Thursday, June 29, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Clock Life Story Funeral Homes
Grand Haven Location
16777 Lincoln St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Rosary @ 7:30 PM
Friday, June 30, 2017
11:00 AM EDT
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
920 Fulton Avenue
Grand Haven, MI 49417
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Friends for Life
American Red Cross
1050 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.
Life Story / Obituary
Reflecting on the life of Julia Twining, words such as faithful, loving, thoughtful and courageous come to mind. She lived her life selflessly putting others first. Very independent and confident, she never let her illness define her. She leaves behind a rich legacy of living each day to the fullest and not spending a single day with regret. Her positive outlook and sweet personality will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Julia’s story begins in the year of 1986. On August 24th, Mark & Debra (Hammerlund) Kukulski welcomed home their newborn baby girl, Julia Elizabeth in Grand Haven, Michigan. Julia was named after her beloved great aunts, Julia and Elizabeth. Arriving three weeks late and weighing nearly ten pounds, her birth brought much joy and happiness into their home. Later, she was joined by her younger sisters, Jackie and Gina.
Born to a set of hardworking parents, Julia valued their commitment to raising her in their Catholic faith. She attended Rosy Mound Elementary, then Lakeshore Middle School before graduating from Grand Haven High School in 2004. During these formative years, she enjoyed numerous activities; dance, gymnastics, swimming, horseback riding, and tennis. As a young child, Julia had many wonderful moments with her family. They vacationed together each summer at their cottage on McLaren Lake. They also took many trips to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, as well as multiple trips to Canada, Tennessee, and Disney World in Florida. Her family enjoyed many parts of the Midwest including, Chicago, the Wisconsin Dells, Cincinnati, and South Bend. In addition to sightseeing, many of their trips also included visiting zoos and aquariums, as well as attending concerts or cheering on one of their favorite baseball teams. On occasion, the family was known to cut across the state to enjoy a delicious chicken dinner in Frankenmuth. She loved the girls’ annual trip to Traverse City with her mom, sisters, aunts, cousins, and grandmother. Just shy of her sixteenth birthday, she met the man of her dreams, best friend and soul mate Andrew Twining!
Driven and ambitious, after graduating from high school, she enrolled at Grand Valley State University to pursue her interests in statistics. Also during her high school and college years, Julia helped her family run their business, Printing Express. Three years later, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Statistics in May 2007. On June 23, 2007, Julia and Andrew were married at St. Mary’s Church in Spring Lake surrounded by friends and family. Sharing many common interests, she and Andrew loved to attend concerts, go to the beach, and explore new restaurants. They loved to host New Year’s Eve Parties in their first home in Norton Shores home as well as entertain in the summers with their neighbors and friends. By May 2009, Julia had earned her Master of Science in Biostatistics. She was then employed as biostatistician consulting on quality control for clinical trials. Excellent at dealing with numbers and the ability to problem solve, she found great success there.
Although her career was important to her, Julia’s passion was her family and friends. Spoiling each and every one of them was her specialty. Often picking out just the right gifts for any occasion or hosting a special event, she loved to spread joy and make everyone feel special. Julia felt compelled to encourage her younger siblings over the years, ensuring that they follow their dreams. Intuitive by nature and a great problem solver, they felt they could come to her with any need and she’d be more than willing to help them. Sadly, the news of her diagnosis with Osteosarcoma in 2010, hit the family hard. Her positive attitude and strong foundation of faith saw her through many challenging treatments and surgeries. She always went through treatment with grace, making it a priority to have gratitude even on her worst days.
Later, she and Andrew relocated to Texas to follow his career in 2013. While in the Lone Star State, they loved to entertain family and friends when they came to visit and enjoy the beautiful gulf shoreline! In May 2014, Julia and Andrew welcomed a Havachon puppy, Pasha, to their home. Pasha brought immense joy to their lives. Their dog was Julia’s constant companion, flying together during their frequent trips between Michigan and Texas. In Texas, they gained many lifelong friends whom Julia also found ways to spoil and support. Ever selfless, she pushed Andrew to never stop and always find a way to be the best man he could be. For fifteen years she was his guiding light through every storm and the greatest source of happiness in his life.
After seven long years of battling her cancer, unfortunately, it became untreatable. Moving back to Michigan in May of 2017, Julia set her mind to making the best of memories with her family. Julia and Andrew renewed their vows for their ten-year anniversary on the beach in a beautiful and touching ceremony. She continued to shower them with special gifts and spent quality time with them. Described as loving, supportive, and dedicated, there is no doubt that Julia’s life had purpose and meaning. Her special friends and loved ones will cherish their memories of her forever.
Mrs. Julia Elizabeth (Kukulski) Twining, age 30, passed away at her parent’s home on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Mrs. Twining had been employed as a biostatistician and for her family's business, Printing Express. Julia was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and loved the beach, traveling, music, crafts, cooking and entertaining. Surviving are her loving husband, Andrew Twining; her parents, Mark & Debra Kukulski; sisters, Jacqueline Kukulski & Gina Kukulski; parents-in-law, Curtis & Sheila Twining; brothers-in-law, Scott (Mandi) Twining & Matthew Twining; nieces & nephews, Nicole, Braden, Addison & Cordyn; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, and her special canine companion, Pasha. A service is planned for Friday, June 30, 2017, 11:00 am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Fr. Charles Schwartz officiating. Interment in Historic Cemetery. The visitation will be held on Thursday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Rosary Service at 7:30 pm at Clock Funeral Home-Grand Haven. MEMORIAL: In lieu of flowers please consider giving to Julia's favorite cause, Friends for Life, www.friends4life.org/how-to-help/donate/ or The American Red Cross, www.redcross.org/donate/, in Julia's name.