Julianne ""Julie"" Hall Rocke, born Jan. 28, 1943, passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 2013, at the age of 70. Julie was social and adventurous, cared deeply for the many loved ones in her life (animals and people), and had a passion for all things visual.
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Julie was born in La Jolla, Calif., the youngest child of Martha and Harry Hall. Growing up, Julie spent summers at the YMCA camps her father ran, and enjoyed playing softball and riding horses. Art was always important to Julie; she started sketching from a young age. When she was 18, Julie and a close friend took a cross-country trip in a specially outfitted van, visiting all of the continental United States.
Julie attended the Art Center College of Design on a scholarship. Following college, Julie moved across the country to work as a fashion illustrator for runway shows in New York City, while supplementing her income waitressing at The Chuck Wagon in New Jersey.
Julie moved to Burlington, Vt., and managed an art store, while saving up for a trip to Guatemala. Julie ended up moving to Chimaltenango, Guatemala, and lived there for seven years, painting and drawing images of local life. While in Guatemala, Julie met her husband, Ken. They were married in 1981. Following their marriage, Julie and Ken moved to Heath, Mass., and in 1983, their daughter Maya was born.
Julie continued painting while living in Massachusetts. She taught art classes privately and at local schools, and was one of the founding members of the Shelburne Arts Co-op. Julie also illustrated a children's book, as well as a book of stories about Guatemala. She often remarked that she felt blessed that she was able to do the thing she loved most, create art, for all of her life.
Julie leaves behind her husband, Ken Rocke of Heath; daughter and son-in-law, Maya and Eric Jalbert of Everett, MA, brothers and sisters-in-law, Dave and Rose Hall of Fresno, CA, Marshall and Ginny Hall of Sherman Oaks, CA, and Sandra Hall of Park City, Utah, as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Julie was predeceased by her brother, Norman Hall, and by her parents. Julie made lifelong friends wherever she went and so leaves behind many, many friends from around the world.
Visiting hours will be at Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home in Shelburne Falls, Mass., on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Trinity Church on Severance Street in Shelburne Falls. A potluck reception will follow in the church recreation hall. All are welcome and encouraged to join us in remembering Julie's life.
Donations in Julie's name may be made to Behrhorst Partners for Development, which funds the Behrhorst Clinic in Chimaltenango, Guatemala:
The address for mailed donations is Dept. 116234,
P.O. Box 5211, Binghamton, NY 13902.
to send messages of condolences to the family.
Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home Inc
40 Church St
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Published in The Recorder on Sept. 25, 2013