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Julie Ann Straszewski Wooldridge

April 28, 1969 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 54) 54 Years Old

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Julie Ann Straszewski Wooldridge of Wauwatosa, WI, was born to life on April 28, 1969, and was born to eternal life on February 7, 2024 at age 54. Julie passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones after her courageous journey with metastatic breast cancer. Julie is survived by her loving husband, Brian, two wonderful boys, Carter and Smith, her sister, Laura (Ray) Feller (nee Straszewski) and brother, John (Geralyn) Straszewski, her godchildren, Andrew Straszewski and Faith Feller, her in-laws, Don and Marilyn (Lambert) Wooldridge, Sheryl (Larry) Nierzwick, Tipton, IN, Scott (Jill) Wooldridge, Minneapolis, MN, as well as many beloved nieces, great nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless devoted friends.

Julie grew up in Wauwatosa and Franklin and attended Whitnall High School (Class of 1987). She was a proud Falcon – involved in school musicals, choirs, and pom pons – where her love of music and dance blossomed. She attended UW Milwaukee to study English (Class of 1991), was an excellent student, and volunteered as a tutor in the UWM Writing Lab. Julie was a stickler for good grammar, and after college, she would continue to encourage (and at times, correct) the proper use with others. Julie also loved to compete, and it was during her college years that she honed her pool-playing skills and became a silent pool shark. She loved to take on all challengers at many of Milwaukee’s East Side bars. 

Julie’s writing talents led her to a successful career in Marketing, spending the majority of her career at Assurant Health and more recently the Brady Corporation. Her writing skills, creativity, and magnetic personality made her a beloved teammate and she became a lifelong friend to many of her colleagues. 

Julie met the love of her life, Brian, while singing in local bands (The Gufs, The Yell Leaders, Wooldridge Brothers). They married in 2003 and created a wonderful life together. They raised two amazing sons, Carter and Smith, whom she loved with all her heart.  Together they shared their joy of music, travel, and entertaining with family and friends in Julie’s beautiful backyard. 

Julie was happiest at a sunny beach, but nothing compared to being a “Boy Mom.” She raised her boys  to have good manners, be empathetic, and treat women with the highest respect. She loved being at Carter or Smith’s various sports, music, school events, or wherever she could spend time with the ones she loved. Not to mention a good trip to Target! Julie also loved getting her back scratched. She wasn’t shy about asking family, friends, or even the occasional stranger, to lend a hand. And she never left the house without her signature red lipstick on and earrings in place, although she sometimes took care of that in the car…because she was always running on “Julie time!”

People were drawn to Julie – she had a charisma matched only by her beauty. She was smart, funny, fierce, sassy, loving, thoughtful, spirited, kind, and loyal. Julie amassed a large group of friends from all facets of her life – school, work, neighbors, etc. As such, Julie didn’t have many acquaintances – she had a genuine interest in others and the ability to make connections with people from all different areas of her life, making them all feel like her good friend. She was “Aunt Julie” not only to her nieces and nephews but to many of her friends’ children, with whom she held a special bond.

Throughout her life, Julie enjoyed helping others. She was very grateful for all her family and friends who rallied to support her during her illness. Julie had a strong faith and was comforted by the many prayers she received, as well as the outpouring of love and support for her family during this difficult time.

Special thanks to Julie’s medical team of doctors and staff, especially Dr Cheng & Maressa of the Froedtert Breast Cancer Center. We’re also grateful to the excellent staff and nurses at Aurora Zilber Family Hospice for their love and care in Julie’s final days.

Julie is preceded in death by her loving parents, Sara (nee Tagliavia) and John Straszewski, her great nephew Oliver James Straszewski, her first (fur) baby, Noodle, other special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home on Friday, February 16th at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 17th at St. Jude Parish (734 Glenview Ave, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Metavivor.


Services

Visitation
Friday
February 16, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Becker Ritter Funeral Home
14075 W. North Ave
Brookfield, WI 53005

Prayer Service
Friday
February 16, 2024

7:00 PM
Becker Ritter Funeral Home
14075 W. North Ave
Brookfield, WI 53005

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
February 17, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Jude the Apostle Parish (Glenview Avenue, Wauwatosa)

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