Julie Ann Sergovic, formerly of Mariposa, Calif., was welcomed into the Kingdom of God on Feb. 10, 2019. Devoted to family, friends, and her religious beliefs, Julie’s infectious kindness and wit are remembered by all.
Julie loved her cats, growing flowers and herbs, yoga and dance, the arts, cooking and nutrition, reading, continuing education and time with her friends. She was active within the Master Gardener and Herb Society communities.
Born April 2, 1967, in Tempe, Ariz., to Joyce and John Reigelsberger, Julie grew up close to home. After graduation from McClintock High School, she pursued lifelong passion for new experiences. First, undergraduate study at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Next, an internship in rural New Jersey at Appel Farms Arts and Music Center.
Then to Philadelphia’s Drexel University for her first masters degree. More arts administration at Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philly, then running youth artist programs at Philadelphia Public Library on Logan Circle. Just before returning “home” to Tempe for more schooling, Julie met Jim Sergovic at a group roller blading event by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They instantly became lifelong friends.
After receiving a municipal planning degree from ASU in Tempe, Julie took a three-month internship with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. She then embarked on travel. Through national parks, along the California coast and fortuitously, overnight, in Mariposa. She immediately fell in love with Mariposa, its parks and especially the community.
Burgeoning development created a position at the Mariposa Planning Department at about the same time. Julie applied, competing against dozens of applicants from around the world. Bravely facing lengthy interviews and a rigorous screening process, her preparation and poise paid off. Within a month, Julie settled in Mariposa, marrying Jim in Briceburg.
After a couple of years, Julie’s in-laws raised a clamor and the two of them returned to Pennsylvania. Julie took a position with the Montgomery County Planning Department, then Montgomery County Lands Trust.
Ever giving to others, Julie eventually relocated back to Tempe to help her mother care for an aunt and sister. Julie died suddenly after a brief illness. “May her soul rest in peace. Amen.”