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Julia C. (Konikiewicz) Detlefsen, 100, wife of the late Herman Detlefsen, of Pottstown, passed away on Tuesday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born in Jersey City, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Helen (Uryhn) Konikiewicz and the late Michael Konikiewicz.

Julie went to work as a seamstress at age thirteen, having to lend financial support to her widowed mother and family, as did her brothers and sisters. She worked hard in many garment sweatshops in N.J., becoming a Union Shop Steward. She stopped working to raise her family, and then afterward to help care for her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for the care she gave her family, the wonderful clothes and Halloween costumes she sewed for all, her love of cooking, generosity, and her great sense of humor. She will be missed by all. Julie was born on November 15, 1910, the year Halley’s Comet came closest to the earth, and departed this life on December 21, 2010, on the Winter Solstice during a Lunar Eclipse. She enjoyed a life well lived.

Those left to cherish Julie’s memory include her daughter; Martha Murphy, wife of Paul, daughter-in-law; Lorraine Detlefsen, grandchildren; Cheryl Clapper, Brian Detlefsen, husband of Jennifer, Paul Detlefsen, David Murphy, husband of Jenn, Steven Murphy, husband of Krista, Danielle McGuire, wife of Dave, great-grandchildren; Paul Jason, William, Kaitlyn, Gabrielle, and Emily Detlefsen, Aidan and Brian Murphy, Grant Clapper and Kyleigh McGuire, her sister; Helen Geraldi, nieces; Carolyn Stumpf and Donna Konkowitz, and god daughter; Bobbi Serpico. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by her son William, her sisters; Antoinette, Eva, and Sophie, her brothers; Stanley, Walter, and Frank, sister-in-law; Bertha, niece Lorraine, nephew Michael, and many good friends.

Funeral services will be held at a later date by her family.

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to either TriCounty Hospice, 13 Armand Hammer Boulevard, Suite # 201, Pottstown, Pa., 19464, or to the charity of your choice.

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