Julia Rauenhorst Vogt passed away on December 19, 2017 at Hospice Maui Hale surrounded by her friends and family after a very short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born on August 21, 1956 in Olivia, Minnesota and was the 3rd of 6 sisters. Julie graduated from Olivia High School.
Julie lived in Tucson, Arizona and later moved to Springfield, Illinois where she received her bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois – Springfield. She worked in Human Resources and raised her daughter, Becky.
Throughout her childhood, her family visited Maui frequently where she established many lasting relationships and fond memories. It was with great joy that in 2001 she made Maui her home. She worked in real estate, property management, and was self-employed. On Maui, Julie discovered her real passion in life was saving and rescuing cats. She regularly volunteered for various animal organizations and helped with spay/neuter clinics. She rescued and fostered hundreds of kitties. Her motto was “saving lives, one cat at a time.”
Julie will be remembered for her vibrant, welcoming personality, her hospitality and her genuine spirit of aloha. She was a loving partner, mother, daughter, sister, auntie, and a doting tutu.
Julie was preceded in death by her father, Robert Rauenhorst. She is survived by her mother Mary Ellen Rauenhorst of Olivia, MN, her sisters Mary (Greg) McLaughlin of Elkhorn, WI, Barbara Cipro of Kihei, HI, Renee (Ken) Dooner of Bird Island, MN, Paula (Ricci) Borba of Anaheim, CA, and Sara (Tom) Maher of Olivia, MN, her partner Ricky Sarol of Kula, HI, her daughter Rebecca (Ryan) Like of Anahola, HI, her grandson Manalau Like, and twenty-two nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Feral Cats Maui, PO Box 555, Kula, HI 96790. It was Julie’s wish that a permanent cat sanctuary be established on Maui. The family would like to acknowledge and express their gratitude to Hospice Maui for their loving care and amazing facility. A celebration of life will be scheduled for January in Maui, Hawaii. Online condolences to: www.dirksblem.com.
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