Julia (Evanick) Grabarek – of Stow, Friday, November 13th. Beloved wife of the late Harry Grabarek. Devoted mother of Marguerite Grabarek of MI, Ellen Marashio and her husband Joseph “Joe” of Woburn, Joan Scudder and her husband Murray of Centerville, Michael Grabarek and his wife Astrid Uryson of CT, Robert Grabarek and his fiancee Mari Spallone of CT, and Lisa Bougoulas and her husband Manny of Sudbury. Cherished grandmother of fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Julias Memorial Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, November 20th at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at Bourne National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA 02532, at 2:30 P.M. At the familys request, please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Julia’s memory to: Buddy Dog Humane Society, 151 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776, or to the charity of ones choice.
Julia Grabarek (Evanick) of Stow, passed away on Friday, November 13th. The wife of the late Harry Grabarek, she was eighty nine years of age.
Born in Heckscherville, PA to the late Aleck and Anna (Lukasina) Evanick. Following High School Julia continued her education at St. Agnes School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Upon attaining her degree in Nursing she enlisted in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II, proudly serving those in need. After the War, Julia worked for several years as a Registered Nurse, before meeting and marrying Harry Grabarek in 1950. Settling in Meriden, Connecticut this union produced six wonderful children: Marguerite of Ann Arbor, MI, Ellen Marashio (husband Joe) of Woburn, MA, Joan Scudder (husband Murray) of Centerville, MA, Michael (wife Astrid) of Killingly, CT, Robert (fiancé Mari Spallone) of Clinton, CT and Lisa Bougoulas (husband Manny) of Sudbury, MA. When her beloved husband passed away in 1982 she spent the next 33 years being incredibly brave and living her life to the fullest.
Even though she was extremely shy, she traveled alone and participated in 64 Elderhostel trips throughout the United States. These trips were based upon her favorite passions in life: history, golf, music and bridge. When not traveling, Julia spent much of her time driving between the area senior centers and participating in their many events and classes. Julia especially loved history and current event classes, playing the piano and knitting hats for her children and grandchildren. An avid reader and an avid shopper many times going on elaborate searches to find items she thought one of her children or grandchildren wanted or needed, their wishes were Julias commands! All it took was one of her grandchildren mentioning an interest in golf, and within days she would have either golf balls, tees or clubs dropped off for them.
Julia is survived by her sisters Mary and Helen and her brother Michael, as well as her six children, fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A testament to her legacy is that all her children went on to become wonderful parents, aunts and uncles with genuinely good, kind, sensitive souls.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Julias Memorial Mass in Saint Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, November 20th at 10:00 am. Interment will be held at Bourne National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA at 2:30 pm. Please in lieu of flowers, perform an unsolicited act of kindness in her name and in her memory.
Julia is now in the arms of our blessed Lord and is with her loved ones. Jesus is taking care of her in the warmth of His love and she is at peace.