She was born February 14, 1929 to Sidney O. Zell and Lois (Oothoudt) Zell in Eden Prairie, Minnesota She grew up and attended schools in Maple Grove, Osseo, and graduated from Mora High School in 1947 . Julia married Walter Swalboski on March 18, 1949 in Foley. They had three children. They made their home in Foley for a short time, then moved to Coin, MN, and later to Milaca and Foreston. Walter died in 1995. Julia then moved to the Brainerd/Baxter area and lived with her daughter, Marlys. Julia had been an office worker and later a payroll supervisor for the family business. She also worked as a volunteer with the Mille Lacs County Historical Society and the Milaca Area Food Pantry. She was active in the Maple Ridge Evangelical Free Church and the Milaca Evangelical Free Church where she was a Sunday School and VBS teacher and headed the White Cross section of the Womens Missionary Society. Julia enjoyed embroidery, gardening and reading and was known to have read a book a day. She also was an active genealogist and was fond of antique stores and Antique Road Show.
She is survived by her daughter, Marlys R. of Brainerd/Baxter, with whom she made her home; sons, Martin L. of Jamestown, NY, and Wayne R. and his friend Jacquelyn Johnson of Siren, WI.; grandchildren Janelle (Craig) Stoeckmann of Mora, Lindsay Hanneken of Malmo, Angelia (Corey) Wills of Mora, Robyn (Shane) Briggle of Malmo and Wayne Jr of Quamba; great-grandchildren Jacob (Samantha) Swalboski of Princeton, Brittney (Austin) Fleischauer of Grantsburg, WI, Morgan (Noah) Girtz of Fargo, ND, Noah Hanneken of Little Falls, Tristen Schmidt of Coon Rapids, Dre Atchison of Big Lake, Allison and Maddison Briggle of Quamba and Waylon Briggle of Malmo, Camren Swalboski and Chloe Leisering of Isanti and Ava Swalboski of Ogilvie; great-great-grandchildren Lilyian and Elizabeth Swalboski of Princeton; and brother Stuart (Carol) Zell of Nisswa.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister. Sara Mae Zell and infant sister Shirley.
Services will be held at the Milaca Evangelical Free Church on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 11 AM. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to The Babinski Foundation 2825 76th St SW Pequot Lakes, MN, 56472 or The Milaca Community Library 1st St E Milaca, MN 56353.
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