Julie Eileen (Wolff) Ingham, age 74, passed away at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care surrounded by family on June 7, 2017, after a long illness.
Julie was born December 27, 1942 in Beloit, Wisconsin, to Clarence and Loretta (Burdick) Wolff. She married Keith D. Ingham on July 1, 1957 in Independence, IA. After giving birth to four children, Julie attended classes at the University of Wisconsin Rock County, where she enjoyed courses in several areas including Criminal Justice. She also studied the history of medicine and took special interest in Civil War era medical treatments and procedures, even collecting vintage books on the subject.
Julie excelled at various crafts, but was in particular a highly skilled seamstress. She used her talents not just for her family, but also for special community projects, designing and creating banners for several local churches. She handled costumes for a number of local high school plays, and one summer Julie lent her expertise to New American Theatre’s summer program, Festival Theatre at Beloit College. There she produced a magnificent lined and weighted full-length cape for a production of Arms and the Man.
A voracious reader and a woman of varied interests, Julie took great pleasure in beating others at trivia games, and especially enjoyed challenging family members to watch Jeopardy with her. It was advisable never to play Scrabble with her, as she would take unusual delight in trouncing her opponents. She also appreciated music and had a special fondness for folk music, loved cats, and watched quality classic movies, with her favorites being Gone With the Wind and The Godfather.
When she was healthy, she volunteered her time during various years as a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout Leader, a librarian at The Boys Club, Sunday School Teacher, PTA Officer, School Chaperone, and for a brief period took part in a quilt-making group. She was a member of O.L.A. in Beloit.
Although she took pleasure in playing piano, in all honesty it wasn’t her greatest strength.
Julie Eileen Ingham is survived by her children, Janice Ingham Totten, Kathleen (Neil) Hudy, Keith (Natalie) Ingham, Jr., and Berta (Daniel) Eddy. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Becky (Dave) Rudolph
Costello, Liz Rudolph, Alex Hudy, Steven Hudy, Stephanie (Dave) Elmer, Saije Kwasniak, and Dillin Wulf Ingham; great grandchildren; as well as numerous nephews and nieces; her sisters-in-law, Judy Harris Christian and Cindy Lynch; and her brother-in-law, Mark Ingham.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of more than 50 years Keith D. Ingham Sr.; both of her parents; her son-in-law, Greg Totten; her sister-in-law, Constance Hounsell; and one grandson, Jason Ingham.
Graveside services will be Wednesday June 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Thabor Cemetery in Beloit with Fr. Michael Resop from Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Parish officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be sent to Agrace Hospice Foundation, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711 in thanks for the exceptionally dignified and compassionate care they provided to Julie in her final days.