Julie Andrea Lauritson, 55 of Bloomington and formerly of Streator passed away Tuesday October 12, 2021.
Following cremation, a visitation will be held Monday from 10 AM until 12noon at the Winterrowd Funeral Home, Streator. Memorial services will be held Monday at noon at the funeral home with burial in the Riverview Cemetery, Streator.
Julie was born on October 15, 1965 in Streator to Bernard and Dayle (Artman) Minkler.
Surviving are her son, Jordan (Laura) Flex of Bloomington, daughters, Morgan (Kyle) Flex Siebert of Normal and Natalie (William) Flex Bessler of Normal, 3 grandchildren; Landon, Leighton and Reilly, her mother Dayle Minkler of Streator, her brother, Bernie Minkler of Streator, sisters, Jayne Williams of Huntington Beach, CA and Krista Skien of Bushnell.
She is preceded in death by her father, maternal grandparents, Don and Norma Gaddis, Uncle Stanley Artman and her aunt and uncle, Sally and Ron Lorey.
Julie graduated from Streator High school in 1983 and she attended Brookhaven college in Texas for her associate’s degree in nursing graduating in 1988. She pursued her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Illinois State University in 2005 and attended Loyola University in New Orleans receiving her Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2010.
She was a lifetime learner and was always looking for ways to better herself. Julie loved nursing and helping as many people as possible through education and leadership. She was a talented cook and loved to cook for her family and friends. She dedicated much of her time and efforts to her children’s sports and activities like gymnastics, football, wrestling, and trampoline. Julie didn’t stop there though, she loved to support everyone and be involved in as much as she could. While working full time, she taught childbirth education classes, coached her daughter’s softball team, she was president of Normal West Booster Club, and attended many games and competitions. Julie was a wonderful grandma, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She was very creative through art, crafts, music, house projects, and painting.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, Normal.