Julia Dart Leitzke, 81, of St. Anthony Park, died Nov. 25. She was a 1950 graduate of Wayzata High School and 1954 graduate of Macalester College. She received her master’s degree in library science from the University of Minnesota in 1959.
She began volunteering at the library at St. Anthony Park Elementary School in 1970. She was later employed as a librarian in various St. Paul public schools, retiring in 1993.
Julia was an active member of St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, singing in the choir, serving on many boards and participating in the Lucy Cummings Circle of the church’s Women’s Fellowship. She also was a sister in PEO International, a member of Sierra Club OWLS and a volunteer at Joseph’s Coat, a free clothing store in St. Paul. She and her husband, Nowell, also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and she was a season ticket holder for Music in the Park.
She loved to travel, journeying extensively through four continents. She was an ardent advocate for social justice issues and a supporter of many local arts organizations.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Nowell; son, David Leitzke; daughters, Susan (Arthur) Charlton and Sara (Michael) Quinn; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Sat., Jan. 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave. Memorials are requested to the Friends of the St. Paul Libraries, Joseph’s Coat or St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ.