Julie Papenfus, 67, of Racine

Julie K. Papenfus, 67, of Racine, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at her home following a short illness with cancer.

Julie Kay Meyer was born on Dec. 27, 1951, in Preston to Norman and Dorothy (Jeche) Meyer.  She grew up on the family farm in rural Wykoff and attended Wykoff schools, graduating from Wykoff High School in 1969.  She moved to Rochester and was employed at the First National Bank.

She was married on May 27, 1972, in Wykoff to Byron Papenfus. Following their marriage the two moved to Rochester for a few years before building a house in Racine in 1978 where they raised their children and continued to make their home. Julie was a homemaker and was employed at First Farmers and Merchant Bank in Grand Meadow and operated a children’s day care from her home for a number of years. She was employed for the past five years as a para-professional at Jefferson Elementary School in Rochester, retiring due to her health. Byron was employed for 10 years at Clements Chevrolet in Rochester and was employed for many years as a truck driver at Bill Funk Trucking in Chatfield and Montgomery Trucking in Austin. Julie was a member of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville. She loved time spent with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Byron, her son, Nick (Lisa) Papenfus, and  granddaughter, Hayley all of Rochester, and her daughter, Jamie (Ken) Downs, and grandson, Preston, all of Corona, California, and one brother, Steve Meyer, of Cross Lake, Minnesota..

The funeral service was Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Grace Evangelical Free Church with the Rev. John Grams officiating.  Burial was to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.