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Julia N. Rody

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

June 28, 1934 - April 23, 2013

ELKHART — Julia N. Rody, 78, of Elkhart, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Kindred Hospital in Mishawaka.

She was born June 28, 1934, in Ligonier to Walter and Inez (Hayden) Haid. She married William P. Rody on May 10, 1955. He preceded her in death on April 13, 1997.

Surviving are sons Steven (Shari) Rody and Christopher (Shelley) Rody; and daughter Jill (Steve Hiles) Dixon, all of Elkhart; and eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Patrick, Matthew, Angela, Lauren, Christine, Tyler and Ryan; and great-grandchildren Gabriel, Alicia and Abby.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sandy.

Julia retired as an administrative secretary after 25 years with Miles Laboratories, then worked for the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the Red Hat Society, Home Extension Club, Frontier Club, Elkhart General Hospital Auxiliary and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and served as a committee member for Elkhart High School Class of 1952 reunions.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Elkhart, with Dr. William Hemmig officiating. Burial will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials for Julia may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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