SKUDLARSKI Juleen "Julie" Kathrine Age 95, of Morehead, Kentucky Formerly of Shoreview, Minnesota died in her sleep on April 22, 2021 at the Life Care Center in Morehead. She was predeceased by Ambrose "Bud" Skudlarski, her husband of 22 years; her parents Edith and Ted Olson; her siblings Isabelle Omvig, Roland Olson and Ryna Alberg; and several nieces, nephews and friends. Julie was born on August 14, 1925 in Frederic, Wisconsin, and grew up on their 40-acre family farm. A favorite memory was traveling to town in the spring to pick up piglets to fatten for fall. She and her sister would poke the bag containing the little pigs every time they got quiet to be sure they were still alive. She adored her mom's favorite cow Molly that gave two buckets of milk every day, and their horse, Dot. Julie graduated from Frederic High School in 1943. She enjoyed Music, English, Home Economics and Literature. After graduation, her family moved to White Bear Lake, Minnesota where she got her first job in a grocery store as a bagger and personal shopper. Julie met the love of her life, Bud, in October of 1947 on a blind date. A group of her friends went on a "Pow-wow" on the shores of the St. Croix River at a spot called the "Boom Site". The group of friends drank beer, ate hot dogs, and went dancing. From then on it was love all the way! They were married in 1949 and were blessed to adopt two girls, Dee in 1957 and Kim in 1959. After her husband died unexpectedly in 1971, Julie went to work in the White Bear Lake School system as a Health Aide. When the girls were old enough, Julie got a job at Lowy Enterprises as a receptionist and switchboard operator. She worked there until her retirement. She was a wonderful knitter and enjoyed embroidery. She loved visiting, coffee and sweets, and long phone calls. Julie was able to take many trips with Kim and husband Mark's family and was able to connect with her relatives in Sweden. She loved family gatherings and watching her grandchildren grow up. She felt it was a grandparent's job to be a sounding board without judgement; a source of encouragement and unconditional love. She lived in her condominium in Shoreview, Minnesota for almost 35 years before she moved to Kentucky to be near her daughter Dee and husband Tom. Northfork Senior Living opened in September of 2016 and Julie was the first resident. Julie had many adventures and was able to connect with her "Kentucky Kids" quite often. Her grandchildren Matt, Eric (Sarah), Joe (Amy), Emily (Josh) and Sarah (Brian) brought her much joy and gave her six wonderful great grandchildren: Silas, Jonah, Will, Lincoln, Russell and Chloe. She never tired of hearing their stories and looking at their pictures. She lived independently until a painful fall this past February. She had a stroke in March which ended her independence. Throughout her life she had a strong faith in God. She felt it was important to be honest and kind to everyone and treasured her friends as wonderful gifts. Prayer gave her support in times of trouble and loss, and she always felt God was near. A Gathering of Friends and Family is planned for July in Minnesota. She will then join her husband at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are being made by Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals, Morehead, KY. View or sign guest book at www.northcuttandson.com
. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send memorials to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1965 County Road E East, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 where she and Bud were Charter Members, or to First Baptist Church, 123 East Main Street, Morehead, KY, 40351 where she attended as an associate member.
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Published by Pioneer Press on Apr. 28, 2021.