Julia Katherine Asselin

HOLLAND — Julia Katherine Goodell Asselin, 71, of Holland, passed away March 14, 2019, in the comfort of her home surrounded by loved ones.

She was born Julia Katherine Goodell on September 3, 1947, in Hancock, to Robert and Agnes (Nilsen) Goodell. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.

She spent most of her life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she became the family historian. Her passion for family turned into a quest to research where she came from. She spent years researching and even traveling across the country collecting information about her family tree dating back to the 1600’s.

Not to mention, she also used those long lazy days in the UP cultivating her masterful card playing skills. Those who were brave enough to challenge her walked away from a game wondering what just happened to them. All except for Barb Bean, Barb gave her a run for her money.

In the summer, family and friends would visit her regularly at her family home on the shore of Lake Superior. Although these visitors experienced a card playing loss of epic proportions it didn’t matter because they lost surrounded by the beauty the UP has to offer and the laughter that came with Julie’s quick and gentle wit. Julie passed on her love for sports to her sons, her love for napping to her nieces and nephews, and her love for all things UP to everybody who came to visit her. Julie moved to Holland several years ago to be closer to her adoring grandchildren.

Always with a sparkle in her eye, she was great friend to many, a devoted sister, and an incredible mother to her two sons who she loved fiercely.

Julie is preceded in death by her father, Robert “Bob” Goodell; her mother, Agnes Nilsen; and brother, Stewart Goodell.

She is survived by her two sons, Kent Asselin of Reno, and Steve Asselin along with his family of Holland; and her sister, Karen Goodell Brennan of Reno. She is also survived by her cousins, nieces and nephews, and the many people who have the opportunity to call her friend.

A celebration of Julie’s life is planned in the UP of Michigan later this summer, Get your “Boogie Shoes” on.