Julia Ann Choate passed away on Friday, April 15th, 2022, in Ada, MI. She was 72 years old.
Julia Choate was born on April 20th, 1949, in Saginaw, MI. She was a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with Master’s degree credit hours through the University of Michigan. She was a Social Worker and had retired from the State of Michigan, with the last years of her career spent at Saginaw County Mental Health.
Surviving are her daughter, Margaret (Ciolek) Fay; and son, James Ciolek; two grandchildren, Eleanor Fay and Thomas Fay; three brothers and their spouses, two sisters, and a sister-in-law, Theresa Ferchau, Joseph (Victoria) Choate, Mary Schultz, Robert (Rene Mott) Choate, Daniel (Shardell) Choate, and Pamela Choate. She has many nieces, nephews, and their children that she has thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow over social media. Her family also included her ex-husband Richard Ciolek and his wife Mercedes, and their children Brion Younk, Amber (Michael) Slocum, and Kasia Ciolek. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Genevieve (Markey) Choate, her brother William Choate, and nephew Matthew Choate.
Julia spent her life serving others both professionally and personally. She gave generously from the minimal means that she had, took people into her home that needed a bed to sleep in, and embraced those in the community that were marginalized.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, April 25, 2022, at The Church of the Holy Family, 1525 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, MI 48601, with visitation one hour prior. Fr. Tom McNamara presiding. Internment at St. Andrew Cemetery.
Those who wish to do so may make memorials to Underground Railroad Inc., undergroundrailroadinc.org or The Hearth Home in The Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, 732 Hoyt St., Saginaw, MI 48601.