Rev. Julia Lark Ronngren, 52 years, of Wauseon, formerly of West Unity, passed away early on the morning of Thursday, December 27, 2018, in the emergency room of Henry County Hospital, Napoleon. Julia was born March 12, 1966 in Petoskey, Michigan, daughter of the late Herbert Ward and Mary Esther (Foley) Hilliker. Julia was a 1983 graduate of Central High School in Flint, Michigan. She furthered her education and received her Bachelor Degree from Macalester College in 1988, where she met the love of her life, Todd Ronngren. They married in St. Paul Minnesota on March 4, 1989, promising to share "one love, one lifetime". She lived several years in Minnesota, followed by several in Michigan, before her vocation to ministry led her to Ohio and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in 2003. Reverend Ronngren served as a Pastor in the United Methodist Church, holding Pastorates in Harrison, Greenville, Bellefontaine, Payne, and most recently at West Unity, Ohio. She last attended the Archbold United Methodist Church. Julia's beautiful singing voice, faith, and insight were a blessing to many.
Julia is survived by her devoted husband Todd, as well as as six siblings: Gregory (Janet Russell) Hilliker of Flushing, Michigan, Jenny (Curt) Byrd of Bloomington, Indiana, Rebecca (Richard) Batterbee of Bay City, Michigan, Beverly (Randy) Radcliffe of Independence, Kentucky, Elizabeth (Michael) Jarvis of Allen, Texas, and Andrew (Nicole) Hilliker of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; sister-in-law Shelley Mosier; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, with whom she shared a deep and mutual adoration. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, William “Skip” Mosier.
Julia's family, kindred spirits, and innumerable friends were blessed with her exuberant joy, irrepressible laugh, arresting soprano voice, unbeatable chip dip, profound insight, abundant faith, enveloping hugs, and appreciation for both the absurd and divine. Her love of jingle bells, theology, puzzles, music, children, and her Creator knew no bounds.
Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate her life at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019 in the West Unity United Methodist Church, with Pastor James Nathan officiating. She will be interred beside her parents in Alanson, Michigan. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, West Unity.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be directed to UMCOR, a relief agency of the United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 9068, New York, New York 10097-9068.
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