Julia's Story

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Julia Veronica Miller, 92, of Terre Haute, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Sycamore Manor, surrounded by her family. She was born on May 5, 1924, in Terre Haute, to Peter and Anna (Henzil) Kaperak.
Julia is survived by her daughter, Judy Schomer and husband Gary of Terre Haute; grandchildren, Bill Schomer and wife Casey of West Lafayette, and Debra Collins and husband Mike of Terre Haute; great-grandchildren, Kimberly and Katie Collins of Terre Haute, and Kathryn, Christine and Daniel Schomer of West Lafayette; a brother, Bob Kaperak of Terre Haute; sister-in-law, Shirley Kaperak of Terre Haute; and many nieces and nephews.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 68 years, Forest E. Miller; great-grandson, Richard Schomer; and siblings, Patrick Kaperak, Vendele Kaperak, Peter Kaperak, Mike Kaperak, Mary Reynolds and Catherine Martin.
At the age of 17, Julia married Forest Miller. Together they went to Sioux Falls, S.D., and Biloxi, Miss., while Forest served in the United States Army during WWII. Julia and Forest came back to Terre Haute and lived in the same house for nearly 70 years. Julia devoted her life to raising her daughter, Judy. She enjoyed being a wife and mother, and she excelled in both roles. Julia enjoyed sitting on her front porch swing, feeding and watching the birds, and growing tomatoes in her yard. Homemaking was Julia's passion. She was a warm and welcoming hostess to anyone who visited, always making sure her guests were well fed. Julia was an excellent cook and her family particularly loved her pies and fudge. She loved making big Sunday lunches and cooking holiday meals. It can be said that no one ever left her house hungry.
Julia and Forest were avid bowlers. She bowled for over 60 years. Julia served as a league secretary for two separate leagues. She was a member of the Bowler's Hall of Fame and received many awards and certificates for her bowling achievements. She always thought of others and had greeting cards for any occasion. Julia also enjoyed playing bingo when she wasn't bowling.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at Roselawn Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 8, at the funeral home, with Pastor Kevin Drane officiating. Julia will be laid to rest next to her husband in Roselawn Memorial Park. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at:
Published on May 6, 2017
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