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Julia Bledsoe Riley

August 27, 1953 June 25, 2020
Julia Bledsoe Riley
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Obituary for Julia Bledsoe Riley

MADISON - Julia Bledsoe Riley, age 66, of Madison, took her own life on Thursday, June 25, 2020. She had been suffering from chronic illnesses for many years, with escalating pain. She was born on Aug. 27, 1953, in Compton, Calif., the daughter of Lloyd Bledsoe and Marjorie (Trebil) Bledsoe. Julia was beloved by a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues who will miss her dearly.

Julia graduated from Cornell University and served the public for many years at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she helped communities across Wisconsin protect the quality of their water. Julia was a devoted Girl Scout Leader, Qigong Master, and intrepid world traveler. Julia was deeply spiritual and had a strong affinity for nature and the outdoors. She especially enjoyed spending time in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

Julia is survived by her daughter, Hannah Riley (Aneidys) Reyes; grandson, Aramis Reyes; brother-in-law Vince Dutcher; nephew Cole Dutcher; and former husband, David Riley (Colette Sisco). She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Bledsoe; mother, Marjorie Bledsoe; brother, Stanley Bledsoe; sister, Linda Dutcher; and beloved dog Lettie.

An online memorial will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 1 p.m. CDT via a Zoom link. If you are still having technical difficulties after reviewing instructions, you may contact Gunderson Funeral and Cremation Care at (608) 221-5420 to be referred for technical assistance.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please consider making a donation in Julia’s memory to the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton, Wis., or an organization of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420

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