Julia Lohr Bowen

Waterloo, NY


Julia Lohr Bowen died on Monday, June 3, 2019 at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Penn Yan following a brief illness.

Born in Geneva August 17, 1941 to Ruth [Edgett] and James Lohr, she grew up in Waterloo and graduated from Waterloo High School in 1959. Julie loved the Finger Lakes, having spent every summer since childhood swimming, diving, and frolicking in Cayuga Lake at the family cottage of her grandfather, the late Bert Edgett.

Julie loved music; especially drum corps, rock & roll, musical theatre, and hometown parades. Movies, especially old black & white ones were her favorites; if they had happy endings.

In her teens, Julie worked as a waitress and then worked at Willard Hospital as a patient aide. She later worked several years at Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester NY; met and married Glenn Richard Bowen in 1965 and by 1967 they were blessed with two loving daughters. The family relocated to Massachusetts where Dick’s work took them.

Julie and the girls returned to Waterloo in 1974 and Julie returned to work for the state at Newark Development Center and at state-run community residences in Waterloo until her retirement.

Julie is survived by daughters Audra Bailey, Waterloo and Valerie [Tim] Austin, Farmington NY;  grandchildren Kari Bailey, Glenn Austin, and Bethany Austin; a brother Wayne [Joyce] Lohr, Seneca Falls; maternal aunt, Margaret Velte of Exton PA and several cousins, nieces, nephews and a sizeable group of loving friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, sister Connie Lemieux, and a grandson, James Bailey.

A graveside service will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 2 PM in Maple Grove Cemetery, Stark St., Waterloo.

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