A Memorial Service for
Julie Sassano-Robbins was held on Wednesday, December 10, 2008
at Crossroads Church of Denver in the main sanctuary.
Tom Stipe, Julie’s pastor of over twenty years was the officiating pastor and a reception followed the service at Crossroads.
The order of service for the memorial was as follows:
Crossroads Church of Denver
December 10, 2008
In Celebration of the Life of
November 23, 1954—December 7, 2008
Prelude Music and Opening Hymn–Kimberley Rose Peters
Scripture Reading–Maryellen Stipe
Kevin Rodgers–Representing John Robbins
Judy Crewell–Representing the Robbins Children
Nikki DeWolf–Representing the Sassano Family
Cheri Baenisch—Representing Friends
Maryellen Stipe–Representing Brothers and Sisters of Crossroads
Memorial Message Pastor Tom Stipe
Closing Music Kevin Rodgers
Maryellen Stipe shared the following eulogy:
I first met Julie when she was a young mom and came as a visitor to our church. She had been encouraged to a deeper relationship with Christ by a young man that she worked with. The young man attended church here and Julie responded to his invitation to meet him at one of the services; she first visited as his guest. Julie loved our church from the beginning and soon realized that she had found a church home. She began attending regularly and brought her children with her.
Kacey was just a baby when they started coming to Crossroads and I have a son who is one year older. I first remember meeting Julie as we checked our children into the nursery. Thomas is now 21, so that is how long Julie had been a part of us (almost 20 years). Kacey and Thomas were friends throughout Sunday school and went on to attend Ralston Valley High School together, we always had that in common.
I really became friends with Julie when she began attending women’s ministry events and as it would turn out Julie would become a devoted participant in women’s ministry throughout the years. My fondest memories of Julie will always be working in the Lord’s service along side her. I will never forget Julie’s enthusiasm as a ministry co-worker who was always available to help with any event that catered to the needs of women.
I remember Julie from the beginning as always being very passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ and she began serving very soon after she started attending the church. Julie was always about pitching in and helping–and as she did so–she would always share a part of herself. She would share freely about her life and faith with anyone who would listen.
She loved her family dearly and they were second only to God in her life. In addition to John and her kids, we also all knew about the clan in Montana and all the nieces and nephews as they came along. Julie always gave of herself self-sacrificially to her family–whether it be those related by blood or her church family here at Crossroads.
We will all miss Julie’s vibrant personality in our midst; she always brought a smile and was the eternal optimist. (And I really appreciate people like Julie because I can tend to be a pessimist.) I will always be personally grateful for her positive outlook and I will forever value the up-beat contribution she made to any team she ever served on. Julie had a quick wit and always kept us entertained with her comebacks. She was a character!
She contributed tirelessly to Crossroads with her time and energies. She poured herself into what ever she became involved in—and as far as her involvement in women’s ministry—she did it all. She came to Bible Study, she was a mentor mom for MOPS and most of all she loved to help with the events.
Julie never missed a women’s retreat and she was a faithful volunteer who helped every year with the Christmas Tea. Her greatest contribution to the teas was as the food prep coordinator and she and (later she and Kacey) would run that area with precision. She was a general when it came to leading women in serving others.
She was best known for her version of Devonshire cream. No one could make it like Julie. She would go up in the kitchen by herself shut the door and emerge with a heavenly concoction no one could ever match. This year we had the caterer try to make it and not even the professionals could do it as well as Julie.
Julie’s other great love around the church was to work in the nursery and she was a faithful volunteer with the babies for years. She loved babies and babies loved her. She would work side by side with Dick Becker and (those two could run a nursery) the little ones—under their charge–always had the very best of care. She had a magic touch with them and could calm them down and make them happy like no one else.
I got a chance to visit Julie at the hospital during this last stay. I am not an avid hospital call pastor because I don’t do well seeing people in pain and I have been known to pass out. Well Julie knows this about me and was kind of surprised when I came through the door—she was concerned about how I would do. I did fine however and Julie joked with Judy about it the next day. When I visited I told her how proud we all were of her and what an inspiration she had been as she fought the good fight battling the cancer. Towards the end I visited Julie one last time and told her how much we all loved her, how much we would all miss her and I said good-bye for all of us.
My love goes out to John, Kacey, Ian and the rest of the family as I know their hearts are aching like all of ours. I pray that God’s comfort will be with us all. Julie is in heaven and is experiencing joy and peace and Jesus like never before—we are the ones experiencing loss, loss of the friend that we loved so much and it is right that we should grieve together. But let’s also remember where Julie is today and be happy and celebrate for her—because she has finished what really was a difficult journey and is finally home.
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