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In Memory of Julie Troyer

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A Memorial Service will be held in Hudson at a later date

Julie Elizabeth Troyer, age 43, of Carpiano, Italy formerly of Hudson, WI,  died on Sunday, July 29, 2018 after a courageous year-long fight with glioblastoma brain cancer.  She was lovingly surrounded by her family and friends at the Vidas Hospice in Milan, Italy. 

Julie was born on April 27, 1975, in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Ron and Jean (Cowan) Troyer.  She attended Hudson schools, graduating from Hudson High School in 1993. While in Junior High and High School Julie was involved with theater productions at the Phipps Center for the Arts Children’s Theater.  Julie was a member of SKITSOS, a theater outreach group on teen issues.  She was a member of the Chamber Choir and Swing Choir at HHS.  Julie graduated from the University of Minnesota (BA,’97) and from University of St. Catherine (MEd,’02).   She worked as an Elementary School teacher in St. Paul and Woodbury, MN.  In 2005 Julie found her dream job teaching at the American School of Milan (ASM) in Milan, Italy.  While teaching at the elementary level at ASM she also directed musical theater shows for the Upper Level School.  Julie met the love of her life, Deneb Bucella, in Milan and they were married on May 28, 2011 in an Italian vineyard with her father, Ron Troyer, officiating.  Julie loved her job working with children and was a devoted teacher to each child in her classroom.  She also dearly loved being a mother to her children, Aaron and Penny.  She fought the cancer valiantly because of her wish to be a part of their lives into adulthood.

Julie is survived by her husband, Deneb Bucella, and children, Aaron (age 5) and Penny (age 2) of Carpiano, Italy; her parents, Ron and Jean Troyer of Hudson, WI; and a brother, Dr. John (Gracia Redondo) Troyer of Bristol, England; as well as loving uncles, aunts, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Irma Cowan and Kenneth and Irene Troyer, and an uncle, Keith Troyer. 

Services will be held in Milan, Italy for her Italian family and many friends.  A Memorial Service will be held in Hudson at a later date.  Memorials are preferred.  Memorials will be used to support Aaron and Penny’s education at the American School of Milan.  The family is deeply appreciative of the overwhelming love and respect shown by the ASM administration, faculty and staff, as well as her Italian and American friends who were there when Julie needed them the most.  The Vidas Hospice doctors, nurses and staff provided comfort care to Julie that we will never forget.  Our hearts are broken for now but Julie will always live on in the hearts of those who knew her.

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    • Jean and Ron,
      What heartbreaking news. I did not know Julie, but know how proud of her you were and understand the love of parents. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
      With love, Karen

    • So very sorry to hear the news about your daughter’s passing, Jean & Ron.
      I cannot imagine your pain to lose such a lovely daughter at the prime of her life! So tragic to leave two small children and a husband behind. My sympathy to you and your entire family as you mourn this untimely death. Hold her close in your memories always! Jarell Kuney

    • Dear Ron and Jean:
      My heart felt sorrow when I read the news of your daughter, Julie’s, passing. Even tho I didn’t know Julie, I know you. And so, as a parent-to-parent, I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and extend my sincere sympathies to you both and your family at this difficult time. Wishing you peace and comfort,
      Kathy O’Connell
      WinterGreen/ Christian Community Homes & Services

    • Julie and I were friends and classmates in Hudson from middle school through high school. I always enjoyed being around her because of the joy she brought to her daily life. She was so welcoming, funny, smart, and carried many beautiful talents. I have not seen her since one of our return trips home from college but I too enjoyed following her on Facebook through her move to and life in Italy. I send my deepest condolences to Deneb, her wonderful parents-Ron and Jean, John, and her extended family and friends. The HHS Class of 1993 lost one of its best!

      Sincerely, Nancy (Peterson) Steffen

    • I was lucky enough to teach at ASM with Julie. I loved her beautiful smile and her welcoming heart. She lit up every room she entered and it was obvious that she loved her students. She will be greatly missed.

    • I was fortunate to reconnect with the Troyers many years ago through Facebook. Our families were very close when the kids were young.

      One of my greatest joys was watching Julie in Italy. Seeing all the wedding pictures, being able to watch as she and Deneb had their children. It was so very evident how in love they were and how much fun they had together. That was the beauty of Facebook, you get to see the joy and support during the sorrow.

      My heart breaks for Deneb, their children and all the family who are grieving. She was a shining light wherever she landed. All the photos that were posted, she always had that smile. Hang onto all those memories and that smile. We love you.

    • Julie was my flat mate our first year in Italy. We were both so excited to be in Italy and knew how lucky we were to be in a great school. Julie and I lived on Via Mose, in the little village of Opera. We, along with our upstairs neighbors April and Juliet became fast friends. Julie and I were the lucky ones who had a TV and Saturdays consisted of going to the Opera outdoor market to pick up delicious little chickens cooked on the rotisserie and salad items, going back to the apartment and feasting on our purchases with wonderful red wine. We’d have Italian MYV on and dance around to music in the language we grew to love and danced on mini trampolines. We spent nights exploring the Navigli, dressing in our best dresses and making friendships that would hold strong for years after some of us left ASM. We traveled together, danced together fell in love with Italians and Italy. It was truly a golden time. Through it all Julie was someone I learned how to teach better, smile bigger, and enjoy life more. When she asked me to write a poem for her wedding I was so touched and honored. Julie had a way of making each person in her life feel special, unique and loved. I will miss her smile, her laugh, and the pearls of wisdom she shared with me… like, “always assume positive intentions” and “always be the bigger person”. I’ve held her words close to my heart and will continue to do so. We are so fragile as have so much to learn. When I think of Julie I will remember to live well and love well in her honor. Ti voglio tanto bene, cara Julie.