Julie Frances Crisler

Julie Frances Crisler

November 15, 1956 – April 24, 2023

VISITATION: Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 9:00am, St. Patrick Catholic Church in Gretna, NE, 508 West Angus St., followed by ROSARY at 9:30am and MEMORIAL MASS at 10:00am.  A luncheon will be held in the Parish Center following the Mass.

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Julie Frances Crisler, 66, died Monday, April 24, 2023 in Gretna, Nebraska, surrounded by her family.

Julie was born Nov. 15, 1956 in Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts, the daughter of Harold “Cris” Crisler and Marion (Byers) Crisler Kubitschek.

As a member of a military family, Julie spent her early years in Massachusetts, Florida and Alaska, before her father died in a plane crash in the spring of 1962. The family then moved to Knobel, Arkansas for a time, before settling in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Julie graduated from Lincoln Pius X High School in 1975, then earned an associate’s degree from Southeast Community College in Lincoln.

Challenged by a nearly life-long battle with mental illness, she struggled to hold a job or attain many of the markers of an adult life. Still, she found joy in art, music and games, loved her dog Mugsy, and enjoyed socializing when possible, making the most of her brighter moments. Gifted with intelligence and wit, she could be the life of the party.

Julie had a strong connection with her mother and sister, and lived at home with her mother until 1988. Subsequently, she lived in communal housing and eventually, nursing homes.  Julie was a much loved resident at Azria Health in Gretna, where she was known to belt out her favorite Elvis songs when she felt like it. Those around her were impressed by her thorough recall of the words to pop songs, show tunes and church hymns. Julie thought one should enjoy the simple things in life, and she lived by example every day, whether participating in Azria activities or taking part in church services at the center.

She was predeceased by her parents, and is survived by her sister, Jana (Brian) Donahoe; brothers, Bob (Pat) Crisler and Frank (Laurie) Crisler; nieces: Allison (Joe) Green, Annie Donahoe, Claire Donahoe, and Mari Crisler; nephews, Dan Crisler and Sam Crisler; grandnieces, Charlotte Green and Emily Green.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 in Knobel, Arkansas, where she was buried next to her parents.



  • Mary Ann Moutrie Posted May 1, 2023 12:53 pm

    So sorry to hear about Julie. I remember her growing up- part of the neighborhood kids. Wishing you comfort.

  • Eileen Gottner Truan Posted May 1, 2023 3:34 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Julie and her family at this time. I’m so sorry for her many hardships. I knew Julie at Pius and she was a sweet quite girl. May she rest in peace.🙏✝️📿

  • Patti White Fricke Posted May 1, 2023 8:00 pm

    Julie was a sweet, kind person. We went to St. John’s and Pius together. Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her Oh Lord. I am sorry for your loss.

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