Shumrick, Julianne Virginia. Beloved daughter of the late William and Virginia (Joyce) Brennan. Mother to Timothy, Meredith, Celeste, and Bridgette. Wife to Timothy Shumrick Sr. Sweet and doting grandmother to Iris and Hazen. Survived by 10 loving siblings, an immense extended family, and many dear friends. Julie passed away peacefully on November 17th at the age of 59. Julie was a voracious reader, hiker, nature-lover, and garden-enthusiast. Family will receive friends on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 9:30am until time of Funeral Mass at 11am at St. Martin of Tours, 3720 St Martins Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45211. Memorials may be made to Lindner Center for Hope - https://lindnercenterofhope.org/donate/ or Cincinnati Parks - https://cincinnatiparksfoundation.org/support/donate/
Julianne Virginia Shumrick (nee Brennan), 59, passed away peacefully on November 17th, 2019.
Julie was born at St. John’s Hospital, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio on February 18, 1960. Julie was the 8th of 11 children born to William Regan Brennan and Virginia Anne Brennan (nee Joyce).
With a move to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1967, Julie was known to roam the neighborhood and woods near her Fleetwood Ave home. Julie often got into lots of hijinks and mischief with the many kids that lived in the neighborhood.
Closer to home, Julie was known to spend time with siblings swinging on the family’s porch swing, listening to music, or swimming in a neighbor’s pool on sweltering summer nights. Life was carefree and fun. Julie’s restlessness and hardworking nature shone through in how she would help her dad, Bill, on various outdoor projects, which included constructing a homemade basketball hoop, and planting Norway Maples in the front yard on Fleetwood.
In 1974, Julie enrolled at Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati’s Westwood neighborhood. At Mercy, Julie excelled in basketball, enjoyed school dances, and appeared to live a typical, rambunctious high school experience, complete with pranks, fun, and academic excellence. At Mercy, Julie also developed deep, loving, life-long friendships with several of her classmates.
In 1978, Julie started her college journey at University of Cincinnati, and then moved to Christ Hospital College of Nursing. While in college, Julie did an impressive job of juggling working at a local pizzeria, while tending to her academics. Beyond the walls of school, Julie spent time with friends hiking in places such as Natural Bridge State Park and Hocking Hills.
Upon graduating with her RN, Julie began working at Christ Hospital’s ICU. Julie was known to be an assertive, vocal, advocate for those patients who needed one. Julie’s confidence and knowledge even led her to go toe-to-toe with some physicians on behalf of her patients. Recalling Julie, one of the medical residents remarked, “Everything I know, Julie taught me.”
In her quieter moments as an adult, Julie spent time reading, and particularly enjoyed heart-warming fantasy fictions. However, being a lover of nature, Julie spent many hours outside, either tending to gardens full of hydrangeas, tulips, irises, and poppies, or hiking about various parks, such as California Woods and Withrow Nature Preserve.
While handling the fast-paced, intensive demands of a nursing career, Julie was even more devoted to her children. She would often take young Bridgette, Celeste, Meredith, and Timmy to waterparks, nature preserves, and have them help in the family garden. Of course, in evenings, she’d also remind Tim Sr. that bedtime starts after the 3rd “last” bedtime story is told.
Julie wanted the best for her kids, and it shone through in her devotion to their activities: from clever Halloween costumes, attending sporting events, helping on art projects, to the late nights laboring through homework.
Julie epitomized calm, patience, and optimism for the sake of her family, and always emphasized her belief in her children’s varied skills, ambitions, and values.