Julie A. Tass

Julie A. Tass

IRON MOUNTAIN — Julie A. Tass, 63, of Iron Mountain, passed peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 18, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with ALS.

Julie was born in Stambaugh on May 9, 1954, to Edward and Gerry (Beaudry) Kukuk. Julie was raised in this area and was a 1972 graduate of Iron Mountain High School. She continued her education at Central Michigan University and received her Bachelor of Science in education in 1976.

She married Ron Tass on June 12, 1976, at St. Mary and St. Joseph Church in Iron Mountain. Together she and Ron raised three children.

Julie was a stay at home mother and after the kids had grown, went back to work as an educational assistant and substitute teacher for the Iron Mountain School System. Julie was a member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Church. Over the years she has been active in many of the church activities. She enjoyed camping, going to camp, reading and being a spectator at all sporting events. She especially loved spending time with family and grandchildren.

Julie’s purpose and passion in life was her family. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. These roles were her mission in life. To know Julie was to love Julie. From the moment you met her, you were accepted and loved. She met her challenges with acceptance and grace, never with a complaint. She was the definition of appreciation for everything done by everyone. She leaves a wonderful footprint from her journey through life and will be missed by all who knew her.

Julie was preceded in death by her father, Edward Kukuk.

She is survived by her husband, Ron; children, Brian (Anne) Tass of Novi, Michelle (Tom) Phelps of Kingsford and Steven (Nicole) Tass of Nashville, Tenn.; her mother, Gerry Kukuk of Kingsford; grandchildren, Mya and Macy Tass, Tyler, Logan and Makayla Phelps.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at St. Mary and St. Joseph Church. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Fr. Janusz Romanek will offer the Mass of Christian Burial.

Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.

Pallbearers will be, Brian Tass, Steven Tass, Tom Phelps, Bruce Dishnow, Dave Quilliam and Michael Quilliam.

Condolences to the family of Julie Tass may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.