On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Lois Ellen (Burdette) Julius passed away at the age of 67 in her home in Hinckley, Ohio.
Born the youngest of three children on January 7, 1953, in Baltimore, Maryland, Lois was predeceased by her husband Donald Eugene Julius, her parents Stanley and Ellnetta (Arterburn) Burdette, and her brother William. Lois is survived by her eight children, Karen (Sr. Mary Helen, F.M. of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Our Savior), Donald, Gwendolyn (David) Veitkus, Theresa (Vincent) Kalafat, Patrick, Michael, Mary Grace, Gregory (Maggie), seven grandchildren, as well as her brother Stanley, sisters-in-law Marge and Marjorie, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Educated at Catonsville High School and graduating in 1971, Lois went on to study mathematics at Case Western Reserve University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. While in college, she met and later married Donald E. Julius in 1975. She worked for a number of years as an engineer for U.S. Steel in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lois was a dedicated Catholic mother first and foremost, who enriched the lives of those she knew through endless acts of service. She treasured and found much joy in her children and grandchildren, embracing every moment she spent with them. Her Traditional Catholic Faith was her greatest priority in life, and she tirelessly strove to instill it in the minds and hearts of her children. Lois did this chiefly by ensuring that they could attend extra Masses, receive the Sacraments frequently, and make the Nine First Fridays in response to Our Lord’s personal request to St. Margaret Mary. She selflessly began homeschooling her children in 1985, with her youngest graduating in 2014. Devoted to St. Joseph, Lois and her family made a visit to his altar every Sunday after Mass.
A wake will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at the Schuster Straker O’Connor Funeral Home from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Lois’s Requiem Mass will be offered by Father Joseph Greenwell on Monday, September 28, 2020, at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church in Parma, Ohio, at 9 a.m. A second Requiem Mass will be offered at St. Joseph’s Novitiate in Round Top, New York, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., followed by the burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Lois will be greatly missed, but her kindness will live on in each heart she touched. May she rest in peace. Please pray for the repose of her soul and for each other, “that we may merrily meet in heaven.” (St. Thomas More’s last letter to his daughter)
“Jesus, for Thee I live; O Jesus, for Thee I die; Jesus, I am thine in life and in death.”
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