Julia Lisetta Johannesmeyer, 95, of Freeburg, passed away surrounded by the love of her family on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Adam's Street Place in Jefferson City where she had been a resident after a stroke 5 years ago.
Julia was born June 10, 1923, in Gascondy, Missouri, the daughter of the late Theodore and Julia Eliza (Picker) Klebba.
She was united in marriage on November 9, 1946, in Rich Fountain to Cletus “Pete” Johannesmeyer, who preceded her in death on December 18, 2004.
Julia was a wife, mother, homemaker and a great cook, who was well known for her “sweet potato cookies”. For over 15 years, she was a bus driver for Fatima High School.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Freeburg where she was the first female lector in 1971. She served on various church committees, volunteered at school, and was a member of the Freeburg Chapter of the American Red Cross, for which she served as chairperson for the local blood drives for over 40 years.
Julia was a very fun loving person who always enjoyed telling or hearing a good joke. She loved to dance and often told her children “don't cry if I die on the dance floor – I died happy”. Julia was a caring, giving person who was often the first to offer help to anyone in need.
Her legacy will live on in her five daughters; Paralee (Ron) Kloeppel of Freeburg; Nancy (Steven) Maxwell of Freeburg; Cindy (John) Purcell of Peach Tree Corners, Ga.; Melody (Tom) Buersmeyer of Westphalia; Kay (Craig) Fitzpatrick of Jefferson City; two sons, Stephan (Kathy) Johannesmeyer of Westphalia; Jeffrey Johannesmeyer of Omaha, Neb; thirteen grandchildren; Sheila Bailey of Jefferson City; Eric Kloeppel of Freeburg; Karla Bridges of Linn; Levi Maxwell of Jefferson City; Merci McKinney of Westphalia; Stefanos Johannesmeyer of Omaha, Neb.; Adam Johannesmeyer of Seattle, Wash.; Jonathan Purcell of Atlanta, Ga.; Julia Fenner of Smyrna, Ga.; Drew Buersmeyer of Westphalia; Dane Fitzpatrick of Smithville, Mo.; Cali Cline of Encinitas, Ca. and Summer Williams of Westphalia; ten great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; honorary family member, Richard Weider and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004; one grandson, Kyle Fitzpatrick in 2004; her parents; three sisters, Anna Richter, Sophia Wegman and Rita Welschemeyer; three brothers, Adolph Klebba, Anthony Klebba and Theodore Klebba.
Visitation will be 4 pm to 8 pm, Monday, January 7, 2019, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia with a prayer service at 3:30 pm. Additional visitation will be Tuesday, January 8, from 10 am to 11 am at Holy Family Catholic Church in Freeburg.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church officiated by Fr. William Debo.
Burial will be in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice Compassus and Palliative Care; Holy Family Church or School or wishes of the family.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia is in charge of the arrangements.
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