Julie VAN ACKER
1966 - 2020
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VAN ACKER, Julie Christine (Thieman) 53, of Tampa, FL passed away Thursday, October 8, 2020 peacefully at her home, from triple negative breast cancer, surrounded by her loving family, friends, beautiful soul and boyfriend Arnie Jackson and faithful canine companion Zeke. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 1-5 pm at the Arbor Greene Community Center, 18000 Arbor Green Dr., Tampa, FL 33647. (COVID guidelines will be strictly enforced). Opening words from the family will begin at 1 pm followed by light snacks and beverages. There will also be a celebration of life held in her hometown of Kansas City with date to be determined. Julie was born December 18, 1966, to Frederick and Sue Ann (Bushmeyer) Thieman in Kansas City, KS, the middle of three children. She attended Claude A Huyck elementary, Arrowhead middle and graduated from Sumner Academy of Arts & Science in 1985. While at Sumner she was a Junior Class Officer, Junior Class Representative, Club Officer, and Homecoming Royalty, as well as participated in Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Stage Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Flag Corps, French Club, Junior Mixed Choir, Key Club, Latin Club, Basketball Manager, Track, Volleyball, and Yearbook Editor. After graduation she attended Baker University on a music scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing. While at Baker she was a member of the Phi Mu sorority holding the office of Vice President, played volleyball and performed in flute recitals, as well as provided piano accompaniment for many recitals and held her own senior flute recital which was only offered to music majors. After graduating from Baker, Julie began her lifelong career in the foods industry working for Johnsonville Sausage. She went on to hold regional sales and national account positions with Sara Lee Foods and Advance Pierre Foods. In 2012, having made changes towards a more healthy, organic, plant based lifestyle she decided it was time to also make a career change and sought employment with Village Grown Organic. She was a member of the Southeast Produce Council and in 2013 landed what she called the 'job of her dreams" accepting the Business Development Manager position with Organic Girl. She was so proud of this company, the position she held, the peers she worked with and the management. In 2018 she was featured in the Membership Spotlight in the Southern Roots publication which recognizes women in produce. Julie talked the talk and walked the talk by living out her health and wellness lifestyle. When Julie wasn't working she traveled the world and enjoyed experiencing the various cultures around the world. A few of her most memorable travels were to Australia, Africa and Macchu Picchu. She was also a very accomplished pianist, flutist, weaver, crocheter and knitter. She attributes the gift of her crafting skills to her mother and grandmother. She also was a member of the Arbor Greene tennis team as well as the USTA. She also competed in the NPC bodybuilding competitions. Julie was a devoted daughter, sister, niece, neighbor and friend. She always gave 110% in everything she did. Losing was never an option. We are all better for having had Julie in our lives. She will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Al (Zoe) Bushmeyer; paternal grandparents, Emile (Evelyn) Thieman; and niece, Sarah (Fugate) Rushing. She is survived by her parents, Frederick and Sue Ann Thieman, Rogers, AR; sister, Becky (Dan) Hart, Shawnee, KS; brother, Jeff (Jaime) Thieman, son, Trey, Bentonville, AR; Jack (Sheryl) Bushmeyer, Perrysburg, OH; Noah (Alissa) Fugate, Kansas City, MO; Kerri (Derrick) Bonner, Trimble, MO, many cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews and special friends too numerous to mention. Flowers are welcome and can be delivered to the Arbor Greene Community Center prior to 11 am Tuesday, October 13, 2020 however, in lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33607. The family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends, neighbors, and colleagues that reached out to support Julie by sending cards, flowers, gifts and home cooked meals.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2020.
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October 13, 2020
Sending prayers for Julie’s family. We loved Julie. She was one of a kind. Always looked forward to seeing her at the SEPC conferences. She will be missed.
Boyd and Lanette West
Friend
October 12, 2020
My prayers goes out to all. I’m so sorry to hear of Julie’s passing. Didn’t know she had breast cancer. I remember growing up that Julie wanted to discover the world and a go getter and a zest for life. I know she fought hard. Thinking of you all and sending prayers
Brenda Thornton
Friend
October 12, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the (Thieman) Van Acker Families for the loss of your loved one, Julie Christine, and pray God sends you comfort, peace and strength.
JW/JKH
October 12, 2020

I would have never thought we would end up such dear friends after my first impression, Julie smashing the ball down the line right at my head! I had not seen that kind of competitive edge since college! “You were in the way of my shot, it’s nothing personal.” This was her rationale, which I grew to admire as we became fast friends. Unapologetic yet caring, giving, and thoughtful to all those she loved. From boot camps, winning a tennis tournament, OTF, and THE beach weekend, many great memories. I will cherish my Handmade by JVA knits & always love how she loved my kids. I am so thankful she was a part of so many celebratory milestones (wedding, showers etc.), especially my surprise birthday party this year. You will be missed. ❤❤
Kristen Tirado
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October 12, 2020
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October 11, 2020
From the moment that I first met Julie at Orange Theory Fitness, I was inspired by her determined and competitive spirit. If the Coach Matt said to do 10 burpees, Julie would do 15. Her strength and fitness made people strive to push themselves to be better athletes. She was a true inspiration. It was a true joy to invite Julie to try out Dragon Boat racing. True to Julie's nature, she was a natural, as she gave, none other, than her 150%.

It was an honor to have met Julie. If my life was richer for having met Julie for such a short time, I can only imagine how wealthy others must feel to have had the gift of Julie for so much longer. Julie certainly loved her family, friends, Arnie, and Zeke with such passion.

To Julie's family: Thank you for sharing Julie with so many people. She touched our lives with her grace. I am so truly sorry for your loss and your pain.
I will always have Julie's memory of her rowing an ERG beside me and pushing me to dig just a little bit harder. My next miles will be for you, my friend.
Margo xo
Margo Benning
Friend
October 11, 2020
The Solidum Family sends our condolences. Aunt Julie was a large part of our family for a long time. She always loved on and had fun with our kiddos. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Lauren Solidum
Family
October 11, 2020
I had only worked with Julie for the past year or so, but every time I talked to her she was bubbly & excited for life! All of here at the Acosta office in Charlotte are thinking and praying for your family during this time.
Chris Moore
Chris Moore
Coworker
October 11, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
October 11, 2020
Julie will be greatly missed!
Rest In Peace Julie
Peace be with Julie’s family
Don Cumbie
Classmate
October 11, 2020
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