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Julia Catherine Niswender
Birth: Jan. 25, 1989
Monroe County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 2012
Washtenaw County
Michigan, USA

December 11, 2012, Julia Catherine Niswender was called to become one of God's angels. Born January 25, 1989 in Monroe, Julia was a caring, compassionate, spirited, boisterous, fun-loving, spontaneous, outgoing, and opinionated person who made an impact on everyone she encountered. Her smile brightened every face she saw and every room she entered. As many people know, Julia was a twin. Her sister and best friend, Jennifer, shared an extremely close and special bond. They loved having one another to share experiences and stories with; they were inseparable. Julia graduated from Monroe High School in 2008 and Monroe County Community College in 2011. She was currently a Junior attending Eastern Michigan University double majoring in Communications and Electronic Media and Film. She was an employee of Meijer in Monroe for 8 years, Electrik Beach for over a year, and Wal-Mart of Saline for 1 year. This attests to her outstanding work ethic. She was preceded in death by her beloved Uncle Jeff Niswender. She is survived by her parents James and Kimberly Turnquist of Monroe; twin sister Jennifer Niswender; younger sister Madison Turnquist both of Monroe; Grandparents Rose Niswender of Monroe, and Jim and Linda Niswender of Dunedin, Florida; Aunt Carrie Niswender and Uncle Marcus Niswender of Monroe; also an innumerable amount of extended family and friends. She had a way to make everyone around her feel special and appreciated. She loved her family and friends and lived her entire life for them. Her selfless nature was evident in her actions. Julia always planned everything and was ready way before anyone else ever was. Planning was her passion in her job and academics. There was no doubt she would have achieved her goals and aspirations in her career and life. A memorial fund has been established through Monroe Bank and Trust to help the family in their time of need. A Candlelight Vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Munson Park. Visitation will be held at Rupp Funeral Home on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Julia will lie instate at 10 a.m. Monday at Redeemer Fellowship Church where services will be at 11 a.m. The church pastor, Rev. John Piippo will officiate. Burial will follow at Erie Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent through


A Monroe woman studying at Eastern Michigan University was killed Tuesday night in an apparent homicide, according to the university's Web site.

The victim, Julia Niswender, 23, was found in an off-campus apartment in the 1000 block of Huron River Drive at about 9:30 p.m., the university said in an online statement.

It's unclear how the woman died, but Ypsilanti police have said the death is being investigated as a homicide.

On her Facebook profile, Ms. Niswender described herself as a communications student studying electronic media and film.

She graduated from Monroe High School in 2008


******Monreo News Dec 14, 2012************

They were born three minutes apart, with Jennifer coming first and Julia arriving next.

#As they grew up as best friends, Jennifer always let her sister know that even though they were twins, she was still the older sister.

#"I used to tease her all the time," Jennifer, 23, said. "We had a tight bond. We loved each other very much."

#Now Jennifer and the rest of the family must prepare for Julia's funeral. Her death is shrouded in mystery after her body was found in her apartment across from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, where she was a junior, and police in Ypsilanti are releasing few details.

#An autopsy was performed by the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner‘s Office, but the cause of death still is considered pending.

#According to a press release issued by police Thursday, there were "no outward signs of trauma to the body, however there are indicators of possible foul play." They did not elaborate.

#Police are not taking questions from the media and not releasing anything regarding motive or suspect. They call Julia's death "suspicious" and say they are continuing to investigate the case as a homicide until proven otherwise.

#For Jennifer, not knowing what happened to her best friend is difficult at best. She graduated from EMU with a degree in journalism and said she has few answers at this point.

#"I don't know anything," she said. "I want to know why. That's really the hard part. You want to know everything."

#Police said toxicology analysis will be completed within two or three weeks. Detectives are said following leads and conducting interviews after Julia's body was found inside her apartment about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Peninsular Apartments on Huron River Dr.

#In its press release, the police asked the Ypsilanti community to "stay alert and vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police department."

#In their younger years, the girls attended elementary school in the Jefferson Schools district, then moved into Monroe, where they graduated from Monroe High School in 2008 and then Monroe County Community College. At EMU, Julia was double-majoring in communications and electronic media and film.

#Jennifer said losing her twin sister is a loss few can comprehend.

#"We had a special bond that nobody would understand," she said. "It's different than any other sibling relationship."

#Jennifer said she knew something was wrong when she didn't hear from Julia earlier this week. Police conducted a check of the apartment and found her body. Since then, the family has been trying to understand what happened and why.

#Jennifer said she and others in the family have received hundreds of notes from across the country through social media, texts and Facebook posts.

#"The support has been amazing," she said. "I can't thank everyone enough."

#In her Twitter account, Julia gave no indications that she was having any issues with anyone. She tweeted about her recent trip to New York and how much fun she had visiting with Anderson Cooper. She also posted typical college student pictures with happy friends and family members.

#But on Nov. 26 she posted a simple tweet without explanation that stated "trust no one." Her last tweet was Dec. 7 and stated "this raining day will not ruin my mood."
Erie Union Cemetery
Monroe County
Michigan, USA
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Record added: Dec 12, 2012
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