Obituary – Julia John Booras

02 Feb

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Julia J. Booras.
Calling Hours: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.
All night vigil*
Funeral Services
: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017 at 10 a.m.
All of the above will be held at:
Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
70 West Street, Keene, NH
* Volunteers welcome to participate
Complete obituary is below.


Julia J. Booras of Keene, NH died on January 19, 2017, in the presence of her devoted family. Julia was loved and respected by everyone who knew her. She was nonjudgmental and got along well with people. She was born in Keene on September 19, 1927; the daughter of Greek immigrants John A. and Antonia (Panopoulos) Booras.

Julia attended Keene schools and graduated from Keene High School in 1945. She was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in many school activities. In college, Julia majored in Home Economics. She graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor’s Degree and later earned a Master’s Degree with Honors from the University of New Hampshire. Julia was a member of the Home Economics Association of New Hampshire and Nu Beta Upsilon.

She taught at the Keene Middle School, Murdock Junior High in Winchendon, MA and Hinsdale Junior High School. In conjunction with her professional career, Julia enjoyed designing and sewing clothes and creating new food recipes. She was appointed to special committee to evaluate the Home Economics curriculum in schools throughout New Hampshire.

During her early years, she served as hostess and assistant manager of her Father’s restaurant, the Bon Ton in Keene. Here, she met many celebrities including Poet Laureate Robert Frost, composer Leonard Bernstein, the Vienna Boys Choir, and many performers for the Fuller Bartlett and Community Concert Series.

Julia enjoyed reading, traveling, and playing the piano, both classical and contemporary music. Her interest included the history of the Keene region and was a member of the Cheshire County Historical Society. Julia was also interested in ancient Greek history, especially the evolution of Greek architecture.

She was an active life-long member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Julia attended church faithfully and was a generous contributor, including time and effort. For many years, she was active in preparing the Memorial Wheat Tray and Bread of Oblation. She sponsored many Fellowships Hours which followed Church services including those conducted at the Cathedral of the Pines. Through her many years of dedicated service, Julia inspired pride and spirit within the Church community. She was representative to the 1998 Conference of the Greek School Teachers at St. John’s University, New York, and was a delegate to the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Boston Clergy Laity Congress at Hellenic College 2000.

Julia was president and one of the original members of the Doric Guild, the church’s young ladies society. She was a volunteer organizer and teacher of the Greek Language School consisting of primary, intermediate, and adult classes and individual tutoring.
She was active in many charitable organizations including the Eastern Star, the woman’s auxiliary of the Masonic Lodge. She visited people in hospitals and people confined to their homes. She was a volunteer at the Keene Hospital and served as an interpreter.
Gardening was a favorite hobby. Julia took pleasure in landscaping and planting flowers and shrubs and managing their growth. She looked forward to spending her summers at the family home in Hampton Beach, swimming, bicycling and taking long walks. During the winters, Julia enjoyed skiing on many weekends at local ski areas.

Survivors include a sister, Mary, a brother, Chris both of Keene; a nephew, John Werner and his wife Sharon of Aloha, Oregon; a niece, Beth Lee and her husband Maurice of Lompoc, California; many grand nephews, grand nieces, cousins and Godchildren.

Her brother, Peter and sister, Helen Werner both died earlier.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Mary and Chris Booras and the entire family.

Calling Hours will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 pm followed by an all-night vigil at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West Street, Keene, NH. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church. The Fletcher Funeral Home, Keene, NH has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Julia’s memory to the Saint George Orthodox Church building fund, 70 West Street, P.O. Box 392, Keene, NH 03431. Please make checks out to St. George Greek Orthodox Church (or St. George GOC) and put “Building Fund – In Memory of Julia Booras” on the memo line.

Yiayia’s Attic Treasures table at the annual St. George Christmas Bazaar will never quite be the same without Julia (with her dear sister, Mary in lower photo)

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