Julia Honkomp, 95
May 23, 1917 - January 2, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday January 5, 2013 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Julia Honkomp, age 95, of St. Cloud who passed away on Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Jerry Dalseth will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Beardsley, MN. Friends and relatives may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to mass at the church. Parish prayers will be prayed at 5:00 PM Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Julia McBrady Honkomp was born on May 23, 1917 on her family's farm, built by her maternal grandparents in rural Traverse County west of Collis, MN. She spent her early childhood on this beloved farm enjoying riding horse, eating freshly picked fruit from their orchard, and helping her mother cook for thrashers. Julia made the bread then and, to her family's delight, she continued to do so well into her 90's. Julia attended "country" elementary school and St. Mary's Academy, Graceville, MN for high school. After graduation in 1936, she worked for a neighboring farm couple for the summer and in the fall moved to St. Paul. She worked in St. Paul as a nanny for one year earning funds to attend Calhoun Business College, Minneapolis.
Julia worked in Minneapolis for six months before returning "home" in 1939 for employment as the bookkeeper for Beardsley Motor Sales in Beardsley, MN. She lived in Beardsley at a rooming house during the school year, while living at home and commuting to work during the summer in order to help her mother with gardening, canning, and cooking.
Julia and her brothers attended weekend dances and at such a dance she met Bud (Elmer Honkomp) and they were married on October 7, 1941. Four months later, Bud was drafted into World War II, and their early marriage was spent focused on the War, first together in Georgia during training, and then separated when Bud was shipped to the European Front and later was a Prisoner of War. Julia kept the faith, Bud returned in 1945, and they moved to Beardsley, MN where Julia tended her growing family and Bud entered the hardware and plumbing business. Thirteen years later in 1958, Bud died in a work accident.
Julia moved her family to St. Cloud, MN in 1963. Now, besides being a fulltime "single" parent, Julia began her employment years again, working at the St. Cloud Hospital from 1963 until her retirement in 1986. Julia was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and participated in several ministries including serving as a Befriender for 21 years, using her gifts of listening and support for which her family and friends know her well. Julia enjoyed quilting, traveling and camping, taking long walks, trying new recipes and ingredients, reading, and watching the Twins. She is remembered for her positive attitude, courage, sense of adventure, and quiet, firm faith.
She is survived by her seven children, Tom (Bonnie) Alexandria, MN, Don (Johanna) of St. Cloud, MN, Kevin (Carole) of Carson City, NV, Janet (John) Fredell, of Ogema, MN, Eileen Hughson of Scottsdale, AZ, Ken (Beth) of St. Cloud, MN, Julie (Tom) McCall of St. Joseph, MN; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Rose McBrady; husband, Elmer (Bud) Honkomp; son-in-law, Jeff Hughson; sisters Helen and Mary Pat; brothers, Robert, John, Francis, and Joseph; and numerous extended family.