Julie M. Hallam, July 15, 1941 - May 18, 2017

Julie M. Hallam

Julie M. Hallam, 75, of rural Eleva, WI died Thursday, May 18 on the family farm with her husband and two of her three daughters by her side.

Julie was born in Milwaukee, WI to Thomas and Margaret Modine.  The family lived in Racine, WI where she grew up and attended St. Catherine’s High School. She then went on to graduate from Steven’s College, Columbia, MO and University of Wisconsin – Madison where she received a BS – Art. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters Elizabeth (Jackson) and Patricia (Andersen) and her brother Thomas Modine. 

Julie is survived by her husband William C. Hallam of Racine. WI.  They were married September 15, 1963 and they have three children Margaret Hallam - Fairbanks, AK; Elizabeth Harris - Woodbridge, VA; and Anne Jones -  Denver, CO; and five grandchildren.

After marriage, she moved to Duluth for five years, then to Madison, WI, then settled in Eau Claire until the final move onto the farm south of Eleva, WI in 1978.  Together, on the farm located in Bennett Valley, Trempealeau County, they started a dairy operation with registered Guernsey cattle and eventually raised bred Holstein heifers for sale.  Along with the dairy, saddlebred and thoroughbred horses were also bred and raised.  A special personal achievement worth noting: in the 10 years of caring for dairy cattle, she never lost a new born dairy calf.

Most of her adult life was spent raising her family and helping with the family farm work.  She served on the Eleva – Strum school board and worked part time in Mondovi at Gehrke Floral.  Hobbies included caring for miscellaneous and endless dogs and cats.  When her children were growing, she joined with them in participating in the 4-H events of the Beef River Pace Setters.

Julie also loved gardening and was active in the Mondovi Gardening Club for many years.  An example of her “green thumb” is an oak tree growing on the terrace behind the house planted from a single acorn.  It has reached eight feet in height.   

Hard to explain her avid love for the UW Badger and Green Bay Football teams.  Used to march around in the dining room blowing a horn when her team scored. That will be missed.

A celebration of her life for her friends and family is being planned for this summer.  Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the local humane society. 

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Patricia A. Jeffries May 26, 2017

    Dear Liz, Find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life. We are each of us a miracle, unique in our own way, in the heart and soul and inner gifts we share throughout our days. Your MOM was a miracle whom no one can replace and who gave you special memories that time cannot erase. Memories are the Legacy of Love. Praying God will comfort you and bless the memories your heart holds. My thoughts and Deepest Sympathy are with you and your family.

  2. Leslie May 25, 2017

    I am so sorry for your tremendous loss of your beloved mother and wife. I had only met Mrs. Hallam a couple times, however I took an instant liking to her. I will remember her for her kindness, but also for her trip to botanical gardens with her scissors and fast food cup.
    she certainly seemed to be able to grow many things and in WI that is a special gift! Such a special lady will be missed. Our prayers are with your family.

  3. Ann Kisor May 24, 2017

    Dear Annie and Family,
    Your mom had a kindred spirit with me always! How she loved to tell me of Annie's silver art and about her "drop off" family of animals. We both said we had neon signs about our home advertising for stray cats and dogs. May her kind and caring spirit remain as a part of her legacy and our admiration for her.

  4. Dale & Diane Schallert May 23, 2017

    Please accept our sincere condolences to Bill and the entire Hallam family for the great loss. As a friend of Bill and all the Hallams, I was privledged to know the family since 2nd grade Winslow Elementary, Franklin Jr. and Washington Park and Camp Anokijig. We will say prayers for Julie , Bill and all the family.
    The Hallams will always have special place in my heart and mind. Many wonderful memories on the shore of Lake Micigan.
    God Bless all!

  5. Heidi E May 23, 2017

    May fond memories of Julie bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these before she passed away. My hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. God has promised us that we will soon be reunited with our loved ones. “There is going to be a resurrection,” the Bible confirms at Acts 24:15. “Do not be amazed at this,” Jesus assures us, “for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29)

  6. Deanna Trullinger Fuller May 23, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of Julie's passing. I don't know if you remember me, but I went to elementary school with Maggie. We either walked together or rode our bikes to Lowes Creek School every day. I can still remember going over to your house to play, and your mom had us make 'art' out of macaroni. I will always remember her kindness!

  7. Ron & Marie Kugel May 23, 2017

    So sorry to hear about Julie. Julie & I both worked together with the 4-H club when our boys Wayne and Scott were growing up. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the nicest and caring person I have ever met. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Marie & Ron Kugel

  8. Deb Gotlibson May 22, 2017

    So sorry for your loss. Brings back Guernsey memories. Dad and I send our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Paul and Mary Kouba May 21, 2017

    I am sorry for your loss. We hope your memories will keep you warn in this time of loss. I always enjoyed taking with Julie at our office get togethers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Steve Rubenzer May 21, 2017

    So sorry for your loss. Julie was a very sweet lady. Judee and my prayers are with you.

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