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Julia Ann Blauvelt

Julia Ann (Hawley) Blauvelt passed into eternal rest and peace on Thursday, September 6th, 2018. Known to all as Julie, she was born in Monroe, Connecticut on Saturday, July 6th, 1929. Her delighted parents were Bradford William Hawley and Fanny Henrietta (Schmidt) Hawley. Julie attended Monroe Elementary School, Whittier Junior High School and Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, graduating in June, 1947. As a young girl Julie had a dog named Skippy whom she loved dearly and Skippy loved cows. Julie enjoyed acting in many school plays. This enjoyment partially shaped her future career. After graduating from Bassick, Julie attended The Teachers' College of Connecticut in New Britain (now known as Central Connecticut State University), graduating in 1951 with a degree in elementary education. Julie's first teaching position was at Charter Oak School in West Hartford. On July 5th, 1952, Julie married Richard I. (Dick) Blauvelt and they settled in Middle Haddam, Connecticut. In 1953, she took a new teaching position at Central School in Portland, Connecticut. In 1954, Julie moved to the old Gildersleeve School in Portland as teaching principal and second grade teacher. 1960 saw a move to the Hebron Avenue School in Glastonbury, Connecticut to teach kindergarten. A 1963 career pause to raise her younger son, Peter, ended in 1969 when both Julie and Peter returned to elementary school. Julie continued teaching first grade at the Valley View School in Portland until her retirement in 1995. Many children who passed through her classes remember being in a play because she gave one every year she taught. Peter Pan, Katie No-Pockets and other plays brought many good laughs over the years. In retirement and as a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland, Julie found fulfillment with the Women's Guild of the church and spent many hours volunteering at theThrift Shop along with her friends. Julie leaves two sons, Richard H. Blauvelt and his fiancé, June Goguen, of Hinsdale, N.H. and Peter T. Blauvelt and his wife, Pamela, of Newport Rhode Island; three grandchildren, Emma and Jillian of Boston, Massachusetts, and Christopher of East Hampton, Connecticut. Julie was predeceased by her daughter, Jill Anne, in July of 1974 and by her husband, Dick, in July of 2011. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 15th at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church, 345 Main St., Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Friday, September 14th from 5 to 7 p.m.

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