Juliette Rachelle Harmatiuk (Roberge)
September 29, 2022
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our precious wife, mom and Mémère, Juliette Harmatiuk, of Leduc, Alberta, on September 29, 2022, at the age of 72. Julie was born on September 9, 1950, in St. Paul, Alberta.
On September 29, 2022, Julie succumbed to the unpredictable and incurable disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). The life expectancy for most people after being diagnosed with IPF is two to five years. Julie was able to fight off the disease for 13 years, thanks in part to her long time specialist Dr. Lien, a drug trial back in 2010, and the IPF support group that she attended regularly. She also did everything she could to maintain her health – she ate right, exercised every day, and stayed positive. As a result, she was able to extend the years with her friends and family as long as she could.
Julie and Alex, her husband of 53 years, built a beautiful life together. They may not have had a lot when they started out, but they worked hard, had fun, and stuck together through thick and thin. They settled in Leduc in 1973, where they raised three daughters: Michelle (Evan) Schneider, Lisa Harmatiuk (Chris Sluggett), and Jody (Rhett) Nickerson. Julie loved being called “Mom” and her girls know that she was one of the best. She put her heart and soul into helping them grow into the strong and caring women they are today.
Julie often said being a mom was great, but she loved being “Mémère” even more. She was blessed with what she considered the greatest grandkids: Grace and Aryn, Joel, Kate, Kyle and Nate, and Charlie, Arden and Remi. She loved going to all of their athletic and school events; she was their #1 fan! She also spent many hours with her grandkids playing cards and other games, doing crafts, and talking about what was going on in their lives. She was always the first to ask how they were doing and did everything she could to make sure everyone was okay.
Julie will be missed by her sisters Vivian (Henry, deceased) Foisy, Helen (Steve) Warholik, Bernice (Bob, deceased) Smiley, and Liz (Len, deceased) Andrews, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members and friends. Julie was predeceased by her parents Donat and Noella Roberge, and her brother Bernard Roberge. She was thankful to everyone for making her life so fulfilling.
In addition to her own children, Julie touched the lives of many other children, having spent 30 years as an elementary educational assistant in the schools in Leduc, mostly at École Corinthia Park School. Julie worked one-on-one with many different kids and as a classroom aide over the years, in both the English and French programs. She also ran a reading program at Corinthia. She loved her students and watching their confidence grow as their reading improved. In lieu of flowers, Julie’s family has started a Go Fund Me campaign in her name, with funds going to purchase early literacy intervention materials to enhance the learning centres and libraries at the schools in Leduc. Please give as you wish, knowing that the money raised will be used to help future generations develop the love of reading.
A celebration of life will be held for Julie in the Spring of 2023. Until then, please keep Julie in your thoughts and live with the compassion and kindness she exemplified every day of her life. She was so very special to so many and will be deeply missed.
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