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Julie Voss



From a Facebook thread, December, 2011

Larry Cox
Forty years ago today, our classmate, Julia Diane Voss, unexpectedly passed away from illness-related complications.
Remembering Julieís passing so close to Christmas has always been a reminder of what is truly important this time of year.
December 15, 2011 at 8:09am
  • Randy Trimble I remember her. She was in my home room. She was so nice and beautiful. It was a very sad day.
    December 15, 2011 at 8:13am
    Tincher Terry Sat by her in 4th grade at Fillmore...She was a very nice person.
    December 15, 2011 at 8:29am
    Kate von Korff I remember her too. she was very nice.
    December 15, 2011 at 8:33am
    Robin Johnson Julie died from a very rare form of brain cancer (*****see messages below). I watched her deteriorate rapidly. When she died, it was so hard for me to believe that someone my age could die. I took on a new perspective of life after that. Thank you, Larry, for reminding us of this occurrence. Just shows how something could stay with you after all these years and leave such a big impression in your mind and heart.
    December 15, 2011 at 8:45am
    Mike Sandlin Julie was so cute! And a great sense of humor. She was a good friend. I missed her then... I miss her now. Thanks for posting Larry.
    December 15, 2011 at 10:08am
    Phil Lakes Thanks for posting this Larry.
    December 15, 2011 at 10:28am
    Pete Mishos Wow- still blows me away after all of these years. Thanks for posting Larry.
    December 15, 2011 at 10:38am via mobile
    Patti Hambleton I'll never forget that day. Feel the same way Pete.
    December 15, 2011 at 11:22am
    John Cole Thanks Larry for the remembrance and the posting...
    December 15, 2011 at 12:18pm
    Donny Perry Hair braided wet then allowed to dry, tie dyed shirt, bell bottoms, sandals ... I miss you my little hippy friend
    December 15, 2011 at 1:39pm
    Marilyn Chrisman I couldn't believe it when I saw your post this morning. Last night while dusting a bookshelf I pulled out a yearbook from Wilson jr high and one of the people that signed it was Julie. I was reminiscing about some of our fun times together. We were friends beginning at Cleveland. The week before she died we were on a Hamilton City bus together and making plans for some fun get together that never occurred. Instead I visited her in the hospital and then unbelievably her funeral. She was a good friend that I've thought about through the years. Thanks for honoring her memory today.
    December 15, 2011 at 1:40pm via mobile
    Marilyn Chrisman Also brings back memories of her dad. That's how I met her because he was our gym teacher at Cleveland. Anyone out there remember his famous unicycle team? I wasn't on it but I recall it was the hottest thing in town for a few years!
    December 15, 2011 at 1:44pm via mobile
    Lisa Ponessa I didn't know her well, but wish I had the chance to. Very sad to remember her passing so young.
    December 15, 2011 at 5:01pm
    Paula Venable Julie was in homeroom with me. I remember that being a very difficult time for all of us. Marilyn Chrisman, I remember being in her dad's gym class as well. I never did know why she died.
    December 15, 2011 at 7:12pm
    Robin Johnson On a lighter note, I was not Julie's favorite person in high school. We had a crush on the same guy--and when you're 15, that's a big deal. All it ever was for me was a crush--I wasn't even allowed to date then. LOL But Julie felt like I was imposing on her territory... LOL
    December 15, 2011 at 7:36pm
    Karen Mullin Thank you so much for remembering Julie.She is in our hearts-as her family.
    December 15, 2011 at 8:36pm via
    Stephanie C. Kovats Larry, thanks for posting this. Julie was a very good friend. I'll never forget the day she died and her funeral. I think of her often. I never heard anything about brain cancer,*** I heard that she died of Reye's Syndrome, something we knew nothing about, back in the day.
    December 16, 2011 at 12:43am
    Jan Walters Edgerton Stephanie, I think you are right about the Reye's syndrome. Our parents were very good friends and we spent many evenings together while the "old folks" played cards. We were ecstatic when the footbridge was installed that connected Twinbrook sub. to Brookwood! We were able to walk or ride bikes to each other's houses. Julie was indeed a sweetheart. I loved her spunk and sass!
    December 16, 2011 at 8:32am
    Connie Jahner thanks for posting, although her and i werent close I knew her and she was a nice girl, it was a sad day i remember it well and I too think of her often. In 2005 there was a tragic accident in our town took the life of 2 young people, the boy was a cousin and neighbor of our family, the girl was a sophomore in high school and on the volleyball team with our youngest daughter. To watch 2 sets of parents 2 days apart bury their teenage child was almost more than I could bear. To watch my young teens go through such pain at the loss of their friend and cousin. It was right about the time that Kenny Chesney song "who would you be today" came out.....Made me remember back to when Julie passed away and wonder what would she be today... Thanks for posting - a nice memorial to our classmate, I guess I hadn't realized it was so close to Christmas that this had happened.
    December 16, 2011 at 9:32am
    Robin Johnson My apologies everyone, if I was told erroneous information when Julie was so sick. If she lost her life to Reye's syndrome 40 yrs ago--it is tragic that we still don't know much more about the disease now than we did then. Again, I'm so sorry for being told that it was cancer that took her life, when it wasn't.
    December 16, 2011 at 2:58pm
    Mike Sandlin Many of us didn't know for a long time. I remember that I had never heard of it before. Were any of you in Mr. Riddick's class when you found out? I was & can remember going out in the hall because I didn't want to cry in front of everyone. As it turned out, many of us ended up in that hall.
    December 16, 2011 at 3:04pm
    Robin Johnson I didn't have Mr Riddick as a teacher. But I remember getting off the school bus that afternoon, walking into my house and breaking out in tears. My poor mother still remembers that to this day.
    December 16, 2011 at 3:08pm
    Pam Miller Was very, very sad for all of us ... and for many, our first funeral ... heartbreaking ....
    December 16, 2011 at 4:15pm
    Kate von Korff I was in Riddicks class but had found out earlier that day.
    December 16, 2011 at 4:55pm
    Stephanie C. Kovats I might have been in Mr. Riddick's class. I was definitely in the hallway. I think I ended up in the bathroom. I had gone to the hospital the previous two days after school to visit her. Saw her the first day and joked about how she'd do anything to get out of school. The second day, her dad came out and told us (Sally? or Debbie?) that Julie couldn't have visitors that day because she had just had a seizure. The next day, she was gone. As I think of it now, I'm a bit ashamed but I was at her funeral visitation until it was over. Her parents brought me home. And yes, she was "spunky".
    December 16, 2011 at 11:32pm
    Chris Jones Julie and I were close all the way back to Cleveland school. Remember that Cleveland mini tigers? I had a crush on her because of her pretty hair :) Mr. Voss was a great gym teacher and a nice guy to all us kids. One the saddest days of my life.
    December 17, 2011 at 9:30am via mobile
    Karen Mullin Stephanie that was me.Remember when we got out of class.And........................some girls...........said we would dance on her g----!And.............again a fight started?
    December 17, 2011 at 7:18pm via
    Nancy McWhorter Wolpert It was a sad day. I wonder if her portrait is still hanging in the school.
    December 17, 2011 at 9:35pm
    Pamela Rogers Felts I worked at the front desk of Ft Hamilton during that time and remember this tragedy so well. Her mom and dad would come to the desk to get their visitor cards to go upstairs and I could see how worried they were. When I asked them about her condition at one point, they had stated it was meningitis but it could be that drs were speculating but just hadn't confirmed otherwise yet. I never knew it turned out to be Reye's Syndrome. I rode home on the bus with her either the day she was hospitalized or the day before. I remember the whole time home she had her head leaned over on the window and you could tell something was wrong. I still see that image very clearly in my mind. So so sad.
    December 18, 2011 at 3:31am via mobile
    December 18, 2011 at 9:05pm
    Lisa Gaylord Bowen I will never forget the empty desk that remained empty for the entire year.