Obituary | Julie Ann Paquin of Brooks, Minnesota

Julie Ann Paquin, 72, of Brooks, MN, passed away on April 16, 2024, peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer, which she fought valiantly & without complaint.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Friday, April 26, 2024 and a Prayer Service at 6:30 PM Obit Thief River Falls, MN.

Memorial Service 11 AM Saturday, April 27, 2024, Obit Thief River Falls, MN

Burial will be at a later date in Asphult Cemetery rural McIntosh, MN

Julie, the third child and oldest daughter of eight, ,vas born on June 29, 1951, to Stanley Robe1i (“Bobby”) and Phyllis Verona (nee’ Reichenbach) Strom in Crookston, Minnesota. Julie was baptize at Kingo Lutheran Church, Fosston, MN, and confirmed at Asphult Lutheran Church, rural McIntosh, MN.

She grew up on a farm in Hill River Township, where she spent her childhood playing with her siblings and the neighborhood kids. This included doing things that all farm kids do, which consisted of chores (hauling wood was her least favorite), but they also built f011s in the woods, made mud pies, went fishing, swimming, and enjoyed numerous family picnics. In her young life, she had a great deal of tragedy as she lost her father at the age of 15 as a result of a work accident and her brother, David, just over a year later due to a car-train accident. She then moved with her family to McIntosh and graduated from McIntosh High School in 1969.

Julie met Michael Paquin, and they were married on April 24, 1971, in Oklee, Minnesota. They resided in the area for their entire lives, living on a small hobby farm for 50 years. To this union was born, Michelle, Dusty, and Bekki.

Julie was an extremely dedicated, hard & loyal worker at every job she held. She created lifeĀ­ long friendships from her time at Arctic Cat, Moran’s Supper Club, as a health aide and at DigiĀ­ Key. However, the work she cherished most was her role as a creator and purveyor of handmade crafts, from delicate baby bonnets to cozy wool mittens. This was her true passion, and her legacy of hard work and creativity will forever inspire those who were fortunate enough to know her.

Julie found joy in the company of others, relishing in coffee dates with friends and often making new acquaintances. She immersed herself in numerous hobbies, teaching herself the ai1 of knitting and crocheting from the pages of a book as well as embroidery and gardening. You could often find her searching for treasures at garage sales and even the simple act of cleaning brought her contentment. Her adventurous spirit led her to the local casino and extended to her love for traveL cherishing the memories made on family trips, most recently her unforgettable journey to Hawaii. She was a proud member of the Oklee American Legion Auxiliary as well as the Funeral Guild at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Julie was a very proud mother and grandmother, and she enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her children and grandchildren, talking to them on the phone, via FaceTime, or attending their many events whenever possible.

Also surviving are five siblings, Joe (Connie) Strom of McIntosh, MN, Dean (Gail) of McIntosh, MN, Mary (Mark) Schmidt of Crookston, MN, Beth (Tim) Fortin of Golden Valley, MN, and Terry (Heidi) Strom of Erskine, MN. Sister-in-law, Vicki Strom of McIntosh, MN. Numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Chester Jordet, brothers, Wayne and David, and niece, Natasha Strom.

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