NORTH WALPOLE, N.H. – On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Julia Carolyn Prybylo went, as she was so fond of saying, “To see what’s on the other side of the mountain.” Julie was born in North Walpole, N.H., on Oct. 8, 1924, the daughter of Frank and Carolyn (Pikul) Prybylo. She was predeceased by her parents and seven brothers: Tom, Joe, Steve, John, Charlie, Carroll and Frank Prybylo (who died in infancy), and two sisters, Nellie (Borowski) and Zosia (Edson). She is survived by a multitude of nieces and nephews spanning several generations, among them Diane Greer of Fitzwilliam, N.H.; Dorine Ryner of Windham, Me.; and Mark Edson of Acworth, N.H.
Julie was a lover virtually all sports, although she had trouble following the puck in hockey. She especially loved watching the Patriots and Red Sox on TV, but she was also an athlete of some note in her own right. She routinely led ladies’ bowling leagues in scoring average. She was also an avid golfer and won several trophies for women’s championships at both Hooper and Rockingham Country Clubs in the 1960s. She didn’t hit ’em far, but they were always straight down the middle. And her talents didn’t stop at sports; musically she had a lovely voice with a particular talent for harmony. She was also an amazing harmonica player – which she’d gladly play at the slightest encouragement. She and her brother John were always ready to entertain the family at our too-infrequent reunions. Julie also had an excellently developed sense of humor, sometimes sly, often direct. You always had to be careful around her.
She was known by many names: Julia, Julie, Jewels, even Smitty, for those who had trouble pronouncing Prybylo. Those of us closest to her, though, knew her simply as Ciocha or Cioch, which is Polish for Aunt. “Aunt” barely describes her role in her family’s lives, though. She was a second mother, a surrogate grandmother, a friend, a confidant, protector, chauffeur and banker. Although she never had children of her own, she loved her entire family unconditionally, unequivocally, unreservedly, and that love was returned measure-for-measure. Those of us who knew her best will miss our Ciocha to the end of our days.
There are no calling hours at present. The family will hold a memorial service and party celebrating Julie’s life in the spring, at a time to be announced. Donations to Maplewood Nursing Home would be much appreciated by all so that they can continue their wonderful work.