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Julie Ann Drea

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Julie Chodos Drea, born August 4, 1957, in Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away suddenly on May 10, 2024, in Temecula, California. She is survived by her beloved husband Peter Drea, stepson Colin (Lindsey) Drea, siblings John (Renee) Chodos, David (Janet) Chodos, Jennifer (Rick) Thie, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand nephews. Julie was preceded in death by her parents Dale and Joyce Chodos.

Julie and her family moved to the Kalamazoo, Michigan area when Julie was five years old. After attending Portage Schools, the family moved to Mattawan, MI. Julie was a proud member of Mattawan Class of 1975. She was so happy to have reconnected with many of her classmates in the last few years. Julie graduated from Hope College and went on to have a long career with Dunn and Bradstreet. She moved several times for work, living in Arizona and Oregon briefly before settling in California, where she met Peter. Her last position before retirement was as a training director, conducting corporate fraud seminars. She loved training, and with her lively personality and quick wit, she excelled at it.

Julie dealt with several significant health issues for many years yet was determined to bounce back each time. Even as she continued to lose her health, she kept finding things to bring her joy and to keep her connected to those she loved. Her latest hobby was to make cooking videos and share them with friends and family. She loved decorating her home and enjoying her beautiful roses and citrus trees. She had many fur babies over the years, including  several rescues. She so enjoyed spoiling them rotten!

A memorial service to celebrate Julie’s life will be held on August 3, 2024, at
England Family Mortuary, 27135 Madison Ave., Temecula, CA 92590. Visitation
will be at 11:00 a.m. and the service will begin at 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to England Family Mortuary, Inc.

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  1. Always smart and smart witted! Her strength was so admirable. Rest in peace my friend
    Joy Wilson Brychta

  2. I am so sorry I missed her last visit here. I let her know I was always checking on her Mom and Dad’s graves.

  3. I miss you Julie. I enjoyed reconnecting with you on Facebook. May you rest in peace.

  4. It was a joy to get to know you over the last few years. I’ll miss our lengthy phone calls. Was a honor to know you Julie.

  5. Julie was so kind. On her visit to MI she attended our father’s visitation when I am sure her schedule was uninvited with business. May your memories hold you up during this time and she was a treasure to the Mattawan crew!

  6. Julie, you were such an inspiration to me. I will miss our many conversations via text and sometimes telephone. I know you are in a better place and we will meet again. RIP Sweet Lady💕🥰😢

  7. Julie was one of the most amazing women that I had the honor of working next to. She taught me numerous things, scolded me as a second mother should, and laughed with me, when we both needed laughter. I will always miss her. She was a second mother, a friend, an honorary grandma to my four kids, and a wonderful teacher.

  8. In spite of her illness Julie was always so vibrant. I met her in 2017 thru the DPP org. Last saw her probably a few days before she passed. She brought over some delicious home made chicken soup. She wanted to start doing this regularly. You will be missed Julie.

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