Published in the February 17, 2017 edition.
Born in Cambridge on February 22, 1982, Julia was raised in North Reading and was a graduate of North Reading High School. She was certified as a peer specialist by the Transformation Center and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
She was a resident of Wakefield for the past 10 years and a member of Horizon House.
Julia had an endless love for her family. She was a woman who was exceptionally kind and understanding. She was passionate about things she found interesting such as raising awareness for different advocacy groups and speaking at the State House.
She was courageous in living her fullest life. Julia was the life of the party with an incredible sense of humor and wit. She was incredibly thoughtful, never forgetting a birthday or special occasion. She knew what she liked and had a sense of style truly her own.
She loved the holidays, especially Christmas, and was so generous with everyone, always looking for the perfect gift for others. She wasn’t religious in the traditional sense, but over her life, had developed a special connection and trust in God.
Julia’s family will forever love and cherish her as she made all of our lives so bright.
Family members include her loving mother, Julia C. (Wahlefield) Brachanow of North Reading; sisters, Casey (Melvin) McGah and her husband Sean of Lynnfield and Nathania Brachanow of North Reading; her brother, Frankie Brachanow of North Reading; niece, Addison McGah, nephew, Henry McGah; grandparents, Catherine Cataldo of Arlington, William and Dee Wahlefield of Revere; aunts and uncles Charlotte and Sean Keefe of China, ME, Linda and Ariel Angurano of Northport, AL, Joanne Torres of Wilmington, William Wahlefield of China, ME, cousins, Parris, Lindsey, Denise, Debbie, Joanna, Gabby, Liam, Catherine, Charlotte, Tonya and Kiyanna; and her Auntie Shell; Godparents, Cathy and Parris Varney of China, ME.
Her funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Monday, February 20, at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield.
Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, February 19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.