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Julie Moeller Junker is recognized for efforts in Omaha area

April 10, 2018
Special to The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Julier Moeller Junker, daughter of Hans and Linda Moeller, Tama, has been named the AseraCare Hospice-Omaha Volunteer of the Year 2018. Julie started volunteering with AseraCare in 2010, worked as an RN for us from 2011 to 2013 and then started volunteering again in 2016.

Over the last year she has driven almost weekly to Plattsmouth, Tekamah and Oakland - two hour round trip drives, to visit patients who become her friends and to sit vigil with perfect strangers. She has offered her considerable experience to encourage and enhance other volunteers. One of her favorite volunteering moments came when she drove her new Camaro to the facility because her male patient wanted to see it.

However, a female patient also saw the car and said "Hey! Let's get out of here" in a Thelma & Louise, conspiratorial sense. "The ladies liked my car more than the guys. I think it was a symbol of empowerment for them."

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Julie Moeller Junker

Julie has two adult boys - and their bond became even closer after their father, her husband Vern, committed suicide, Julie became active in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has recently started a face-to-face suicide support group in the Omaha area.

She is now a Board Member if the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. State of Nebraska Chapter.

Her journey to healing has been long, difficult, and rich with growth.

A recent poem she penned included these lines "The darkness intertwines with the light at times/They mix to form me./A two-sided person full of love and compassion, but yet will pull herself into the darkness when needed." Julie is the picture of a wounded healer - dedicated to lifting others from the well of her own loss and grief.



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