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Julie A. Henderson

Julie A. Henderson, age 53, of Chicago passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Seasons Hospice, Swedish Covenant Hospital. She was born December 15, 1966 to James and Judith (Holmes) Henderson in Rockford, IL. She grew up in Holland, MI and Valparaiso, IN. Julie graduated from Indiana University in 1989 with degrees in Art History and Italian. Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago where she worked at Art Mecca for several years before moving on to Morningstar. She then decided to fulfill her calling by earning her Master’s degree in teaching from DePaul University. She graduated in 1999 and started teaching Italian to students in kindergarten through 8th grade, first at Sayre Language Academy and then at AJLA. Her students were her world, and she was so excited to be able to take a few groups to tour Italy. Over the past several years, Julie developed her artistic talent in photography. Her photographs are reflective of how she viewed life and the world. She saw beauty in the mundane and broken as well as in the classically beautiful. She treasured the many family gatherings, trips, and celebrations. Julie is survived by her loving parents Jim and Judy, dear sister Jennifer, as well as beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. She will be remembered by her smile that lit up every room and her generous spirit that touched many hearts. If you would like to make a donation in Julie’s honor, consider Gilda’s Club ( ), PAWS Chicago (, or Dysautonomia International – the POTS research fund (  ). Or you can go out into the world and spread kindness. A private burial will take place at a later date at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago. A celebration of life is planned for summer 2021.

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This post has 4 comments
Kyra Foster
25 Nov 2020

Such a loss of such a kind spirit. Peace to all who knew Julie, her spirit carries on in all of us.

Donna P
25 Nov 2020

I’m so sorry for the world’s loss. Julie will always be remembered as a shining spirit. My family is so sorry for the grief Julie’s family is experiencing. Know that she is missed and that you are in many people’s prayers. Sincerely, Donna P

Erika Patrice
14 Dec 2020

My family truly adored Signora Henderson! She had a beautiful spirit and was very loving. Heaven has gained an Angel. She will be missed!

Sandy Thomas
15 Dec 2020

Julie was one of a kind…she had such a positive outlook and zest for life and found humor in everything (and always made me laugh!). She always had a kind word when you needed it most no matter what she is was experiencing herself. She is and will always be missed terribly. My thoughts are with you Jim, Judy and Jenn. Jenn – I always think Julie is up with my older sister Teresa and they are having a great time together and probably laughing like crazy. 🙂 xoxo


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