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Julia M. Newton

March 22, 1933 ~ May 5, 2017 (age 84)

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Julia Liegl Newton, a dedicated parent, grandparent and teacher, died Friday, May 5 at the Atria in Glen Ellyn.

An Evanston native and resident for most of her life, she was 84.

She was a lover of the outdoors, especially the Wisconsin northwoods, as well as an advocate for animals and wildlife and a devoted dog owner.

Mrs. Newton was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A Newton, in 2009, and her parents, Ernest and Marie Liegl.

She is survived by two sons, Jim Newton of Gurnee and Bill (Katie) Newton of Glen Ellyn; a daughter, Terry (Amanda) Newton of Evanston and two grandchildren, Ted and Jessica Newton of Lindenhurst.

Julia Newton was born March 22, 1933 in Chicago, and graduated from Northwestern University a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She also received a master’s degree in English from Northwestern.

While at Northwestern, she met her husband-to-be and the two made Evanston their home, raising their children there.

She followed in her mother’s footsteps as a teacher, primarily with the Skokie-based East Prairie School District. After having children, she taught throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s with several area school districts, subbing at District 65 in Evanston, Wilmette Junior High School and Sears School in Kenilworth.

She ended her teaching career at St. Mary’s and Pope John Paul II schools in Evanston.

Mrs. Newton was an avid reader of literature and poetry, loved classical music and enjoyed playing the flute, influenced by her father, who played first flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for years.

Private services are scheduled with the Leonard Memorial Home in Glen Ellyn, 630-469-0032.

 

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