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Constance Patricia "Connie" Julius

Constance Patricia "Connie" Julius
  • September 1, 1928 - June 13, 2020
  • Sun City, Arizona
  • St. Philip Catholic High School
    20 Cherry Street
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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Constance Patricia Julius, of Battle Creek, passed away on June 13, 2020 in Sun City, Arizona at the age of 91 after suffering a fall. Connie, as she was known to friends, was born September 1, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. Her birth mother and father were unknown and she was raised by Marguerite Steffen Julius of Oregon, Illinois. Patricia (Patsy) was eventually placed in the care of a great aunt and uncle, Ella and James Duck, also of Oregon, Illinois. At age 11, she was raised by Benedictine Sisters at Sacred Heart Academy in Lisle, Illinois. She graduated at age 17 from Saint Michael's Central High School in Chicago, Illinois with a scholarship to Loyola University. However, she entered the Benedictine Convent/Monastery of the Sacred Heart at which time she received the religious name of Constance.

As a Benedictine sister, Connie achieved her BA from DePaul University and her MA from Catholic University of America, taught and built schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, and Minnesota, and taught for the Academy of Foreign Study in France, England, and Ireland. Upon leaving the Benedictine Order, Connie continued her advanced degrees (MFA and PhD) at the University of Minnesota in Theater and Communication Arts. She taught at Murray High School while continuing to work in Theater at the University. Subsequently, she joined her longtime friend, Dr. Larraine Matusak, and became station manager at the PBS station in Evansville, Indiana. Shortly after finishing her graduate work, she was hired at the Educational Testing Service in New Jersey and did consulting work for Public Satellite Consortium in Washington, DC and the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek. Connie achieved success in Theater, Broadcasting, and Education. She was proud of the fact that she had taught every level of education from Kindergarten to Graduate School. She spent the last 10 years before retirement as a Director of Telecommunications for the 28 community colleges in Michigan. Connie continued to work in the field of education until her death.

Connie loved nature, flowers, gardens, animals, and good books. She was an outdoor enthusiast and could canoe, hike, swim, and build great campfires. She and Larraine traveled the world while they were working and traveled the country in their trailer during retirement. Connie loved to play cards with friends and was a great storyteller to her "little" friends, creating many versions of the story of Cinderella. She spent many happy hours directing theater performances, creating sets, and working for local productions. She loved working with active young people. After retirement, she spent time in Arizona, Michigan, and Minnesota. She will be missed by her many friends and colleagues who will remember her friendship and her work.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan and to St. Philip Catholic Schools. A memorial mass will be celebrated at a later time at St. Philip Catholic Church in Battle Creek. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home and Cremation Care.