Julia Faust (née Bodman), 81, died on June 10, 2021 in her home at 1700 Riverwoods Drive, Melrose Park. Julia grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1962. While at the U of I, she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and met her husband of 46 years, Carl F. Faust Jr. (deceased, 2008). Julia and Carl made their home in River Forest where they were immersed in the community and raised their two children, daughter Karen and son Stan.
She earned a Master in Library Science degree from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in 1978, and served as director of the West Suburban Hospital Professional Library and the Riverside Public Library. She also sat on the Illinois Library Association Board. An avid volunteer, she was especially proud of her work as an Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation board member, West Suburban College of Nursing board trustee, River Forest village trustee, and Family Service & Mental Health Center board member and president.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen; her son, Stan (Sara); and three beloved grandsons, Connor, William and Stephen; her sister, Jane Converse; her sister-in-law, Patricia (née Faust) Martin; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl, and her brother, Stan.
A celebration of Julia’s life is planned for 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St.
Memorial donations may be made to the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation Annual Fund (www.oprfcf.org).