Julie A. Moore, 74, of Mishawaka, passed away at home late Wednesday, February 10, 2021, with her son and daughter by her side. Julie was born on June 1, 1946, in Mishawaka, to the late Marcel and Frances (Napieralski) Verspelt. She graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1964. On July 30, 1964 at a Park Dance in Battell Park, she met the man that would become the love of her life, Dennis Moore. They later married on September 7, 1968, at St. Monica’s Church in Mishawaka. Dennis preceded her in death on May 16, 2013.
Julie is survived by her children, Brad (Tracy) Moore and Renee (Andrew) Lewinski; grandchildren, Brandi, Kailyn, Savannah and Nolan; twin sister, Phyllis Dunning of Mishawaka; siblings, Vicky Palmiter of Niles, Carol VanZant of Mishawaka, Becky Chamberlin of Granger and Randy Verspelt of Elkhart. She also had numerous nieces and nephews.
Julie was a homemaker and stay at home mom for most of her life. She enjoyed watching Notre Dame Football for many years, even though sometimes she got too pumped up and had to change the channel or mute the TV. What she enjoyed most over the years is any chance to go out to eat. Hot summer nights often involved making a Bonnie Doon run for a chocolate mint soda or a malt. If not there, it was a trip to Dairy Queen for a blizzard. She without a doubt loved ice cream. She often went out to eat with her sister, followed by gatherings back at someone’s house with West End goodies. These gatherings often lasted late into the night, with lots of stories and laughter. If not eating out with her sisters, she also had nights out with her son. OutBack and Doc Pierce’s were some of their favorites. Over the course of many years, Saturday nights were spent playing cards with family until the late hours of the night. She also did cross-stitching in her earlier years and her later years loved to work crossword puzzles from the newspaper. Netflix became a favorite too when she could find a good series to binge-watch. She always loved the changing of the leaves in the fall, which led to many October vacations to Brown County State Park. In her later years, she fell in love with trips to pigeon forge. She enjoyed the cabins in the mountains and the beautiful scenery. Locally, she liked to shop over the years in Shipshewana and Amish Acres. Essenhaus Restaurant in Shipshewana was a favorite on her going out to eat list. She was never known to be at any of these places without her lipstick. She always had to make sure it was reapplied, even if she was simply going home for the night. She also helped babysit most of her grandkids, raising them and caring for them over the years. She was always a proud Grandma who loved and spoiled them all so very much.
Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 am-12:00 pm on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. A funeral service will be held immediately following at 12:00 pm. A private graveside service will take place in Fairview Cemetery. Due to current public health and safety standards for COVID-19, social distancing will be enforced and masks required.
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