Julia Saenz


Mass of Christian Burial for Julia Louise Saenz, 62, Lawrence will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.  Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  She died January 6, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born on November 1, 1950 in Lamar, CO the daughter of Joe and Kathryn “Katie” (Godinez) Saenz.
Julia was an office manager for St. John the Evangelist Catholic School.  
She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where she was active in the Pastoral Council and with the Fiesta.
She married James Michael Self on May 2, 1981 in Great Bend, KS.  He preceded her in death on July 5, 2010.
Survivors include one son, James “Michael” Self, Lawrence, one daughter, Kathryn “Katie” Self, Denver, CO; two sisters, Mona (Andy) Webb, Wichita, KS; Monica (Len) Ortega, LaCrosse, KS; four brothers, Rito (Jeannie) Saenz, Topeka, KS; Joe Saenz, Chris (Laura) Saenz, Manuel Palacio all of Great Bend, KS and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Edward Saenz and a sister-in-law, Linda Saenz.
A Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.  The family will receive friends following the rosary until 7:30 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Oncology Department or to Visiting Nurses Hospice.


34 Condolences

  1. Tom and LuAnn Wilcox on January 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    We will always remember Julia for her ready smile and laugh and her absolutely tremendous outlook on life. She led a beautifully spiritual life and we will miss her greatly. All our love to Katie and Michael and all of her lovely family.

  2. Frank and Juanita Godinez on January 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss – our deepest condolences.

  3. Jamie Webb on January 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I am so happy we were able to spend time with her during her visit to California. Our family is very upset that we are not able to attend the funeral. She was so special to each of us. I keep hearing that cute giggly laugh that only she had! She will forever be missed and remembered in our home.

  4. Carla Hazen on January 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    One of God’s finest creations…period!! Dear Sweet Julia….so loved, and will be so missed.

  5. Jean Finch on January 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I am very, very grateful to have been blessed by Julia. There were some days when her cheer and practical wisdom kept me going. Gratitude and peace to Katie, Michael,all the family, and close friends of Julia.

  6. Judith Galas on January 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Dear Michael and Katie,

    Your mom’s obituary this morning brought back such memories of her, your dad, and the two of you at the 7 a.m. Sunday mass at St. John’s. I was the cantor during those years when you were altar servers, first Michael, then the two of you together, then just Katie. I grew close to your mom during those years, because as a communion minister she was often part of that Sunday team. I remember her smile, full and warm just like in the obit picture. I was saddened to see that you also have lost your dad. Now you have each other. I just lost my mom in July, also a Julia, and while I had my mom until she was almost 93, I know that no matter their ages, our parents are dear to us and a deep part of who we are. I will be thinking of you both during these days of prayers, burial, and final goodbyes. Peace and all good, Judith Galas

  7. Libby Farney on January 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I was so blessed to have known Julia while I lived in Lawrence. She had a smile that could light up a room. I will always remember visiting the house as a small girl, or staying over while my parents were out of town. My deepest condolences go out to Katie and Michael. While it is still a sad time, may everyone feel comfort in knowing Julia is now eternally happy.

  8. Bernadette and Scott burkhart on January 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    My Dear Julia how much we will miss you. Katie and Michael your mom meant the world to our family. I will never forget her friendship and how we worked together practically ever day at St Johns School office. And many other duties she gave me . She always had great hugs and smiles to greet me. She loved her job and everyone in her life. I have many many memories of your mother and I will always keep them in my heart. Especially when she gave me my baby shower with my daughter Nicole. Her kindness meant so much to me. Over the years after the kids graduated we didn’t see each other much but she was always in my prayers. Julia will never leave my mind or heart peace to you and your family. and prayers to you all. I think of Joy when i think of your dear sweet mom love to you! Bernadette, Scott, Sean and Nicole Burkhart

  9. Mick Schurer on January 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Michael and Katie I am so very sorry, words cannot express how I feel right now, you mom was a special lady, always with a smile even during some difficult times. . . she will be missed. . . we all were so blessed to have know Julia

  10. Carolyn Calhoun on January 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    To the Family: I am so sorry for your loss. The death of a loved one is never an easy matter for any of us to cope with, but we do have the assurance of our Heavenly Father that he will comfort us in all our tribulations. (Psalms 55:22) Death was never a part of the Creator’s purpose for mankind, so, he has furnished a guarantee by means of his Son, Christ Jesus, that we will see our loved ones again. (Acts 24:15; John 5:28)I pray that you may draw comfort from these words.

  11. Alphonso Hutton on January 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Mama Self. It has been such a pleasure to know you. Thank you for ALWAYS welcoming me into you home, and making me feel like family. I’ll never forget the day you actively participated in all the festivities with us during the graduation party. Katie will without a doubt be a “cool mom” like yourself. When I get my jayhawk tattoo, I think I’ll get it on my ankle as well. It will be my tribute to you. Love you always. Alphonso Hutton

  12. Barbara & Jerry Haney on January 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Dear Katie & Michael,
    We are so sad to hear of your Mom’s death. She was the best! Wish we could be there for her services. You will be in our prayers.

  13. Cleo and John Langley on January 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Julia will always be in all of our hearts with her quick laugh and wonderful spirit. She and I worked together at St Lawrence Center and she was so fun to be with. Everyone will miss her. Our prayers go to all of her family.

  14. Jerry Damm on January 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Joe,Rito,Chris,Manuel,Mona, Monica,and families. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Julia’s family during this time of your loss.

  15. Mary & Patrick McVey on January 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers to all the family. We will miss such a great lady.

  16. John Scott on January 9, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Julia was a classmates in Great Bend High School language class along with Rito–they always made a very good impression. I noticed Julia turned up in Lawrence at KU mid-late 1970s. Condolences to family.

  17. Colleen Dolan on January 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Dear Katie and family – My deepest condolences on your mother’s passing. Please know Katie that your Transwestern friends are thinking of you during this time and keeping you close in our hearts.

  18. Evelyn Klusener, Ginger, Thomas & Family on January 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Julie will be missed very much. She was such a good and kind person, she has left an ever lasting mark on our hearts.
    We will remeber her always,
    love to all.

  19. Dan and Theresa Godinez on January 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Rito,Ramona,Joe,Chris,Monica and Manuel. Dan & I send our condolences. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Debby McNemee on January 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Hello wonderful Saenz family…
    I don’t know if you’ll remember me but I was one of Julia’s chemo nurses these past couple of years and also treated her hubby back in 2010. I am a hospice nurse now after being in oncology nursing for 19 years. I just cannot begin to tell you how much Julia has touch my life. I loved caring for her. Her zest for life, love and embracing every day just blessed everyone she came in contact with. I am a better nurse, mom and person because of Julia. She will forever have a place in my heart. You are such a remarkable family I am so very blessed to have gotten to know.
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you all.

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  34. Alecia Webb on March 9, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    I knew Julia in the late 1970s when she and Jim were dating, and attended their wedding! Loved both of them. Her smile was infectious and her heart was beautiful. I’m sorry to hear both of them have passed. My condolence to all of the family.

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