HARMATIUK, Juliette Rachelle

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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noreen & michael mellings

I just saw this and cannot believe that Julie is gone she was an amazing person. I worked with her at Corinthia and she often shared a coffee with me before i started work, she was always positive and never said a bad word ever about anyone.she always listened to whatever you were saying, and never judged anyone. She went to T.O.P.S with Mick , my husband, she would tell me stories about him as he was the only male that went there.
I miss you a lot Julie ,may you rest in peace

Nicole Girouard

It’s with great sadness that I just heard ofJuliette’s passing. She was a very pleasant , friendly and understanding person to work with. Having been my educational assistant for many years as I was teaching grade 1 French Immersion, Juliette was my right arm and a god send to my students. Rain or shine, she would always come in my class with a big smile on her face, happy to come and help the students with their reading. This is how I will always remember her by. My deepest sympathies to all the family, so sorry for your loss.

Cindy & Bruce, Sophie & Nicki Klingspon

Dear Alex, Michelle, Lisa, Jody & Families,
We are so very sorry for your loss! I just read it in the paper and can’t believe it. Juliette was such an inspiration to so many, especially all the children she worked with over the years. She was such a good friend and wonderful lady who always was kind, caring, funny, and gave hugs whenever I saw her. I used to walk with her after work at Corinthia and couldn’t believe her energy, I always thought she was way younger than her age, I actually thought she was teasing me the first time she told me how old she was! She was always so proud of her girls and grandkids (she’d always update me on what they were doing and their sporting events) and I will miss seeing her walking with Alex around town. They were such a wonderful couple who were always so welcoming and we liked playing crib with them (years ago–that seemed like yesterday). We know she will live on in your hearts, and in the hearts of people who were blessed enough to know her. She will be sorely missed and loved.
We are sharing in your sorrow and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and give you strength. We hope that all the wonderful memories of her will warm your hearts. Take care.
With Love and Our Deepest Sympathy,
Cindy, Bruce, Sophie & Nicki Klingspon

Doug Hornbeck

The Harmatiuk Family were a very good part of our and our children’s lives . Through school and sports we had some wonderful times. It was a gift to see her recently and we know how much she will be missed. She now knows all the secrets of heaven and will be teaching all she knows. Doug and Jenny and the three T”s

Brian Baker

My thoughts and prayers are with you Alex, Michelle, Evan and all your families at this time.

Roy and Trudy Nickerson

Was so sorry about Julie’s passing. She was a gentle lady. We shared 3 granddaughters and they were lucky to have her in their lives. The art projects and songs she taught them will forever keep Julie alive in their memories.

Katherine Basarabowich

May you rest in peace Dear Auntie! You were so sweet to me and took the time to talk. I will keep you in my precious memories. Love Kathy. Deepest sympathies to Uncle Alex, Michelle, Lisa and Jody.

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