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Julie Marie Huber-Benson

November 11, 1981 - July 25, 2019
From: Harrisburg, SD | Originally: Spencer, IA
Julie Marie  Huber-Benson

Julie Marie Huber-Benson

Born: November 11, 1981
Died: July 25, 2019
Age: 37

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    Julie Marie Benson, the beloved daughter of Jerry and Gina (Bates) Huber, was born November 11, 1981 in Spencer, IA. Julie had a joyous personality, infectious laugh, and a perpetual inner light that shone forth for all to see. Her love of learning and science was her motivation to major in Chemistry at Briar Cliff University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004. Julie then went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Chemistry Education from South Dakota State University in 2010. She blossomed and flourished in her career at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, SD, where she taught advanced chemistry classes for 14 years.

     On June 24, 2006, Julie married Michael Benson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. They made their home in Sioux Falls and Harrisburg, SD where she gave to this world three beautiful children. She was a faithful member of St. John Paul II Parish in Harrisburg. Among many activities, she enjoyed traveling and exploring new places, shopping for sales at Kohl’s, eating delicious food and desserts, and telling people what they should be doing. Most of all, she loved her time spent with her sweet kiddos and wonderful family. On July 25, 2019, following a lengthy battle that she fought so determinedly and courageously, Julie was surrounded by the palpable love of family and friends as she began the next journey of Life. Though we will forever walk in her saintly shadow, our “Punkin” has made each person whose life she has touched more understanding to others’ unseen challenges and compels us to act much more gently with patience, tolerance, and care. Ultimately, the impact she has made on peoples’ lives is simply too great for words.     

     While prayer warriors near and far have been asking God for a miracle for Julie, those that celebrate her life have come to recognize that Julie was the miracle from God. Julie had an innate passion for teaching and many of her students have gone on to be medical doctors. Perhaps someday soon, one of her former students will discover a miracle—a cure for colorectal cancer. For the countless number of people that have been riding the roller coaster with Julie for almost 3 years, it was a miracle that we were given the opportunity to appreciate and revel in every moment spent in her extraordinary presence. And above all, to love and be loved by Julie was a remarkable privilege, which is a profound miracle in itself.

     Julie is reunited with her grandparents, Art and Mary Alice Bates; and Edmund and Rosalie Huber. Left to embrace her beautiful soul are her husband, Michael of Harrisburg, SD; three children: Megan, Jacob, and Alex; her parents Jerry and Gina Huber of Spencer; a brother Jared and his wife, Megan Huber and their children of Sioux City, IA; a sister Emily and her husband, Zach Johnson of West Fargo, ND; parents in-law Rich and Betty Benson of Remsen, IA; brothers and sisters in-law Matthew and Laura Benson, Mary and Pete Best, and their children; thirteen aunts and uncles, a whole slew of cousins, many other relatives, and dear friends.

     In honor of Julie, rejoice her life by consuming a medium-grilled big hunk of meat or a freshly-blended strawberry daiquiri.

Catholic Mass Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, memorias to:
Julie Benson Memorial Fund
St. John Paul II Parish
Tuition Assistance
P.O. Box 65
Harrisburg, SD 57032

Father Tim Hogan
Father John Rutten
Matthew Benson
Zach Johnson
Megan Huber
Bob Bates
Dan Bates
Alyssa Levisay

Honorary Casket Bearers
Megan Benson
Jacob Benson
Alex Benson
Kolsen Huber
Caleb Huber
Wesley Benson
Lilly Benson
Will begin at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 30, 2019 with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Spencer.  Catholic Vigil Service will be held at 5:00 P.M.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“so sorry to see you lost your daughter!!! Jerry I hope you remember me I worked with your dad and John Heuck for a few years and I do remember you!! My prayers are with you and your family. Love Tom”
- tom cooper
Friday, August 2, 2019 at 1:20 PM
“My sincere condolences go out to your entire family. Although I did not know Julie personally

My sincere thoughts and prayers will continue for your beautiful family, Michael.
- Nancy Zahourek
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 4:20 PM
“For the entire Family, May you find comfort in your memories and in the Grace of God.”
- Thomas Jon Montgomery
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:29 PM
“To Julie’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember her as. A little girl at Mass, she was so sweet❤️”
- Shelly Hartzell
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 12:29 PM
“Dearest Emily and Family,
Like thousands of others, I have been praying for all of you throughout the past 3 years. I know, first hand, that it's only through the Grace of God that any of us can make it through the loss of someone you have loved your whole life long. We know for certain that Julie is safely in the arms of Jesus. She was promised this in her baptism. AMEN! My prayers are for all of you who loved her so much on this earth. May the peace of Christ which surpasses our understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Jesus Loves YOU....this I know!”
- Denise Aamlid
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:49 AM
“Sorry to hear about Julie. May God comfort you in these difficult times”
- Steve & Barb Meyer
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 6:49 AM
“Gina & Jerry, with our deepest sympathy, what a beautiful baby girl, our hearts and prayers are with you all.
The Worsfold Family”
- Cheryl Worsfold Schoof
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 8:36 PM
“May all the wonderful memories of Julie help you through this most difficult time. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. ”
- Tony and Jennifer Nelson
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 6:42 PM
“Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family at this very sad time. ”
- Bud and Mary Myers
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 6:31 PM
“So very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
- Loretta Lang Kimball
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 3:46 PM
“My prayers, love and deepest condolences go out to the family. She was a joy to know at work and was one tough woman. She will live on in the 14 year legacy she left at O'Gorman and will be forever present in the hearts of her husband and children. Her light is no longer dimmed, for she shines with eternal radiance in God's presence... and through us all.”
- David Gooley
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 2:29 PM
“Jerry & Gina & Family. So sorry for the loss of Julie. We remember your children visiting & playing at Grandpa & Grandma Huber’s farm. May God bless you with understanding & peace. John & Nancy Heuck”
- John & Nancy Heuck
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 2:29 PM
“With deepest sympathy from the family of Jean and Joan Dacres. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss, of your precious Julie.”
- Joan Dacres
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:24 PM
“Our condolences to the entire Benson and Huber Family with the loss of Julie. May the love of those around you give you comfort in the days ahead. Michael, you are in my heart and my mind, I am praying for you. ”
- Anna (Klein) & Tim Fink
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:24 PM
“So sorry for your loss, myself and my wife send prayers”
- David Priebe LHMW Chamberlain
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:13 AM
“Dear cousin Gina and family, I am so sorry to hear that Julie has lost her battle but I'm thankful to know that she is surrounded by love with all of our family in heaven. God bless you all and much love.”
- Jody Lang Kelly
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:12 AM
“The description I read as Julie as an adult match her YMCA preschool traits as well. I remember her as very sweet, kind, and smart. Sincere condolences and prayers to the family”
- Susan wedel
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:54 AM
“The Remsen St. Mary's School Family sends our prayers and heart hugs for Rich and Betty, Michael, Megan, Jacob and Alex and all of the Benson/Huber family and friends of Julie. Her beautiful life, laugh, faith and knowledge shared will forever change the world. May God grant the family peace as He now embraces Julie's loving smile in heaven.”
- Vicki Heeren
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:02 AM
“Such a sweet and fine soul... Courage and love takes many forms; Julie, like her family, displayed all.”
- Jan Myers
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:01 AM
“You have our deepest condolences on the loss of your daughter, wife and mother. What a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing her with all of our children at O’Gorman. She was a wonderful teacher !!”
- Sandra Tiefenthaler
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:01 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. God Bless her Soul. ”
- Joe and Sue Skow
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:01 AM
“Jerry & Gina,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We did not know or meet your daughter but from what we read she sounds like she was a beautiful daughter. We pray that God will wrap his arms around you during this very difficult time. Sincerely.”
- Lee & Nancy Ketcham
Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:01 AM
“Dear cousin Gina and family, I am so sorry to hear that Julie has passed and I truly believe that she is surrounded by much love with all of our family in heaven. God bless you all 💖🙏😊”
- Jody Lang Kelly
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7:17 PM
“Our prayers and hugs to your family. May God bless.”
- Jim & Pat Hynes
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 8:16 AM
“Jerry & Gina--We are so sorry to hear of Julie's passing. Please know that all of you and Julie are in our prayers. May the Lord comfort you at this difficult time.”
- Duane & Joan Kallsen
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11:40 AM
“Dear Michael, Megan, Jacob, and Alex, Jerry, Gina, Emily, and Jared, and families,
Our hearts are breaking.... but we know that Julie is being held in the palm of our loving Savior's hand now, with a completely healed body. She fought such a long, courageous battle with her cancer. So many prayer warriors asked God for that one miracle, but instead, He sent numerous blessings for the time that you, and all of us, had with her over these past 2 1/2 years. We cannot always understand His plan, but we can always trust in it. He is in control, even in times like this. We are so very thankful for the many, many wonderful memories that you have of Julie, to help sustain you in the difficult days ahead. We recall many homework projects that our girls worked on together, but particularly that "interesting" taxidermy class with Mr Witt. Their friendship extended to roles in each other's weddings. They always kept in touch, as did we. She was truly a rare gem! It was truly an honor and blessing to have known her over all these years. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love and mercy.
You have our deepest heartfelt sympathy-Tom and Mary Galik”
- Mary Galik
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11:40 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Family, so sorry for your loss. Julie was a very sweet Great Niece and a fighter. Hugs to all of you. Great Aunt Ella Mae and Larry”
- Ella Mae Turley
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:16 AM
“So very sorry to hear about Julie. Our thoughts & Prayers are with all of you!”
- Mike & Renee Juza
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 8:49 AM
“so sorry for your loss may God bless and keep your family safe and blessed.....
- john cathy kirschbaum
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:47 AM
“I just received word about Julie passing. Ashlee let me know as she had her as a teacher in Sioux Falls.
I still think of the little girl with the long hair. I am sure she touched lots of people's lives in a positive way.
Sending our love and prayers from Alaska.”
- Randall and Grace Nelson
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:46 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. Julie was the sweetest and I know God is holding her close in his arms. My prayers are with you all.”
- Shirley Selzer
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:46 AM
“Sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts.”
- Ken & Nancy Schlichting
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