Obituary of Julie M. Kopfer
Julie spent a lifetime overcoming obstacles to serve others. She was one of the most caring, selfless people you will ever meet. No matter what the ask, Julie was there for family, Friends, and the countless charities she dedicated her talents to.
Growing up in East Aurora she had a passion for theatre. She appeared in countless plays, recieving a “Best Actress Award” for her portrayal of Helen Keller at the Aurora Player’s Theater. You may remember that Julie was an iconic face in Fantasy Island’s “Fun, Wow!” commercial. As children her and sister Kim spent hours creating their own Christmas special each year (complete with candles for Microphones). Julie joked that she never got to play Helen Readdy in any of them.
Her educational years were spent at Allegheny College where she received a degree in Communication and Political Science. She achieved her Master’s Degree at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Both degrees earned with high honors.
Being there for family was always a priority. She enjoyed babysitting for her sisters and helping out with the family dogs. Julie was an old soul who wasn’t impressed by materialism. Her food preferences weren’t extraordinary though she did make an amazing lasagna! She enjoyed reading and watching movies, participating in book and movie clubs. she loved working out to Jane Fonda and Jazzersize tapes on VHS.
Julie worked for the WNY Kidney Foundation until budget cuts found her volunteering her time instead. She spent the last 9 years working for the UB School of Pharmacy, writing grants, running educational programming and participaiting in the admissions process. At every step of the way in her career she loved the chance to learn as much as she could. She became a trusted resource, sharing that knowledge in many forums throughout the community. She donated her time to March of Dimes and Juvinile Diabetes Research Foundation as well. Her weekends were spent at a variety of fundraising events from walkathons to bake sales. Julie wouldn’t make a big deal out of her volunteerism because to her, it was second nature to give her time. May she always be remembered for her heart of gold and passion to serve her community.
Kopfer, Julie M. Suddenly October 14, 2019 of Amherst, NY. Beloved daughter of Judy (nee Klay) and late Frank Kopfer; devoted sister of Kimberly (Peter) Augustine, and Laura (Steve) Kahlfeldt; cherished aunt of Matthew, Katheryn, and Jack Augustine, Megan and Ellyn Kahlfeldt; loving niece of Jacqueline (late Royce) Bakos; also survived by many cousins and friends. Friends received on Thursday from 3 – 6 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. Where a Memorial Service will immediately follow at 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation of WNY or Hospice Buffalo. Please leave online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.