Julie K. Beimer
1945 - 2020

Julie K. (Alsbury) Beimer

March 12, 1945-November 14, 2020

Julie Kathryn (Alsbury) Beimer, 75, a resident of Cedar Rapids (formerly of Mount Vernon), passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. She died peacefully in her sleep with loving family by her side.

A celebration of Julie's life will be held at a later date, with burial in Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery, in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Per her wishes, her body was cremated.

Julie was born in Mason City, Iowa, on March 12, 1945, to Norman and Edith Alsbury. Julie and her brother Dan attended Mason City High School, where she graduated in 1963. Julie went on to attend college at Mankato State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in English Education.

Julie married Leo Paine in June 1967 - together they had four children: Thomas, Kathryn, Lewis and Susan. Julie and Leo lived together and began raising their kids in the Mankato, Minnesota area, where Julie briefly taught high school English. Julie and Leo also briefly lived in Oregon, before eventually settling back to Iowa. Julie and Leo later divorced and Julie married Louis Valencia in 1992; she lived with Louis and her youngest daughter, Susan, in Cedar Rapids until Louis's death in 2001.

Julie married Michael Beimer in 2008 and lived with him and their two dogs, Rowley and Quinnie, in Mount Vernon, Iowa until Mike's death in 2019.

Julie was an incredibly warm and loving soul with a very welcoming heart. Even into her later years, she maintained a playful energy and a great sense of humor - she loved to have a good laugh. Julie was an avid book reader. She loved reading, sharing and discussing books, movies and information she found interesting or helpful with her family and friends, particularly her close friend Ruth. Julie loved nature and enjoyed traveling and exploring the world as she was able. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She had a special talent for cultivating warm, comfortable spaces for family and friends to gather. Julie is quoted as saying "My children and grandchildren have been the delight of my life."

She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Edith (Enabnit) Alsbury; husband, Louis Valencia; and husband Michael Beimer.

Survivors include her brother, Dan Alsbury (Liz) of Byron, Minnesota; son, Thomas Paine-Tsherit (Aayesha) of London, England; daughter, Kathryn Riemersma (Craig) of Bondurant, Iowa; son, Lew Paine (Jennifer) of Urbana, Iowa; daughter, Susan Paine-Keesey (Barry) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Ben, Kipper, Lauren, Paul, Alex, Julia, and Amelia; step-children/grandchildren, Tom Beimer, Chris Beimer, Jon Beimer, Jodi Valencia (Nicholas), Angie Valencia (Rochelle, Thomas); and great aunt, Rosemary Alsbury of Mason City, Iowa.

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Published by Globe Gazette on Nov. 24, 2020.
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To Julie's family, I am saddened to know Julie passed. We were best friends in high school and at Mankato. We've continued keeping in touch via Facebook and email over the years. My sincere sympathy to you at this sad time. I have years and years of fond memories of my friendship with Julie. Oh my, it's sad to see the obituary in the Globe today. I share in your sadness.
Linda Moen Muth
November 28, 2020
Julie was a part of our extended family. I remember when we first met, she was so easy to get to know. I knew her to be a kind loving person that loved her family dearly. It saddened me that her life came to an end too soon. Always enjoyed the time we got to spend together. I know she leaves behind a lifetime of sweet memories. Sending love & prayers to all the family
Kay Keesey
November 24, 2020
It has been my blessing and privilege to have so many beautiful times and memories of Julie over the years. It is said that every life that touches ours leaves a permanent impression and Julie has definitely been a blessing in the lives of so many people. I am grateful to have been among them. May God and her sweet memories help ease your sorrow at this time. Love, Petey
November 24, 2020
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Judy Donnelly Kleven
November 24, 2020