Julie Stockman, 59, passed away on December 12th, 2022 in her sleep.
The family will have a private memorial service in Williston this Spring.
Julie Deane Stockman was born on Father’s Day June 16th, 1963 in Moorhead, MN to Richard and Dorothy Stockman. She was raised with her two older brothers, Paul and Bruce, and her younger sister, Kristin in Williston, ND. Julie was precious, beautiful, and amazing. She always had a mischievous side from early on. She loved to tease and be silly and she was stubborn. Julie made her way through Rickard Elementary and Williston High School and even tried out college at NDSU Bottineau and Minot State.
She loved to play in the neighborhood with kids and she led her little sister on many frog and salamander hunting excursions through the neighbors’ window wells. Julie loved riding her motorcycle at the cabin on Lake Sakakawea and showed her grit and determination each summer towards her goal of skiing behind the family boat (or the Olson’s boat). It was a glorious event for all who witnessed it that day she finally made it up on those skis. Julie loved to travel with her family as dad drove the motor home across the country and she had several opportunities to embark on adventures with her mom to places like Disney World and trips to Minneapolis for Twins games. She remained a loyal and faithful Viking and Twins fan always. Recently a big priority for Julie was making sure she had access to watch the Vikings on Sundays. Julie had a strong faith in Jesus and participated in Younglife in her youth and was always looking to be a part of a church or bible study up until her final days.
Julie had lived in Wilton, ND for the past 14 years in a supported living home that was a positive place for her, with kind staff, and an abundance of Bingo, Latchhook, and Yahtzee. Staff and residents always had nice things to say about Julie. She looked forward to her summers with long visits from her mom and other family cruising around Bismarck, and she was always eager to get updates on the activities and accomplishments of her nephews and nieces. Sadly, the center abruptly closed five months ago, and it made for a hard transition to a new residence in Mandan.
Julie was blessed in many ways, but life wasn’t an easy journey for her. She struggled very long and very hard with depression and later psychosis that was painful for her. She did her best to thrive in a mental health system that is sadly inadequate for those most in need. That said, Julie was a model for never giving up and had a huge heart of gratitude for any kindness anyone showed her. Her most spoken phrase was “thank you so much.” We will dearly miss Julie’s huge, generous heart.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jacob Isaak, Alma (Lang) Weisgerber and Ralph T. Weisgerber and Francis Stockman and Lorraine (McLean) Stockman.
She is survived by her loving parents, Dorothy Irene (Isaak) Stockman and Richard Wayne Stockman of Peoria, AZ; her brother, L. Paul Stockman and wife, Maria (Ramirez) Stockman of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Bruce Stockman and Shelley (Vig) Stockman of Williston, ND, and sister Kristin (Stockman) Balc and Alex Balc of Geneva, IL. She also had five nieces and nephews whom she loved, Jacob Stockman (Chelsea Stockman) of Chandler, AZ, Derek Stockman of Tempe, AZ, Sable Stockman of Williston, ND, and Tessa and Jesse Balc, both of Geneva, IL.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in honor of Julie to Younglife at giving.younglife.org or to something dear to your heart.