Julie was a retired flight nurse for Arch Air Medical, providing loving care to patients for over 30 years. Julie loved spending her time outdoors boating and relaxing at their house on Table Rock Lake. During her first trip to Tampa, she found her love for manatees. Since then, she has been a proud member of Save the Manatee Club. She devoted and loved spending her time with her grandchildren. From tubing with them at her Lake Home on Table Rock Lake, visiting their schools for special events and to spending quiet quality one on one time with each of them. She was a positive influence for each of the grandchildren and will truly be missed.
Julie was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Beth Eichenseer nee Frees; her grandparents, Walter and Viola, nee Gundlach, Frees; and her brother and sister in law, Timothy Michael and Joan Marie, nee Wessel, Eichenseer.
Surviving are her better half of 25 years, Jim Welby, of St. Louis, MO;
two daughters, Stephanie (Chris) Digirolamo of Collinsville, IL, and Laura Valenti of Tampa, FL;
four grandchildren, Donald Keith Thomas III, Mia Anne Digirolamo, Ava Marie Digirolamo, and Drue Valenti; her father, Irvin “Bud” Eichenseer of Belleville, IL; and her siblings, Vicki (Bert Sr) Agor, Terry (Kate) Eichenseer, Mark (Jayne) Eichenseer, Mary Lynn (Dan) Belz, and Ann Eichenseer.
Memorials may be made in Julie’s name to Save the Manatee Club (https://www.savethemanatee.org/), to de Greeff Hospice House (http://www.stanthonysmedcenter.com/Medical-Services/Hospice/Giving), or to Annie’s Hope (http://annieshope.org/). Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com
A private Burial Ceremony will be will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life with close friends and family at The Shrine, Belleville, IL.