Julia Thielecke was an excellent mentor and a great friend. Her rich personality could light up any room. A generous, driven and dedicated woman, she lived her life with passion. Julia lived her life selflessly giving to others and modeled acceptance for each and every person she met. There simply wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for someone in need. Although she will be deeply missed, Julia leaves behind a wonderful collection of memories for her family and special friends to cherish for years to come.
After many years of misery through the Depression and World War II, the year 1949 brought much-needed prosperity. Televisions and cars were getting bigger and were the popular goods demanded in a growing consumer society. The first Volkswagen Beetle was sold in the United States that year and Soap Operas were the latest craze. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacific” debuted on Broadway. In the midwest town of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Edward J. and Leona R. Landreman (nee Greatens) welcomed home their newborn daughter, Julia, on September 26th. Born to a hard-working head engineer for Bay Radio and a caring homemaker, she brought great joy to their lives.
Growing up in DePere, Julia lived a happy childhood. She was born the second of five children and loved to go on long family camping trips. The longer the better as she was very content in nature. Always up for an adventure, she was never one to complain of boredom as she enjoyed countless hours hanging out with friends in the neighborhood. She was also active in both Brownies and Girl Scouts. As she matured, the local dances in the park were her favorite place to hang out. She’d also be found at Radon’s Corner Store spending her money on goodies and snacks, especially potato chips. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Academy, Spencerian Business College was the next step in her ladder of success. After two years there, she landed herself a position as a receptionist for JAC Properties. Later, she took a job at Fireman Fund Insurance as a pricing analyst where she remained for eleven years. Julia was well liked by her co-workers and made friends easily.
Not to be forgotten was the meeting of the man of her dreams. While visiting The Barn, a local restaurant in town, she met James Thielecke. Dating for nearly a year, they married on the east side of Milwaukee at St. Hedwig Church on August 22, 1970. The day after their celebration at the Eagles Club, they took off on their honeymoon to the beautiful Mackinac Island. For fifteen years, it was just the two of them until they were blessed with their son, Ian, through adoption. Motherhood derailed Julia from her career as she longed to raise Ian as a stay at home mom. By the time he was of school age, she returned to work as a K-4 teacher at Parkway School. She was very happy there for thirteen years as she absolutely loved the little ones. Her favorite reflections of motherhood were the times she was able to cheer Ian on in his sporting events. Julia was the epitome of a mom. She shared her love of camping, took vacations to Disney World, and loved to host Ian’s friends over the years. His friends grew fond of her often listening to her motherly advice and encouragement. She had a real knack for making everyone feel included and was never one to pass judgment. Although she loved being a mother, nothing could quite compare to the joy she felt from being a grandmother to both Lincoln and Honor. She was delighted to help them in any way she could over the years.
Julia was a woman of many talents. She was excellent in crocheting, knitting, and needlepoint. Julia cherished assisting Jim for roughly ten years facilitating a small group with members from their Parkway Church community. Later, she helped lead a ladies small group for another ten years. For relaxation, she tuned into with the Hallmark channel or the popular HGTV channel. Julia also loved watching the Green Bay Packers. Described as a spiritual person, she was often moved to share encouraging scriptures with her close friends and family. Everyone who knew her felt touched by her grace and her compassionate heart. She modeled a faithful life and her contagious smile will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Julia M. Thielecke, (nee Landreman) entered into her rest June 14, 2017, at the age of 67 years. Beloved wife of James Thielecke. Cherished mother of Ian (Meagan) Thielecke. Loving grandmother of Lincoln and Honor. Dear sister of Elizabeth (Dan) Zeidler, Urban Landreman, Rose (Tom) Carpentier and John Landreman. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held Monday, June 19, 2017, at Parkway Church 10940 S. Nicholson Road Oak Creek, WI 53154 from 4:00 PM until time of the Funeral Service at 7:00 PM. Private interment Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Suminski LifeStory Funeral Homes Niemann / Suminski (414) 744-5156 www.SuminskiFuneralHome.com