Julie A. Sojka

March 24, 1953 - November 18, 2022

sojkapicJulie Ann Sojka, 69, of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 18, 2022, at her home.  Julie was born on March 24, 1953, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Melvin and Marjorie (Conway) Ketelaar.

Julie is survived by her husband, Rick Sojka Sr of 46 years; daughter, Nicole (Ryan) Bolin; son Rick (Michele) Sojka Jr.; grandchildren, Reegan Bolin, Anna Sojka and Connor Sojka; two siblings, Larry Ketelaar and Karen (Ketelaar) Adams; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Julie graduated from Willowbrook High School in 1971.  In 1974, Julie met Rick, the love of her life and they wed April 3, 1976.  They had the kind of love you don’t see very often.  Julie dedicated her life to raising her children.  When her children were grown, she went back to work in Real Estate.  Her recent years she loved spending time with her grandchildren, watching her husband, son and son-in-law drag race, spending time with her many friends, watching local bands in the summer with husband, crafting, floral design, playing games and volunteering at her favorite waterhole, Aurora’s Turners Club.

Julie had a larger than life personality and always welcoming to everyone.  No matter who you were, she always greeted you with a big smile and hello.   She was a gracious person with a heart of gold. She cared not because she needed to but because she wanted to. Words cannot express how much she will be missed. 

In addition to her parents, Julie is preceded in death by her brothers Craig Ketelaar and Tommy Ketelaar.

A funeral mass will be held 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Annunciation Catholic Church 820 Church Road Aurora, IL. Prayers and a final goodbye will be said at 9:30 A.M. prior to processing to church. Visitation will be held Friday, November 25th from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Moss Family Funeral Home 209 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL.  Interment will be private

For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Home 630-879-7900 or visit to leave an online condolence.

Guest Book

  • Jay Graham Nicole & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Terri Burt Nicole & the entire family. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. My family will be thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time.
  • Jennifer Ryan Nicole & family - What a lovely person your mother, sister, wife, grandma . . . ! I am sad to hear of your loss but I think it is so wonderful that you have these great memories of her to hold on to and comfort you during this time of grief.
  • David Galvan I am sorry for your loss Nicole. My thoughts are with you and your family.
  • Stephen Rees We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. The Rees Family
  • Trace I am so sorry for your loss.
  • Tonya Adams We are going to miss your bright shining light and beautiful soul. You and I have special memories I will cherish forever. I loved to stay with you as a child. I would sleepover for days on end and we went on excursions together. So many precious memories I will hold in my heart. May you soar on the wings of Angels and always be near to us guiding from up above. God bless you my beloved Auntie Juju 💕🙏🏻🕊🦋
  • Dan cox Rick: our deepest sympathy’s to you and the Sojka family with a Julie’s untimely loss. You have our prayers and sympathy. Dan & Mary Cox
  • Sandi Zelkoff I’m so very sorry to hear of Julie’s passing💔 She will always have a special place in my heart! We’ve shared much laughter together and though I hadn’t seen her much over the last several years, whenever we did see each other it was a very happy reunion for both of us! My heart goes out to Rick and all of her family! Julie loved life! Her absence will be profound. I hope there is much comfort in the incredibly peaceful manner of her passing for all of you. Love and light❤️ You’re all in my heart🙏
  • Cindy Spurgeon Our hearts are so sad to hear that this happy, generous, loving woman is no longer with us. When first moving to Batavia, Julie and Rick welcomed us with open arms, we spent many hours laughing and enjoying their company. I know Heaven is a bit brighter now with Julie's wonderful laugh and smile. Our sympathy and love to Rick, Nicole, Ricky and your families. Terry & Cindy Spurgeon
  • Kathleen Mankowski I send my sincere condolences to Rick, her children & many friends. Julie will be deeply missed 🙏🌹