Julie Norby, 64, Green Bay, passed away following a very long, and for the most part successful fight, with Carcinoid, a rare, slow moving, and unusual cancer on Monday, October 1, 2018 in her home at Ridge Pointe CBRF in Green Bay, part of Compass Development where she resided since 2009. She was born April 25, 1954, in Beloit, WI to Helge "Ollie" Norby and Audrey B. Norby. They were dedicated parents to both their girls and were especially active advocating for Julie's special needs.
Julie grew up on a farm in Beloit Township and there she especially enjoyed the animals and riding her bike. She attended Blackhawk School for the Handicapped and then Glen Oaks School in Janesville, WI graduating from there in 1974. Julie attended Kandu Industries for several years until her move to Green Bay. She was active in Special Olympics in Beloit and also the Nazarene Church in Rockton, IL., activities that both she and her mother enjoyed sharing together. She graduated with a competency certificate in 1996 as a Food Service Aide from Blackhawk Technical School in Janesville, WI. She loved to help out in the kitchen and took it upon herself to always clean up the dirty plates after a meal, a job she was zealous about! Over the years jigsaw puzzles and small stuffed animals as well as a miniature toy school bus were always in use and never far away. She traveled with her mother throughout the United States and Canada visiting friends and relatives. Julie's life was rich and varied. This was primarily due to the tireless efforts of her mother to promote any and all activities that would enrich Julie's life.
Julie and her mother Audrey moved to Green Bay from Beloit, WI in 1997. Since moving to Green Bay she had participated in the day services at the ASPIRO Dousman location and also with the Packerland Jets Special Olympics athletes. Julie attended the Senior Program at ASPIRO and was in Special Olympics, most recently bowling and playing bocce, and previously basketball skills and track too. She was very social and enjoyed the many friends she has made in these organizations over the years. These were activities and programs that Julie participated in with the support of her mother and later with her sister, Linda. Ramp bowling with her sister was a "team effort" they both enjoyed enormously.
In 2005 Julie was paired up with Laura Klarkowski through ASPIRO's Advocacy Program (later renamed "Friends Forever Program" but now, unfortunately, defunct). Laura was Julie's very special friend and her impact on Julie's life brought much joy to Julie and her family.
Julie is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Linda and John Stein, her niece, Emilie Stein; nephew, John Oliver "Ollie" Stein (Tricia); great-niece, Willow Grace all of Green Bay, and her aunt, Stella Birkett in Kearney, AZ; and many cousins.
Julie was preceded in death by her father in 1975, and recently her mother in August. Her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and some cousins had passed prior to Julie. Julie loved her family and they all, to varying degrees, added richness to her life with their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Julie's name to ASPIRO, 1673 Dousman St., Green Bay, WI 54303, a community based organization that helps people with disabilities live their best lives. A special thank you is extended to Aspiro - Dousman Site, Special Olympics Packerland Jets, Ridge Pointe/Compass Development, and Unity Hospice, as well as Dr. Bozena Biernat at Bellin Family Clinic in DePere , Dr. Hassan Tahlsidar at Bellin Cancer Team, and Dr. Peter Fergus with Prevea, and Lakeland Care, Inc. for their loving care and emotional support over the years. "It takes a village" to see to it that individuals with special needs can reach their full potential and Julie was fortunate to have one.
Family and friends attended services at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, WI with visitation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4th, followed by the Funeral Service at 6:30 p.m. with Chaplain Steve Fewell officiating. Burial will take place at Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit on Saturday, October 6 at 1:30p.m. with a short grave side service. Blaney Funeral Home, Green Bay, WI is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.