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Julia A. Nolt

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 11, 2022 @ 11:40 am In Obituaries | 43 Comments

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Julia Ann (Hess) Nolt, 64, of Lancaster died peacefully at home with her husband by her side on Monday, January 10, 2022.  She was married to Joseph E. Nolt, Jr.  Born in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late C. Herbert Hess and Eunice (Bergey) Hess.

Julia was a lifeguard for much of her adult life.  She was an avid swimmer, biker, beach lover, and stayed active with many outdoor activities.  She also had a passion for music and played many instruments.

She was a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church where she played in the Bell Choir.

Julia spent most of her extra time with her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed many trips with her family and was always there for everyone with a beautiful smile on her face.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Jodi Trauger and Janelle Nolt; grandchildren, Alexis, Alyssia, Tyler and Austin; and a great-grandchild, Jaivon.  She is also survived by siblings, Jerry Hess, Dan Hess, Carol Martin, Kathleen Shuman and Twila Sauder.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. BOX 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center, 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 or Johns Hopkins University of Medicine 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1722, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Service will be private and at the convenience of the family with burial in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.  To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com

Condolences for the family of “Julia A. Nolt”

Condolence from Cheryl Kremer on January 12th, 2022 6:07 am

My heart aches for your loss. What a wonderful woman of God! I remember when my sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, she gave a prayer shawl to Jodi for me to give to her. Such a big heart! Find peace and comfort knowing she has spread her wisdom, love, and faith to all of you.

Condolence from Pat Swartzendruber on January 12th, 2022 9:46 am

Prayers and love for her family. I always enjoyed visiting with her at our Bergey family reunions. She had a generous and loving spirit and will be so missed.

Condolence from Lena Zehr on January 12th, 2022 12:34 pm

Twila was a beautiful and happy third grade student when I taught that class at Locust Grove Mennonite School. Her parents were also very supportive during those young years. A special lady in my memories of her as a child as well as an adult. She will be missed by family and friends.

Condolence from Carol (Byler) Denlinger on January 12th, 2022 12:44 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up with Julie in Sunday School at Neffsville Mennonite. She was always a very kind person.

Condolence from Paul & Jeanette Metzler on January 12th, 2022 7:13 pm

Dear Joe and Family: With sorrow we pray with you for your loss. You can remember the vibrancy Julia brought to your family and others. May you be given the peace of God during this time and be grateful for the good memories. Love and prayers, Jeanette and Paul

Condolence from Joanne Brenneman Speigle on January 12th, 2022 7:17 pm

What are beautiful soul and a beautiful smile always! A wonderful first cousin, she will be missed.

Condolence from Megan Varano on January 12th, 2022 9:02 pm

We were so sorry to hear of Julias passing. She was a special part of the Greenfield pool and will be greatly missed. What a special lady with a heart of gold. Thinking of all of you during this sad time. Wishing you peace and comfort.

Condolence from Rolando Santiago on January 12th, 2022 10:16 pm

My condolences to Joe and the rest of the family! I appreciated knowing Julia since our high school years. She and I sat by each other in Tour Choir at Eastern Mennonite High School when Julia would often switch from her alto section to the tenor section to support the tenors, one of whom was me. It’s hard to imagine the world without her quiet spirit and enduring smile. I am sure I am not the only one who will miss her deeply. I celebrate her life and I join the family in giving thanks to God for the gift of her life.

Condolence from Peggy Wissler on January 13th, 2022 10:24 am

Joe and Family My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. May God be with you and comfort you in this time of sorrow. Peggy Wissler

Condolence from Kathy and Jim Long on January 13th, 2022 2:59 pm

Joe and family, our prayers for all of you as you adjust to life without dear Julia! I always thought of her as the beautiful tall girl with the gorgeous bright smile who married my cousin Joe! She was ALWAYS kind and interested in our ‘goings on’ whenever the Hershey Clan got together! She lived a life of faith and love and, I know, that spirit lives on in her children and grands❤️. Gone too soon from this crazy world, but joining the legions of angels in heaven, and pain free! May God wrap his loving arms around you all and give you peace❤️!

Condolence from Jennie Todd on January 14th, 2022 5:47 am

Joe, my deepest condolences to you and all who have lost Julia as a sister, daughter, mom, nana and friend.

I’ve known Julia and the Hess family from Neffsville Mennonite Church since we were children. She was always quick to offer a kind word and beautiful smile. I know she’ll be deeply missed.

Praying that your faith and fond memories help to ease your grief and suffering.

Jennie (and Don) Todd

Condolence from Don and Cathy Byler on January 14th, 2022 11:15 am

Our condolences for you and your family Joe. Prayers are certainly raised on your behalf

Condolence from Diana Hershberger on January 15th, 2022 12:45 pm

Thank you so much for posting this on Facebook. Aunt Grace had called me and told me. I was so sorry to hear this. She was so young and active. I am sending prayers for you and your family with love Diana

Condolence from Michael and Donna Cook on January 15th, 2022 12:57 pm

Joe and Family,
So sorry to hear of Julia’s passing! May God fill you all with peace and Christ’s Spirit. I have wonderful memories of the Julia and her fun times at the log cabin. She so loved life ! God bless you all greatly!

Condolence from Ethel Nolt on January 15th, 2022 3:08 pm

So sorry to hear about Julia. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Cindy Godfrey on January 15th, 2022 3:19 pm

So very sorry for your loss. Julia was always nice to me. Very cheerful person. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family.


Condolence from Wendy Gehman on January 16th, 2022 7:05 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Julia was a beautiful person inside and outside. We are all going to miss that big beautiful smile.

Condolence from Jere Brubaer on January 16th, 2022 11:15 am

I was always glad when Julia was lifeguarding at Greenfield. She was always so friendly and I will
forever remember that great smile. You have my deepest sympathy, Joe and may God give you
His peace.

Condolence from Marlan Nolt on January 16th, 2022 2:03 pm

Joe and family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to Julia’s death.

Condolence from Ann Brenneman on January 16th, 2022 6:24 pm

My condolences to Joe and the family. My prayers are for you during this time of loss. I will always remember Julia’s beautiful smile. She was beautiful inside and out. She will be missed.

Condolence from Rachel Brubaker on January 16th, 2022 6:57 pm

I am sorry to hear this. I always remember our childhood adventures together, getting thrown or scraped off ornery horses and chasing after them down Oregon Road, finally resorting to saddling up the ram and riding him; riding bikes to each other’s house; helping milk the cows; hiking in the woods; the friendships between our same-aged siblings and our parents…lots of dirt and joy and laughter and ice cream. It’s hard to take it in that we have reached the time in our lives where we must endure these losses. My condolences to Joe and your children and grandchildren, and to Eunice, Jerry, Dan, Carol, Kathleen, and Twila. Comfort to you all.

Condolence from Bill Landis on January 16th, 2022 9:44 pm


Sorry to hear of Julia’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

Condolence from Dawn L Eanone on January 17th, 2022 12:32 pm

My condolences to your family. So sorry to hear that Mrs.Nolt passed, only new her from Costco where I worked. Very nice person.

Condolence from jim & patsy Fichtner on January 17th, 2022 1:18 pm

Joe sorry to hear this sad news thoughts and prayer go out to you and your family.

Condolence from Beth Styer on January 17th, 2022 2:37 pm

Fond memories of Julia and her family when we had Bergey gatherings. She always had a big smile and a big heart for all. One could tell she loved family and loved to spend time with all of them. She will be missed.
Love and hugs,
Beth Styer

Condolence from Jim Bergey on January 17th, 2022 2:57 pm

Very sorry to hear the news about Julia. She is one of those people who emanated positivity and goodwill at every turn — something that the world is always in desperate need of. We are all the poorer as a result of this loss.

Condolence from Sharon Boyd on January 17th, 2022 5:56 pm

I met Julia when I was a cashier at Giant in the Lancaster shopping center. We chatted, she always had a beautiful smile, I was so sad to read that she passed away. She is with Jesus now

Condolence from Sharon Boyd on January 17th, 2022 6:01 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Julia passing. I was a cashier at Giant for many years, in the Lancaster shopping center. Julia would come through my line and we would chat, I am so sad, but happy that she is with Jesus and without pain!

Condolence from Jennifer Switch ( Jen’s Pottery Den) on January 17th, 2022 7:07 pm

Twila, Hannah and the whole Hess /Nolt family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your sister, mother and Aunt. She was always such a bright spot when I entered the pool. Remember the wonderful times you were able to share with her. I wish you all prayers peace and healing.

Condolence from Dale & Laurie Hoover on January 18th, 2022 8:59 am

So sorry to hear of Julia’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you say goodbye and adjust to life without her.

Condolence from Jack Bergey on January 18th, 2022 11:58 am

I am sorry to hear the news about Julia. I always enjoyed talking with her at family reunions. Her smile was contagious and she seemed to always have a zest for life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you say goodbye and adjust to life without her.

Condolence from Priscilla Bergey on January 18th, 2022 12:09 pm

I know that Julia will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. We will all remember her big beautiful smile and kind heart. I wish for you , her close family, comfort and peace in this time of grieving.

Condolence from Janet Williams on January 18th, 2022 1:42 pm

Very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love to all of the family. Nan

Condolence from Janet Williams on January 18th, 2022 1:53 pm

I am very sorry for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love to you and all the family. Nan

Condolence from Nelson Hoover on January 19th, 2022 10:50 am

My sincere condolences to Eunice, Dan, Jerry, Kathleen, Twila and especially Joe and family. It’s very hard to say goodbye to a beloved family member. Julia’s untimely death brings back memories of my Elaine’s early passing at the age of 60. May you find comfort in the cherished memories of your times together. Joe, if its of any comfort, feel free to give me a call or meet for coffee. Nelson

Condolence from Mark and Melode Forsha on January 19th, 2022 11:04 pm

We were sorry to hear of the passing of Julia. You have our sympathy and prayers.
Mark and Melode Forsha

Condolence from Dori Booth on January 20th, 2022 1:37 pm

I am so sorry for your loss! Your family is in my thoughts. I am sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

Condolence from Christine Yost on January 20th, 2022 5:51 pm

I have fond memories of working with Julia at the YWCA pool. I also guarded and taught lessons there and our paths often crossed. I especially remember the many times we would run into each other at Costco , Julia with grandchild in toe, and me with one of my kids -sharing stories and feeding the kids their lunch from the free samples around the store. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss of this wonderful woman.

Condolence from Peg McCleaf on January 22nd, 2022 9:34 pm

Meeting Julia several years ago at the Greenfield pool was a special joy. We shared stories of our common interests; swimming, lifeguarding and the many young folks we had worked with. I especially loved watching her interact with the young people who were old enough to swim without their parents present. She took an interest in them, bringing out not only big smiles, but the best in all of them. A true joy.

Condolence from Beth Crosby on January 24th, 2022 9:36 pm

I extend my sympathy to the entire family. Julia was a lifeguard for many years at Universal when I taught and participated in deep water exercise classes. She always had a friendly smile and kind words for everyone.

Condolence from Linda Metzler on January 30th, 2022 6:14 pm

My deep condolences to all of you on the loss of your ray of sunshine, Julia. Her positivity and love shone through every interaction. She will be deeply missed. Light and love to all of the Hess and Nolt families. May her memory be a blessing.

Condolence from Marv and Bess Klassen-Landis on February 1st, 2022 3:22 pm

We send our love to all. We have many fond memories of family gatherings and we know Julia will be missed so deeply.

Condolence from Elsie Wiley on February 1st, 2022 4:00 pm

Wow, the heart is never prepared and ready to say good-bye. Especially at this time in life when life is experiencing children maturing and grandchildren full of life. Julia will be remembered by many of her friends at Universal. She was always there to assist Twila when one of us needed a water noodle or another aqua item, or to do anything that needed done to have the classes run smoothly. I have neat memories of her and her sweetheart and grands out at the farm for a Universal picnic. So as you walk this journey please know that you are not alone, but thought of, cared about, and prayed for God’s comfort and peace during this very sad and difficult time. Elsie Wiley and I am sure representing a lot of Universal friends.

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