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Julia "Julie" Anna (Chlebana) Kotrba-Dodds

December 23, 1921 ~ December 17, 2018 (age 96)

Julia Kotrba-Dodds, age 96, of Wayland, went to be with the Lord, Monday, December 17, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Alvin Kotrba in 1992 and Roscoe “Rocky” Dodds in 2012; brothers, Chuck, Joe, Alex, Mike, and Andy Chlebana; sister, Amelia “Milly” (Chlebana) Peck; and infant daughter, Janet in 1941. She is survived by daughters, Linda (Jerry) Schwartz of Gun Lake and Sandra (Bill) Holbrook of Florida; grandchildren, Julie Jager, Karen (Mike Dillon) Neeb, Jeff (Rebecca) Schwartz, Bill (Wanda deceased-2015) Holbrook, Amanda (Eric) Marlin; great-grandchildren, Conor and Aaron Jager, Allison and Brianna Neeb, Oliver Holbrook, Julie (Joe) Mekhayel, Caitlyn Veldkamp, Noah, Joseph, Lexie Sheppard and Devon Schwartz; sisters, Anne Doublestein and Eleanor (Hank) Banas; sisters-in-law, Agnes Chlebana and Elizabeth Chlebana and many nieces and nephews.

Julie, as she was referred to by family and friends, enjoyed a hardworking and joyful life. First, hand in hand as the wife of a farmer, doing whatever had to be done.  Sometime after the farm was sold, she was introduced to the world of Real-estate.  It became her passion.  She made life-long friends during those years and could still negotiate a buy or lease agreement well into her 80’s. Her mind for business was sharp and she never hesitated to share her motto, “I never spent $2.00 when I only had $1.00”.  She loved to play cards and was extremely competitive.  She was an active member of Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, where her and Alvin were married in 1940.

A life well lived!

The family would like to give special thanks to the thoughtful and caring staff of Green Acres of Wayland, where she called home and made many friends.  Also, the support of Kindred Hospice the last four days.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Green Acres of Wayland, or Kindred Hospice would be appreciated.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, 159 131st Ave., Wayland, with an hour of visitation prior. Father Alphonse Savarimuthu will be presiding.  The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday, 5-8pm at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home-Wayland, 312 N. Main St., with Rosary at 8:00pm.  The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guestbook at

Donations may be made to:

SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church
159 131st St., Wayland MI 49348
Tel: 1-269-792-3543

Green Acres of Wayland
298 Kay Lane, Wayland MI 49348
Tel: 1-269-792-1500

Kindred Hospice
625 Kenmoor Ave. Ste 115, Grand Rapids MI 49546
Tel: 1-616-249-3043

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