Mrs. Heberer was a long-time member and past officer of the Turkey Hill Grange, Belleville, IL. For many years, Julie was a 4-H leader for the Turkey Hill Busy Bees 4-H Club. She was a member of the National Livestock and Meat Board and served as past president of both the Illinois Porkettes and the National Porkettes Board (the former women’s division of the Pork Producer Association). She was known across the country for her culinary abilities and was featured in both Better Homes and Gardens and Successful Farming Magazines due to that excellence.
A member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Freeburg, IL, Julie was a past member of the church council and served on the St. Paul’s Fellowship Committee. She was a member and officer of the Silver Creek Garden Club, was an avid quilter, seamstress and enjoyed playing Bridge with friends. She was a former member of the Freeburg Junior Women’s Club, belonged to the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served on the Scholarship Committee. Julie, along with her husband Wayne, were members of the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club and the Lincoln Lander’s RV Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 56 years, Wayne J. Heberer, whom she married on October 13, 1957, and who died on September 10, 2013; and her parents, James A. and Julia, nee Thomas, Walsh; three sisters-in-law, Judy Walsh, Jeanine Rettig, and Ima Heberer; and two brothers-in-law, Rob Holloway, and Verlan Heberer.
Surviving are a daughter, Kathy (Dale) Lickenbrock of Freeburg, IL; a son, Kent (Kristine) Heberer of Belleville, IL; five grandchildren, Kyle (Shannon) Lickenbrock, Jessica (Doug) Zerjal, Kaitlin Heberer, Kody (Alysse) Heberer, and Kassidy Heberer; six great-grandchildren, Grayson and Brayden Lickenbrock, Riley and Quinn Zerjal, Claire and Nicole Heberer, and Baby Boy Heberer, on the way; two brothers, James “Jimmy” Walsh and Albert “Rusty” (Pat) Walsh; a sister, Joy Holloway; a brother-in-law, Earl Rettig; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Turkey Hill Grange Foundation for the kitchen remodel fund and sent to Turkey Hill Grange, 1375 East State Route 15, Belleville, IL 62220-4804. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Family and very close friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing, will be observed. A celebration of life is planned at the Grange Hall in August.
Funeral: Funeral services for family and very close friends will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with the Rev. Rick Mortimer officiating. The funeral will be streamed on the Church’s web site.
Burial will be at Green Mount Protestant Cemetery, Belleville, IL.