Julie Ann Antonson

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Julie Ann Antonson, 57, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Julie was born on Jan. 4, 1958 in Dodgeville to Ralph and Ida (Mickelson) Antonson and was a 1976 graduate of the Dodgeville High School. She received her bachelor of social work and bachelor of arts in psychology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and her master of science in social work from UW-Madison. Julie worked as a social worker in Prairie du Chien for many years. She then became human services instructor for Upper Iowa University and currently held that position at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore. She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Organization for Human Services. She was a dedicated member of St. Peter’s ELCA in Prairie du Chien where she served as choir director for the past 12 years. She was a board member of Family Advocates in Platteville and was a flautist in the Windspiration Woodwind Quartet and the Guttenberg German Band.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marilyn Kelley; a brother-in-law, James Kelley and a nephew, Daniel Kelley.

Julie is survived by two brothers, Lyle (Mary Ann) and Dennis (Rebecca) Antonson, both of Dodgeville; nine nieces and nephews, Lisa (Steve) Saucke, Deirdre (Scott) Dalsing, Timothy (Kathleen) Kelley, Eric (Juli) Antonson, Kim (Michael) Dion, Kris (Paul) Nelson, Alan (Katie) Antonson, Leif Antonson and Kirk (Julie) Antonson; eighteen great nieces and nephews including her godchildren, Sean and Keira Kelley; three aunts, Bernice Goldthorpe, Ethel Haag and Beverly Mickelson; as well as many friends, colleagues and students.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville. Pastor Joe Irvin and Pastor Kyle Svennungsen of St. Peter Lutheran Church will co-officiate. Inurnment will be in East Blue Mounds Cemetery near Mt. Horeb. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville and at the church on Monday after 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Hodan Center, Family Advocates Inc. or St. Peter Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated. The Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Dodgeville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

 Julie will be lovingly remembered for her kind and generous spirit. She was a champion for marginalized people and a teacher who touched the lives of so many. Her greatest joy came from time with her family where she was the “Keeper of all things Familial.”

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