Julia Ann (Heerey) Brocklesby, 82, of Greenfield, Massachusetts, died Oct. 11, 2017, at The Hospice of Fisher Home in North Amherst, Massachusetts.
She was born in Saint Charles, Winona County, Minnesota, Nov. 26, 1934, a daughter of Michael D. and Mary M. (Christie) Heerey. She attended local schools in Mauston and was a graduate of South Division High School in Milwaukee, Class of 1952. Once her children were of school age, Julia continued her education as an adult at Holyoke Community College, Westfield State College and Western New England College.
Julie was employed for many years in banking, retiring as a Vice-President at BayBank at their Springfield headquarters. She continued her career at SIS Bank before her final retirement in the 1990s. Julie was proud to have mentored many young women and men throughout her time in the banking industry and stayed in touch with several of them until the time of her death. Julie loved living in Greenfield over the past fifteen years; she enjoyed playing bridge at the Senior Center and with other friends and had also accumulated over 2500 hours as a volunteer at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. She also enjoyed many other card games, her reading and writing groups, bird watching, traveling in the United States and staying in touch with her great many friends and family.
Amongst her many other hobbies, Julie also had a great interest in the history of the Civil War, especially the history of the First Minnesota Battery in which her grandfather, William G. Christie and his brothers, were volunteers. She bought many copies of the book “Brother of Mine”, a collection of the letters the brothers sent home from the battlefields and which she gladly shared with family and friends.
Among her survivors, Julie leaves three children, Laurel Brocklesby and her wife, Pat Vittum of Sunderland, Massachusetts, Becky Gauthier and her husband, Art, of Belchertown, Massachusetts and Philip H. Brocklesby of Northampton, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Nathan (Devon) Broussard of Turners Falls, Massachusetts and Emmi (Todd) Gelinas of Palmer, Massachusetts; great-grandchildren, Kaedyn and Ellisyn; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; a large extended family; and many friends whom she loved immensely.
Julie was predeceased by her husband, Philip A. Brocklesby, who died in 2001. They met in 1953 at The Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee. They fell instantly and forever in love and married in July of 1954. Julie and Phil lived in Greenfield until 1964. They raised their children in Chicopee, Massachusetts and built their retirement dream home in Granby, Massachusetts. Phil died in 2001; Julie has always cherished the many wonderful years they shared together.
Julie is survived by a sister, Mary Belcher (Mike) of Reedsburg; and was also predeceased by her parents; brothers, James (Peggy), John (Loretta) and Morris Heerey and sister, Marguerite Murray (Gene) all of Wisconsin; her devoted mother- and father-in-law, Doris and Harold Brocklesby; and her beloved sister-in-law, the Reverend Janet Brocklesby (Lawrence).
A memorial gathering to celebrate Julie’s life will be held at Terrazza at The Country Club of Greenfield, Country Club Road, Greenfield, Massachusetts, Sunday, Nov. 19, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Julie was a wonderful woman, very loving, very kind and a good friend to many. Please join us in celebrating her life. Due to severe allergies, the family requests that you not wear perfumes, colognes, or any scented body products to this gathering. Internment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sunderland, Massachusetts, at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Julia’s favorite local charities: Warm the Children or Greenfield Senior Center. To donate to Warm the Children, send a check to: Warm the Children, c/o The Recorder, P.O. Box 1367, Greenfield, MA, 01302. To donate to Greenfield Senior Center, send a check to: Greenfield Senior Center, c/o Greenfield Council on Aging, Greenfield Senior Center, 54 High Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301.
Sympathy messages are available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
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