Julie Kremke was a devoted homemaker, and lived for her family and her church, said her husband, Don Kremke.
Diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy, she was also interested in helping and supporting others afflicted with rare diseases, he said.
“She started a support group on Facebook for people with muscle disorders, and it now has members from around the world,” her husband said. “She wanted to form a community of people who understood what it was like to go through what she was going through.”
Julie Kremke, 56, of Portage, died Aug. 31.
Don Kremke said his wife grew up poor in North Dakota, with a dirt floor in her kitchen. Consequently, she didn’t want anyone she loved to have to struggle or want for anything.
“She would do anything to help anyone, and didn’t want anyone to go without,” he said.
She took in four of her nieces and raised them as her own children, he said.
She loved music, and was a singer and songwriter. She loved country music and southern Gospel music, and would even put church sermon themes to music.
“Her favorite thing was to sit with her kids and play guitar,” he said. She would sing her own songs, or gospel music, or George Jones, Johnny Cash or Loretta Lynn.
Daughter Brecca Phillips has fond memories of those times with her mother.
“I remember falling asleep at night with her playing the guitar and singing,” she said.