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“Ms. Riley was a wonderful teacher who I admire very much. She always had a positive attitude towards learning and never failed to make her students...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Phillip Amitan - Newton, MA

“Julie was a dear friend and my mentor teacher last year at Zervas. She loved her students and was truly the best teacher. I learned so much from her...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Nina Aronhalt - Newton, MA

“Ms. Riley was a patient, loving, kind, caring, smart, enthusiastic, funny and amazing teacher. She made learning comfortable because she could...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Mica Berman - Newton, MA

“I was fortunate to be a colleague of Julie's as well as a parent of a student in the 4th grade co-taught at Zervas. Julie was so dedicated to her...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Nicole Malagodi - Hyde Park, MA

“Mrs. Riley was a really patient and kind teacher. She always helped children and made learning fun. I was so lucky to have been in Mrs Riley's class...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Julia Brody - Newton, MA

“We were fortunate to meet Julie as she co-taught my daughter's fifth grade class at Zervas. She was truly dedicated to finding positive ways for...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Dion Rhodes - Newton, MA

“Pat, Carolyn, Lauren, please accept my condolences for your loss. While it has been many years since our paths have crossed, the words offered by...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Daniel Mackay - Wallingford, CT

“The three years I co-taught with Julie were such an amazing part of my teaching career. She was so incredibly dedicated to her students, and I truly...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Chris O'Rourke - Friend

“I'm so saddened to hear of Julie's passing. She was a kind and gentle person. Julie was a true gift to all of the students whose lives she touched....Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Christy Nguyen - Newton Highlands, MA

“Dear Riley family, Julie was dearly loved by all of her students and staff at Zervas School. To know her was to love her. She was an amazing...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Rachael Simkins-Makela - Maynard, MA

“Dear Mrs Riley,Lauren,andCarolyn, My heart breaks to hear this. I remember many childhood days spent with Julie. When I think of Julie, I think of...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Wendy Horne - friend

“Sad to hear of her passing. Julie was great during Maya's elementary years. Even when Maya wasn't in her class she always reached out to her. Big...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Serita Hernandez - Boston, MA

“Julie, I will always remember that fun loving blonde girl that I met in the sandbox, hung out with around the neighborhood, and went to school with. ...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Craig Miller - Holliston, MA

“Lauren , Carolyn & Mrs. Riley, I am so sad to hear of this news. I have some of my best memories with you three girls up in the old neighborhood as...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: A friend

“Lauren, Mrs. Riley and Carolyn,My deepest sympathy on the loss of Julie. I hope your memories bring you peace. Thinking of all of you and sending...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Mary Anne Canales - Warrington, PA

“Julie will be remembered fondly by me and all of my co-workers at Zervas Elementary School. Her dedication to her students and her friendly nature...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: ken mignone - newton, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to the entire Riley family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. My your loving Daughter, Sister, Aunt and friend rest...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Deneen, Jeff, & Leanne Dry - PA

“Carolyn, so sorry to hear of your sister's passing. Losing anyone you love is sad. My prayers are with you and your family. Love, Susan ”
18 of 35 | Posted by: Susan Williams - Arlington

“Dear Mrs. Riley, Caroline, Lauren, Jim, Jimmy, Sean, and Maddie.We have been praying for you all and will continue to pray that God will strengthen,...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Karen Sammler - PA - Friend

“Such sad news! Such a good soul! R I P ”
20 of 35 | Posted by: Kenny Durfee - Ashland, MA

“I worked with Julie in Westwood. She was a natural teacher that truly understood kids. She will be missed. I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
21 of 35 | Posted by: Maureen Scott - Boston - Coworker

“I worked with Julie in Westwood. She was a natural teacher that truly understood kids. She will be missed. ”
22 of 35 | Posted by: Maureen Scott - Boston - Coworker

“My sympathies and prayers go out to Lauren, Carolyn, Mrs. Riley and all your family. I have fond memories of Julie from when we were kids in...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Cathy Dillon Hazelton - Brookline, NH

“Julie and I share "R" last names so I had the good fortune to start the school day from 7th grade to 12th with Julie in Homeroom as we progressed...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Chris Roche - Brookline, MA

“I met Julie at Fidelity. To me she was known as Smiley Riley. We shared a lot of good times there along with some hair pulling moments. We both...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Michelle Creran O'Brien - MA

“My deepest sympathy to her family. I got to know Julie better during my/ our first Spring Break trip Senior year in high school to Bermuda. She had...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Allison Troiani - Westwood, MA

“My deepest sympathy to Julie's family. I got to know Julie better during our first Spring Break trip Senior year in high school to Bermuda. She had...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Allison Troiani - Westwood, MA

“My first thought when thinking of Julie is that she had such a good heart and was always a pleasure to be around. She introduced herself on Bay View...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Anthyony Montani - Milford, MA

“So sorry for losing such a beautiful person at such a young age. Will miss you not being with us on Mayview Beach. ”
29 of 35 | Posted by: Renata Fusco - Dennis, MA

“So sorry for your loss.... ”
30 of 35 | Posted by: David Attella - Worcester, MA

“I am so incredibly saddened to learn of Julie's death. Julie was among the kindest, smartest, most compassionate and talented teachers and friends I...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Zernicke - Natick, MA - Friend

“I feel so privileged to have known and worked with Julie. She was kind and funny and showed tremendous dedication to helping her students. I will...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Stephanie Asadoorian - Newton, MA

“I'm so sorry for your tremendous loss. Julie was such a sweet, kind and funny girl. I hope you all will be able to find some peace in this difficult...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Mary Tamburrini - Buzzards Bay, MA

“Julie was such a kind, funny person. I will miss her. Please know that she will be missed here at Thurston. ”
34 of 35 | Posted by: Marian Donovan - MA - Coworker

“Julie, May you finally be at peace. You were and are loved. May you be with your Dad and Jesus for eternity. God bless. Sincere condolences to Pat,...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Pete and Inta Laird - Dover, MA

RILEY, Julie Louise, of Westwood, died February 6th, 2017. Beloved daughter of Patricia A. (Buchanan) Riley of Westwood and the late Henry C. Riley. Loving sister of Carolyn Riley of Westwood and Lauren Riley Myrtetus and her husband Jim of Doylestown, PA. Devoted aunt of Jimmy, Sean and Madeline Myrtetus. Also survived by other loving relatives and dear friends. Julie was a graduate of Boston College. She also received her Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University. Julie worked as a teacher in the Newton Public schools and was passionate about helping children reach their best potential. Julie spent her summers on Bayview Beach in Dennis, MA and always enjoyed visiting Sarasota, Florida with her family. Those who knew her best appreciated Julie's quick wit. She was a smart, gentle, kind and thoughtful person whose beautiful spirit will be sorely missed. There will be no visiting hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Friday Feb. 10 at 11am in St. John's Episcopal Church, 95 Deerfield Ave., Westwood. Interment after the service at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St., Newton.