We were absolutely blessed to know and enjoy, Julie Kay Hafner, who passed away far too soon and unexpectedly at the age of 62. Her unceasing compassion, support, dedication, and most importantly, love, will forever be missed. She had no greater joy in this life than being a strong, single mother who acted selflessly, proudly, and courageously in every effort to raise a son with those same qualities. She succeeded.
Julie was born to Phyllis L. Fitzpatrick and Paul T. Hafner in Billings, Montana on August 29, 1956. She was later adopted along with the rest of her 4 siblings by Sylvia R. Hafner on March 1, 1985. Julie’s 4 siblings include Joan Hafner of Utah, Janet (Ralph) Gurney of Billings, Gregg (Marcia) Hafner of Billings, and David (Kimberly) Hafner of New Jersey. Julie is preceded in death by her biological mother Phyllis, and survived by her father Paul, adopted mother Sylvia, and 4 siblings.
Julie graduated from Billings West High School in 1974, and later attended and graduated from Montana State University, where she achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Julie was always diligent when it came to managing finances, and carried this into her professional career both with Montana Dakota Utilities, as well as Billings Clinic where she worked as a Patient Financial Representative for many years. She always strived to attain excellence, and will always be remembered for her strong work ethics and incredible attention to detail. If you knew Julie, you would know she got the job done, and you knew it was definitely done right.
On August 15, 1992 Julie was married to her second husband, Kurtis Pitsch, and from that union they were blessed with their son, Andrew Pitsch. Julie is also survived by her son, Andrew Pitsch, who resides in Helena, Montana.
Though it is hard to fathom she is no longer with us, Julie will live on by the way we continue to speak about her, include her in our thoughts, and celebrate her life. She would also want us to remember the serenity prayer of, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference”.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 17, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM. This is located at 537 Grand Ave in Billings, Montana 59101. A light lunch will occur immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers and donations, contributions may be made to a charity of your choosing.