Julia Clabby Terpstra, 1924 - 2015

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Julia Clabby Terpstra, 90, of 135 Summit Avenue, Lewiston, died at her home on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Lewiston on December 18, 1924, she was the daughter of Patrick H. and Margaret Madden Clabby. Educated locally, she was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of ’42. She worked for the phone company for a few years, and then on July 3, 1948, she married Arthur Terpstra, and the two made their home in Walpole, MA. Mr. Terpstra passed away in 1996. She had been active in the Walpole VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and upon her return to Lewiston in 1990 she was active in the former St. Patrick’s Parish, including with the Rosary Sodality and the “Silver Liners.” Always very good with her hands, she enjoyed sewing and knitting items for her family. A member of the former St. Patrick’s Church, she was a communicant of Ss. Peter & Paul Basilica, Prince of Peace Parish. Survivors include two sons, Stephen and wife Ann of Seabrook, NH, and Timothy and wife Cheryl of Walpole, MA, a daughter, Paula and husband Richard Galuza of Blackstone, MA, a brother, John Clabby and wife Connie of Lewiston, four sisters, Mary Bird of Lewiston, Theresa Card of Lewiston, Patricia Kelley of Turner, and Anne Elizabeth Clabby of Lewiston, five grandchildren, Todd and Timothy Galuza, and Stephen II, Kerry and Emily Terpstra, three great grandchildren, Alexis and Tyler Terpstra, and Mila Galuza, and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and former husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Bernard and Francis Clabby, and two sisters, Marguerite Chandonette and Catherine Landry. 

Funeral Notice

TERPSTRA, Julia, 90, of Lewiston, died in Lewiston on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, 4 - 8 PM. Services will be Saturday, 9 AM, in the Lower Church of the Ss. Peter & Paul Basilica. Interment, Mount Hope Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice. 

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