mother of three, grandmother of two, and great-grandmother of two, Julia de Kehoe died peacefully on May 21, 2014, in the hands of God, after a short struggle with age-related heart failure. Her granddaughter was by her side.|
Julia thrived for a remarkable 102 years with a clear mind until the very end. Her life spanned two great wars, and the development of so many modern marvels.
Julia was the third child, and first daughter, to Clayton and Bertha Sauberan who raised their four boys and four girls in North Tonawanda, New York. Julia was a childhood friend of Joseph R. de Kehoe (Joe) and they married in 1935. Joe joined the U.S. Navy shortly before WWII, and retired in 1968.
Julia was mother to Kathleen, Joseph Jr., and Maureen. She spoke often of the wonderful experiences of accompanying Joe to posts around the world including Japan and Spain and their long-time home in Beaufort, South Carolina.
During retirement, Joe and Julia moved from Beaufort to California and settled in Van Nuys and then the Seven Oaks and Oaks North neighborhoods of Rancho Bernardo.
The de Kehoes delighted in spending time in the summer with granddaughter, Shelley (Owens) Fleming, taking her to local attractions and road trips throughout the West. In her nineties, Julia doted over her two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Logan Fleming of Rancho Bernardo, who have fond memories of happy afternoons with Nana.
People marveled at how active, spry, and mentally sharp Julia was throughout her life. All were amazed, but not surprised, when the DMV renewed her drivers' license at 98. She attended daily and Sunday Mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Poway. Julia kept her phenomenal physical and mental health with brisk daily walks and workouts at the community fitness center, playing Bridge with friends, and reading voraciously.
Julia lived independently until shortly before her death when she moved to The Remington Club Assisted Living. Elizabeth Hospice helped manage her comfort in her final days.
Family and friends have been blessed to know Julia throughout her 102-year lifespan. She will be missed. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen; husband, Joe; and her seven siblings. Julia's survivors include her son, Joe (Char) de Kehoe; daughter, Maureen (Emerson, deceased) Hill; granddaughter. Shelley (Bruce) Fleming; grandson, Jason (Becky) de Kehoe; great-grandson, Andrew Fleming; great-granddaughter, Logan Fleming; numerous nephews and nieces; and several generations of great-nephews and nieces.
Julia's ashes will be interred at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery alongside those of her beloved Joseph. If you feel inclined, please donate in her name to St. Vincent de Paul, United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego, or St. Michael's Church in Poway.
Published in the Pomerado News on June 12, 2014