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June Evelyn Blomberg

September 8, 1922 January 8, 2020
June Evelyn Blomberg
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Obituary for June Evelyn Blomberg

In her 97 years on this Earth, June Evelyn (nee Hanson) Blomberg was many things…curious, empathetic, quick to joy, and well-loved as the influential matriarch of her family. She died peacefully on January 8, 2020 at Copperleaf Memory Care.

Born September 8, 1922 to Martha and Ivan Hanson, June met her one-and-only, Adolph (Audie) Gustav Blomberg, at a Swedish Lodge dance. Audie pursued June; June led Audie on a merry chase; and love won. They married in 1944 when Audie got a brief leave from the Army, and stayed madly devoted up to and beyond Audie’s death in 1991.

There were many paths June explored – she worked in a Dentist’s office; she headed the Christian Education Department at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Mt. Prospect, Il; she gardened and bird watched; she volunteered; and she was active in the lives of her grand and great-grandchildren. Among all her jobs, she always claimed her best and most important avocation was that of Mother.

Her life philosophies were many and freely shared. Obstacles are just challenges. If you don’t know – look it up. If it hurts, move on. Both humble and proud, June knew her worth in the universe and she knew yours, too.

June was beloved by all that knew her. She had a way of looking at you, taking you by the hand and making real eye contact, listening, and you knew you were the most fascinating person she’d ever met. And in that moment, you were. She loved people. She loved trying to discern what made them tick.

Her Swedish heritage was a fundamental part of June. She studied and created beautiful Rosemåling. She made rosette cookies, Swedish meatballs, cardamom coffeecake, and the finest Swedish pancakes and rice pudding ever eaten. She taught us all, family and visitors, to sing the Swedish birthday song – certainly we’ve gotten the lyrics wrong, but the spirit of our heritage lives on.

June is survived by one daughter Chris (Frank) Clarke-Epstein and one son Ken (Lynda) Blomberg, her 4 grandchildren: Paul (Deb) Clarke, Miriam (Steve) Tessmer, Erik (Sabrina) Blomberg, and Karl (Meghan) Blomberg. It was her great-grandchildren in a gloriously blended family, who in her later years became her favorites: Quinn and Josie Clarke; Elroy Phillips; Jake and Eli Grant; Carson Blomberg, and Peyton, Wyatt, and Rykar Blomberg.

Despite a love of flower gardens, cut flowers were not June’s favorite. And so, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests a walk in the spring to listen to the returning birds and/or a donation in her name to the Woodson Art Museum (700 N. 12th Street, Wausau, WI 54403), a place June loved, filled with beauty, kindred volunteers and caring staff. A private family service is planned.

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