Julia Louise (DeFalco) Frye, 88, was lifted up by the Lord to heaven on Friday, May 27, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. She had just celebrated her 88th birthday the week before surrounded by family and friends.

Julia was the matriarch of her family. She most loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, eating Italian food, visiting with friends and going shopping. She was also a devout Catholic and a long-time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in north Fargo.

Julia was born May 20, 1923, in central Pennsylvania. It's where she eventually met and married her loving husband, Richard Dean Frye. "Dick" had just returned from serving in Europe for the U.S. Army during World War II. Julia's family helped him recover from a serious battle wound.

After marriage, the couple moved to the Midwest - Dick's original home. Julia supported Dick during his career into higher education there, and he eventually became a professor of entomology at North Dakota State University in Fargo. She was preceded in death by him. They were married 54 years.

Julia is survived by her daughters Janice (Frye) Gion and Cynthia (Frye) Neubauer and grandchildren Richard Gion, Jonathan Neubauer, Christian Gion and Katherine Neubauer.

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