Julia Mae (Towle) Gostowski

October 25, 1929 ~ May 19, 2021 (age 91)



Julia Mae (Towle) Gostowski, 91, of Benton, IL passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, IN. On October 25, 1929, she was born to Chalon and Carrie (Booten) Towle in Hamilton County, IL. She was the youngest of four children. Julia graduated from Benton High School in 1948 and married WWII Naval Veteran Teddie “Ted” Frank Gostowski who preceded her in death on February 11, 2005. They ran several successful retail businesses in the Benton/Carbondale area. Following Ted’s passing, Julia took over Ted’s Motor Sales in Benton with nephews Charles Adrian Walker and Marvin Walker, selling preowned vehicles. Julia enjoyed watching the birds in her backyard sanctuary, watching old westerns, and spending time with family. Her home was always open for fun family gatherings, sharing lots of laughs and great food. She attended the First Baptist Church of Benton.

Julia is survived by her:

Son: Rudy & wife Christine (McIntyre) Gostowski of Chicago, IL

Grandchildren: Rachel (Gostowski) & Husband Jim Valosik of Nashville, TN, and Jason & wife Kate (Lasley) Gostowski of Nashville, TN

Nieces and Nephews: Charles Adrian & wife Linda (Adams) Walker of Benton, Marvin Walker & Glenna Sutton of McLeansboro, Brenda (Walker) & husband Michael Spence of Benton, Carrol & wife Linda Kay (Cook) Walker of Benton, Gennie (Walker) & husband Art Rice of Benton, Kathy (Towle) Meier of Davenport, IA, David & wife Karla (Koch) Towle of Cedar Falls, IA, Marsha (Towle) & husband Jerry Ludden of Davenport, IA, Marsha (Gostowski) Hiatt of Peoria, Mark Gostowski of Dallas, TX, Marvin & wife Vicki Gostowski of Lincoln, IL, Daryl Gostowski of Benton, Stephen Gostowski & wife Judy of Glenshaw, PA, Deborah (Gostowski) & husband Michael Biggers of Springfield, IL, and Diane (Gostowski) & husband Craig Thorpe of Glenarm, IL


Cousins: Barbara Ann (Booten) Winnett of Chesterfield, MO, Alex Towle Junior of McLeansboro and the Dean family of McLeansboro


Sister-in-Laws: Virginia Gostowski of Benton and Pat (Rice) Towle of Benton

Julia was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings: Annis (Towle) & husband Ellis Bliss, Charles Chalon Towle, Virginia (Towle) & husband Adrian Walker, niece Martha (Gostowski) Troxell, and cousins Jeanette (Booten) Trotter and Donnie Booten.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 29th at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Jim Jenkel officiating. Burial will follow at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on the same day at the funeral home.


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May 29, 2021

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
May 29, 2021

2:00 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812


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