Julie K. Vea
Julie K. Vea, age 70 died on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Death, ’tis a melancholy day …For the last decades of her life, she dedicated herself to making people happy by cooking for them and singing Sacred Harp with local, regional and national friends. Julie grew up in Sheboygan, attended high school at Kemper Hall in Racine, and graduated with a history degree from UW-Madison. She worked for many years in child care, starting as cook and eventually serving as director at Children’s House on S. Baldwin, and then in management at Child Development Inc. Julie’s next career returned to cooking. She worked in the catering department at Kitchen Hearth for several years and then started her independent business as caterer and personal chef. Julie did have one fear in life: that the stack of books on her reading stand might run out. Books were a constant in her life. She devoured them. Julie also relished many forms of music – from the rock and folk of the Viet Nam era when she came of age; to blues, jazz, R&B, renaissance, baroque and the shape-note/Sacred Harp songs. She attended Sacred Harp singings locally, in the Midwest and the South. Julie loved the fellowship, the singing, and creating wonderful dishes for “dinner on the grounds.” She enjoyed design projects – remodeling, sewing, gardening and creating procedures manuals. Julie could be counted on to plan catering events, personal wardrobes, and trip clothing for her friends. Her sense of process and the ability to look beyond the details to see what was important in the end were among her skills. Julie was generous in sharing her opinions and wouldn’t fail to notice unthinking or half-baked efforts she happened upon. Her last months were highlighted by two wonderful trips. Julie attended the John Bayer Memorial Singing in Dayton, Ohio and the total eclipse in the Tetons with Andria and her sister’s family. In the end, Scleroderma wore Julie’s body out. She endured its difficulties, refused to be defined by them and maintained optimism while accommodating each new challenge. Julie’s spirit and vibrancy gave her the ability to live by her own terms and enjoy every minute she could. She loved all kids, her family and friends. Julie is survived by her partner Andria Blattner. They are loving “mommies” to Cris (Kirsty) and Jake (Maia) Blattner; grands to Zennie and Nico; and aunt to Nathan Owens (Kashana Cauley). She is also survived by her sister, Jane Vea; brothers-in-law Barry Owens and Fred Blattner; and many friends. “Love is but a song to sing …. Come on people now…. love one another ….”
The memorial observance for Julie will be incorporated into the annual Southern Wisconsin All-Day Shape Note Singing on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at BETHANY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 3910 Mineral Point Rd. You will experience the celebration of life, the glory of song, and the fellowship that Julie so loved. Friends and family will gather afterwards at The Taj Indian Restaurant, 1256 S. Park Street. Ideas for any memorials include: Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association and Scleroderma Research Foundation. Online condolences may be made to www.gundersonfh.com.
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