CANFIELD – Julie Ann See, 56, passed away on Monday morning, June 20, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Patricia See of Canfield; Sisters Catherine (Greg) Miller of Milpitas, California, Diane (Gunter) Karg of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Wendy (Mark) Riffie of Roseville, California; brothers, Brian (Janie) Lake from Hudson and Andrew Lake from Marysville; Uncle John Yasinsac (Margaret) of Palm Coast, Florida; Aunt Kathy Yasinsac of Tarrytown, NY; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and aunts. Julie was born on March 9, 1966 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She underwent major surgery shortly after birth and made an amazing recovery in just a few weeks. A graduate of the Leonard Kurtz School, Julie has worked at the Meshel Workshop, the Perkins Restaurant in Canfield and the Leonard Kurtz School where she was an Account Manager. Julie took her job very seriously and was loved by all the students she worked with, as well as all the teachers and administrators she worked for. Her ever-present smile, outgoing personality, and willingness to fit in were ever-present in her daily life. Julie will always be fondly remembered by her family and friends. Earlier in her life she was very active in the Mahoning County Special Olympics program and participated for more than 20 years. She particularly loved swimming, golf, and roller skating, and was a supporter of the Mahoning County basketball team, where she was a cheerleader for many years. Constantly striving for the blue ribbon, best score, or most points in each of her competitions, she was the first woman on the basketball team. The highlight of the Special Olympics program each year was the statewide competition held in Columbus at Ohio State Stadium. She looked forward to being there and was chosen to be the torchbearer for opening ceremonies in 1993. She carried the torch down the stadium track followed by dozens of Ohio State patrol officers in what was the highlight of the weekend for her. Julie enjoyed the camaraderie while actively participating in all of the activities provided and won many medals and blue ribbons in the activities she participated in. Julie also looked forward to musicals, plays and group activities such as bowling, dances, talent shows and more cooking classes. She loved to play cards and board games and really excelled at using her Wii. During her teenage years, Julie took part in numerous piano and dance concerts with students from various schools across the region. She had an excellent memory for the lyrics, melodies and artists of many of her favorite songs. Julie also enjoyed participating in “Buddy-UP” tennis, a very special program sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley (DSAV). Saturday morning tennis with her friends was always high on her priority list. Julie had a love of life that inspired everyone who knew her, and she touched many lives with her courage and enthusiasm, not only in her family but also in the clients she mentored at the Leonard Kurtz School. She loved interacting with all the customers she had the privilege to serve. The highlight of her day was telling her parents how much she enjoyed her day at work. She lectured extensively on Special Olympics programs and spoke at a number of state farm meetings. She once shared the podium with Doug Dieken at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and spoke at length about the program and how it has benefited her and her friends. Julie was also active in the parish of St. Christine. She was proud and honored to serve as a Eucharist and served on the Health and Wellness Committee as well as an active volunteer at the annual festival. Julie enjoyed visiting her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews across states and looked forward to family visits and events. She enjoyed traveling to visit her sisters on the west coast and loved all the sightseeing expeditions offered during the trips. Family and friends can at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: 45 p.m. at St. Christine Church. A Christian funeral service will follow Thursday at 11am in the church, celebrated by Rev. John Jerek. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in their memory may be made to St. Christine Church or to the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley, 945 Boardman Canfield Road, Suite 12, Boardman, OH 44512. Visit www.higgins-reardon.com Sending condolences to the family. To send flowers to family or to plant a tree in memory of Julie Ann See, please visit our flower shop. A memorial tree was planted for Julie. We are deeply sorry for your loss – the staff of Boardman-Canfield Chapel. Join us to honor their lives – plant a memorial tree
Published by Mahoning Matters on June 21, 2022.