Julia Heberer

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Julia A., nee Walsh, Heberer, 82, of Belleville, IL, born August 17, 1938, in Carmi, IL, died Friday, February 12, 2021, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

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.



17 Comments on Julia Heberer

Mary Beth Lee said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2021 at 3:15 PM

My family and I want to express our condolences to the family of Julie Heberer. We were warmly welcomed to the neighborhood in 1971 by Julie with a delicious treat. We have enjoyed her friendship since then and will miss her. May she rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kay Gaebe said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family

  • Addieville
  • il
Jim and Mary Heberer said : Guest Report Feb 17, 2021 at 7:56 AM

Our condolences for your loss - please accept our sympathies - I will always remember her smile and great attitude even though we knew she was in some pain -

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Kevin & Jennifer Kapelski said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2021 at 4:56 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy. Julie was always so kind and friendly to us and our children. I loved her smile and she always had a story... and always shared how proud she was of her family. She will be missed.

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Russ and Marillyn Rosenboom said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2021 at 4:10 PM

Wayne and Julie were such fun to be with. Flywheelers, Fort Madison, OYF picnics.,Stutgard Auctions Hot Springs Ark, Fair Oaks Dairy, Vermont. to name a few. Our Sympathy,

  • Clifton
  • Illinois
Pat Titus said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 5:48 PM

I knew Julie through our state pork producer association. She was such an inspiration for those who followed her high-heeled steps in later years. She was bright, full of life, and passionate about advancing the consumers’ knowledge about the value of pork in one’s diet. Julie and husband Wayne were powerhouses in the industry but always humble and willing to mentor those coming through the ranks (like me). My condolences to the family.

  • Arcola
  • IL
Marjorie (Marj) Grubb said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 4:36 PM

Our Loss is Heaven's Gain. Sweet Julie was my friend in the Lincoln Landers RV Club. She and Wayne were always smiling & fun to be with. May GOD Comfort all the Brokenhearted.

  • Springfield
  • IL
Donald and Marita Gass said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM

We extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Heberer family. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mark & Kim Forcade said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 12:09 PM

We were very sorry to hear of Julia’s passing. She was a very sweet lady. I enjoyed working and knowing her all these years. Please except our prayers and sympathy. She will be missed.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Tom and Laura Gauch said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 10:07 AM

Very sorry to hear of Julie’s passing. She was a bright light.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
John P. Crowe said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2021 at 9:13 AM

So sorry for your loss, she was a great person may she rest in peace

  • N. Ft. Myers,
  • Fl.
Barbara Logan said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 7:23 PM

Kathy and Kent and Families, Accept Vic and My condolences at your Moms passing. She was a great person. Smiling and always had a welcoming greeting whenever one met her. She will be deeply missed. Gods Blessings, Barb and Vic

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Skip, Becky & Hannah Steele said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 3:40 PM

Julie was the first person to welcome us to Schlueter-Germaine Rd. I became involved in so many organizations because of her. She reminded me of my mom & grandmother so much. It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye dear friend. You will be missed!! Becky Steele

  • Bono
  • AR
Elaine Behrmann said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 2:45 PM

So sorry to hear of Julie’s passing. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. Sending hugs and prayers to the family from all of us. RIP Julie, my friend. I’ll treasure the memories. Dennis & Elaine Behrmann Family

  • Albers
  • IL
Carol J. Brauer said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 1:56 PM

My deepest sympathy to you all. I certainly have lost a very dear and close friend. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers ??

  • Belleville
  • IL
Greg, Linda and Danny Zipfel said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 10:39 AM

Dear Kent, Kristine, Kaitlin, Kody, Kassidy, and the entire Heberer family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom/mother in law/grandma. She was such a sweet lady. Very giving and generous and cheerful. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all of you.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Les and Kay said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 10:06 AM

We extend our sympathy to your family. We were acquainted with Julie through Homemakers Extension and Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois

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