Julie Grgurevic

February 2, 1979 - December 10, 2023
Julie  Grgurevic

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Julie Grgurevic, 44, of Wilmington, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday, December 10, 2023 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter after a nearly two year courageous battle with brain cancer. She was born on February 2, 1979, in New York City. After growing up in Long Island, Julie left home and relocated to North Carolina to pursue her education and career. Wilmington, NC, was the perfect landing place for Julie to begin her journey. Her love for the ocean made it the perfect place to call “home”. Julie’s final resting place will be in Croatia, a place she held very dear to her heart.

Julie was a loving mother and cherished her role as a mommy. She loved life and embraced every moment with enthusiasm. Her vibrant personality and zest for life touched the hearts of those around her. Julie was not only a devoted mother to her two children; Bishop and Leo, but was the best dog mom to her three beloved fur babies; Tank, Summer – Lily and Batman.

Julie leaves behind a loving family, including her parents, Mario and Noemi Grgurevic, her partner David Beasley, her daughter Bishop Grgurevic, her son Leo Grgurevic, her brother Dan Grgurevic and his wife Jennifer, her nephews Johnny and Andrew Grgurevic, her niece Ava Grgurevic, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Julie attended high school at New Hyde Park Memorial in New York. After graduating in 1997, she pursued her higher education first at the University of Rhode Island, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders in 2001. Following her graduation, she relocated to Greenville, NC, where she attended East Carolina University and earned her Master of Science Degree in Audiology in 2004. Following her graduation, Julie accepted a job opportunity in Wilmington, NC.

For two decades Julie rocked the audiology world, showing off her pitch perfect skills as a Clinical Audiologist and the Director of Audiology at Wilmington Ear Nose and Throat Associates. She had an ear for greatness and a knack for making even the most tone-deaf patient crack a smile. Julie made a tremendous difference in the lives of her patients.

Sadly, shortly after Julie passed away, her father suffered a brief illness that led to his passing on December 14, 2023. A memorial service will be held to honor the lives of Julie and her beloved father, Mario, on Saturday, December 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. We invite family, friends, and members of the community to join us in the Chapel of Wilmington Funeral and Cremation to remember and honor their memory and lives.

In remembrance of Mario and Julie’s lives and in gratitude for the compassionate care they received, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to  Lower Cape Fear Hospice   a cause that their families hold dear to their hearts.

Zauvijek u Našim Srcima

(Forever in Our Hearts)

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The funeral arrangements are entrusted to Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, located in Wilmington, NC.

 

 




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  • February 15, 2024
    Chrissy McGeorge says:
    I will be thinking and praying for Julie’s family and friends. I just found out that she passed. I am also diagnosed with glioblastoma and met Julie through a Facebook group. I realized we were practically neighbors since I live near Topsail Island. We never got a chance to meet although I wish we had. I’m pretty sure we will meet in heaven though❤️

  • December 23, 2023
    Candace says:
    Dear Julie, I started writing this when you were in hospice because it’s the way I knew to deal with my emotions. I so badly wanted to see you; to hold you and tell you, “You are love. You are light. You’re safe. It’s okay”, like you unknowingly did for me. But I dont need to now because you are free. We were quick friends in 2008 after we met at the local crossfit box. Like all newbies, we were obsessed. The lifestyle, the friends, our bodies. We. were. killing. It! Only slightly, though, because we drew a hard line at offering only 85% effort on any given workout. We had nothing to prove to anyone. Of course the coaches loved (read: loathed) us. They thought we’d hired them to challenge us, but we were there to challenge them! We were similar like that. “Mind your business, coach. No we don’t need to add more weight. We didn’t come here to get strong- we are here for the social, and a side of ‘get fit.’ Go build someone else!” That was us. I loved that about us. It felt familiar. For you, like me, it was about the individual, the community, the experience that mattered- Living fully mattered, not the gains. We eventually outgrew cross-fit, but you never changed. You remained to be about experiences. And YOU were an experience. One that affected me in ways I couldn’t have guessed or imagined. Nowthat you’re in an alternate universe and I’ve had time to reflect, I’m able to articulate your effect on me, though not succinctly. (I’m working on that) It was June, 2022. The world and my personal life felt in complete discord. To name a few circumstances at play, there was the war in Ukraine; the multiple and mass shootings; and the overturning of Roe v Wade. For me, fear was at an all-time high. Also, earlier that year, you told me you were terminally sick, which felt like a personal assault. I was witnessing and experiencing so much unrest; hate; division; loss of autonomy and, soon, life(yours). Everything felt particularly heavy, and it all came to a head as I churned on my air-dyne (that dreaded machine!), in my heat-box of a garage that day. So entrenched in feelings, I was paralyzed by fear. I felt scared; uneasy; combustible; and like I’d break at any moment- a lot like how I imagine you felt those two years, obstinately staring death in the face. But, you. YOU were fierce! SO composed in battle, you were. Fighting for life, I knew you wanted to reel and rage, yet you were steadfast in courage and hope, never stopping, and determined to try anything to eradicate the disease that time-stamped your life. I thought to myself, “here’s my girl, who finally has the dream she dreamt of being adorned with children she loves and adores, and her life is being ripped out from under her. Her world is closing in, and yet she fights stoically, serenely, and full of grace.” In that moment of complete inspiration, I challenged myself to the scariest thing I could think of to face head on, in an attempt to channel your energy. I spotted bright green clippers. It made complete sense that I would shave my head, because you had started to lose your hair. With a visible sign of your life falling to the giant, it was scary to all of us. With the dog shears I’d shaved Gris with in previous months, I clipped my very expensive, processed hair down to my scalp, from the top of my forehead to the nape of my neck. There was no going back. I was going to be bald in a matter of minutes. I knew living with a bald head wouldn't come close to what you were going through. After all, I had my health. But as a professional and a woman living in a very normative culture society, the unconventionality of my shaved head would force me to face the world bravely. And that was the point. Plus, you were unconventional (another strength to our bond), so it was even more fitting. My kids came to me as I continued to shave my head, falling to tears when they saw me, nervous of what people would think or say about their mom. We cried as I told them why I was doing it, and how you inspired me to be “fearless”, and they asked to help shave my head. Your steadfastness was and continues to be a life- lesson for us. Because of you, we know our inner strength. We know outside factors don’t determine our worth or define who we are. We know the burden of what people say or think isn’t ours to bear. And because of you, I stared fear in the face (or at least faked it ‘til I made it) with a freshly shaven head, and discovered parts of me I never knew. From one silly act that sprung because of your subtle but fiercely- courageous spirit, I learned a self-knowing and assuredness I might not have known otherwise. Because of you, I went deep and tapped into an unbreakable spirit, one like yours, of inner strength and resilience. The world’s condition is still in flux and self doubt always tries to rear its ugly head, but I go back to the moment in my garage, when your inner-strength and bravery revealed themselves to me, and I ground myself, feeling safe and secure from the chaos swirling around me as I channel my inner “Julie.” Thank you for your friendship and your example of strength in grace. You were awe-inspiring. Indelible. And, I pray your spirit remains ever-present in my life, until we meet again.

  • December 22, 2023
    Elizabeth Ezzard says:
    I worked with Julie indirectly on a regular basis for probably 16 years. We refer our clients to Wilmington ENT to get help with hearing aids. Julie was fantastic to work with. I can say every single person we referred that ended up working with Julie as their audiologist was 100% pleased. She truly had a gift, and she was so fantastic at what she did. She had such an impact, and changed so many peoples lives with the gift of being able to hear. I was so fortunate to be able to work with her all those years. She made our job easy and she was so easy to work with. When we knew our clients were working with Julie, we had no doubt that they would be satisfied and love her. She is missed so much and my heart goes out to her family and friends. I pray with all my heart, for the family missing and loving and grieving for both Julie and her father. I also send the condolences of my coworkers, who also worked with her for a long time Theresa and Mandy. God be with you all

  • December 17, 2023
    Jason Kratky says:
    ☠☠. Till we meet again, keep the skies purple & gold. ☠☠

  • December 17, 2023
    Jimmy and Libby PIgge says:
    Prayers to the family and friends.