Julia Sapkus was born May 21, 1926 in Heidelberg, Germany to Olga and Ernst Kiefer. She had two brothers, Erik and Enz. She was athletic and loved to ski cross-country and slalom in her yout. But most of all, she had a passion for the arts, especially drawing and painting.

She shared her love of the arts with her husband, Jurgis. They met in art school in Germany. After they were married in 1949, they moved to Chicago and later settled in Manhattan Beach. Julia loved living and painting in Manhattan Beach. Her landscapes and seascape celebrate the beauty found in nature, its many changing moods, and the powerful sea and coastline. Children joyfully frolicking by the seashore were one of her favorite subjects. She was also inspired by her travels with Jurgis. Some of her favorite destinations include the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, and Mexico. Her artwork has been accepted in juried competitions, and is in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Julia cherished life in Manhattan Beach. She enjoyed looking out her bay view window and hearing the children outside play, the birds in the trees sing, and the distant sound of the ocean waves. She was positive, kind, and loving towards everyone she met, never expecting anything in return.

She passed away on September 25, at Little Company of Mary hospital. She is survived by her daughter Sylvia; son, Marius; grandson, Jeremy; great grandson, Dexton; three nieces, Birute, Marija, Danute; grandnephew Maximilian; grandniece Sofia Elena and second cousin, Dieter.

Julia will be deeply missed by family and friends. She chose to be cremated by the Neptune Society. Her ashes will be sprinkled into the sea she loved so much.
Published by The Beach Reporter on Nov. 12, 2021.
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