ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Julie Ostertag, 41 years old, born on April 7, 1979, and passed away on February 28, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Sarah Davis on April 7, 2021
I am thinking about Julie today, along with all of her friends at Center for Creative works. We miss her deeply, but we are celebrating her birthday by remembering all of the funny memories we got to share.

To Kathleen, Franz, and Allison, just know you are still a part of our community and we hope to see you again soon. 
Posted by Franz Ostertag on March 14, 2021
Thanks to all who paid tribute to Julie "The Superstar". She is greatly missed by me and the family. She is also greatly missed by her friends on 63rd St., Camp Hill Special School, The Lukas Community, Vernon House Apartments, and St Bridget Church. Thanks again
Posted by Sarah Davis on March 3, 2021
I worked with Julie and her mother, and felt very connected to them both. Julie was so vibrant and funny. At times, I remember Julie would struggle with feeling insecure, but she loved people and wanted her personal connections to be meaningful and lasting. Around this time last year ago, Julie and I had worked on saying affirmations to comfort herself in moments of self-doubt. These were her words to herself;

Julie, you deserve to be happy with your friends that care about you.
Julie, you are allowed to let go of this chapter of your life. You can close the book, and bury it with dirt.
Julie, you are a different person now than you were before.
Posted by Stephanie Petro-McClellan on March 3, 2021
When I found out Julie liked birds we were instantly connected. Through that connection I did get to know Julie better. Julie liked the cedar waxwing, these are yellow birds that have very expressive eye markings. They are bold looking birds.

Like those birds, Julie was a bold and passionate woman who expressed herself that way. She cared deeply for others and always made you feel like you were the most important person to her at that moment. Julie listened to people.

Julie also had an incredibly unique voice :) and unique perspective. I remember Julie getting really excited over the turquoise blue color of my water bottle, this passion for color probably was why she always wanted everyone else to brighten themselves up! I will always appreciate Julies blue hair, bold personality, passion and kindness.
 stephanie
Posted by Virginia Thimme on March 3, 2021
Julie was a student at the Camphill School in the late 80s and 90s.
As a child, Julie was full of energy and mischief...
She loved to dance and sing; and run and swing. She had her favorite swing on the school campus and she would run out to that swing at all times of the day and night and in the early morning hours. (We didn't get much sleep in those days!) We rigged up every door in our house with jingle bells and whistles and buzzers. Julie looked at them all, then said: “I don’t think it will work, but I appreciate the effort!!”
As a teenager, Julie loved boys and romance and Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. She loved fashion, glamour, dressing up and painting her nails. She once said to the lady running our house: “I think you should dye your hair and put on some make-up and cheer the house up a bit!!”
Rest in peace, dear Julie. You made us all laugh and kept us all on our toes. My daughter, Lucy, says: all the best Beaver Run stories are about you!
Sending love to Julie’s parents, Kathleen and Franz, and Julie’s sister, Allison.
From Ginny, Julie's dormitory parent for two years.
Posted by christine and carl Trunk on March 3, 2021
Carl and I will remember Julie for her kindness and beautiful way with life. She always had a smile to share.
Posted by Pearl Corry on March 2, 2021
I am devastated to hear of Julie’s passing ❤️ Words can’t possibly capture her wonderful personality. I loved talking with Julie over zoom this past year and hearing about strawberry shortcake, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, birds, and fashion. I’m so sad we won’t get to have our fashion show or make that remake of The Man in the Moon. Talking with Julie always made me feel like making art! We’ll remember you forever, Julie! You’re a star! Much love to your family.
Posted by marley scheiner on March 2, 2021
Julie was a superstar and shared that energy wherever she was. I will never forget the way she could shake her hips to a Britney or Spice Girls song and the pure fun she brought to everyone around her in those moments.
Posted by annesley williams on March 1, 2021
I worked with Julie at CCW, we worked on a lot of sewing and fabric arts together, her art was always so vibrant just like her. She was so talented! watching her sing and dance to the songs she wrote was always so fun. She always talked about her family and asked about her friends, she really was so caring. I loved when Julie would walk in the center and say hello to everyone.  I feel so blessed to have known Julie. she truly was light and joy. <3
Posted by Karla Varrell on March 1, 2021
Kathleen, Franz, & Allison - I’m so sorry for your loss. Julie looks as cheerful in these pictures as she did in her conversations about Michael Jackson 20 years ago. I’m going to have my eye out for a snowy owl. I’m sad with you. 
Love,
Karla
Posted by Andy Schmitt on March 1, 2021
I'll miss our talks about our love for concerts, the show Laguna Beach, Joan Jett's version of "Crimson & Clover" & dealing with the angst of unrequited love. She was always kind & asked about my dog. Someone posted photos I took of Julie performing a few summers ago & anyone who was there saw how she was a born star. That was a great day.

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Posted by Sarah Davis on April 7, 2021
I am thinking about Julie today, along with all of her friends at Center for Creative works. We miss her deeply, but we are celebrating her birthday by remembering all of the funny memories we got to share.

To Kathleen, Franz, and Allison, just know you are still a part of our community and we hope to see you again soon. 
Posted by Franz Ostertag on March 14, 2021
Thanks to all who paid tribute to Julie "The Superstar". She is greatly missed by me and the family. She is also greatly missed by her friends on 63rd St., Camp Hill Special School, The Lukas Community, Vernon House Apartments, and St Bridget Church. Thanks again
Posted by Sarah Davis on March 3, 2021
I worked with Julie and her mother, and felt very connected to them both. Julie was so vibrant and funny. At times, I remember Julie would struggle with feeling insecure, but she loved people and wanted her personal connections to be meaningful and lasting. Around this time last year ago, Julie and I had worked on saying affirmations to comfort herself in moments of self-doubt. These were her words to herself;

Julie, you deserve to be happy with your friends that care about you.
Julie, you are allowed to let go of this chapter of your life. You can close the book, and bury it with dirt.
Julie, you are a different person now than you were before.
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Trip to Lukas

Julie enjoyed her yearly trip to Lukas Community for the Harvest Fest and spend time with Bailey, Helen, Hanna, Dan, Amy, and other friends. We all sat down for home-made soups and spreads (best bread in the world made exclusively for the community) and butter and cheese and other spreads.  Afterwards we square danced.
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Christmas Eve

Shared by Andrena Ingram on March 3, 2021
Let me first offer my condolences to the family ❣️ 
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One Christmas Eve at St Michaels, was particularly beautiful. Everything went right ...music, song, sermon, and at the last, the lighting of each person’s candle, as the lights are dimmed with a singing of Silent Night, Holy Night

As the congregation lined up to leave, greeting the pastor at the door (oh what a wonderful service, Pastor, etc ... and etc). When it came time for Julie and mom to leave, Julie shook my hand, as she looked at me with wide eyes and said: Whoopi, is that you???? All we could do is say no and chuckle, laugh...

I guess Julie knew what the others didn’t, that I am not particularly fond of Whoopi. ‍♀️ But I am looking at Whoopi a lil differently these days; thanks to Julie

Kathleen, I pray you remember that night, when you have nights that are more silent than others...remember the wide eyed honesty that can only be defined as sacred.  ✌ Much love, dhoruba❣️