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Oct 16, 1924 - Apr 20, 2020


October 16, 1924 - April 20, 2020


June A. Jamrich of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of Marquette, passed away peacefully after a short illness on April 20, 2020. She was born October 16, 1924 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Anna and John Hrupka. Her parents were hardworking immigrants from Slovakia, who lent patriotic efforts through two world wars and the Great Depression.

June grew up in the heart of the Wisconsin Slovak community, with a childhood that included Slovak Language Sunday school, participating in the Sokol athletic group, and local divadlo (theatre) productions.

In 1944, June married a handsome Air Force captain, John X. Jamrich. The marriage required a special dispensation from Russell Sage College, which she was attending, but at the time enrolled only unmarried women. As a war-time bride, the dispensation was granted, and the wedding took place at the Lutheran church in Kenosha. Friends and family pooled their ration cards to procure enough butter, flour, and eggs to create a three-tiered wedding cake for the newlyweds.

June graduated college in 1946 with a degree in merchandising and an exciting internship in New York City working at B. Altman. There she developed a style and grace that remained her trademark throughout her life.

She raised a loving family that eventually settled in Marquette, Michigan when her husband became President of Northern Michigan University. As "first lady," June graciously entertained faculty, staff, alumni, sports teams, movie stars, governors, presidents, and ambassadors. Her warm and caring personality provided support for individual students who appeared on her doorstep in need of a sympathetic ear and a cup of hot chocolate.

She made friends from all walks of life and enjoyed scrapbooking, golf, cross-stitching, fishing, and hiking in Michigan's magnificent Upper Peninsula. June taught Kindergarten in East Lansing, figure skating in Marquette, and lead singalongs accompanied by her husband at nursing homes throughout Florida. Although June and John retired to Florida, her most fond memories have always been for the gracious community members of Marquette and the faculty, staff, alumni, and students of Northern Michigan University.

June will be missed by her husband John X. Jamrich, by her sister Elaine Williams, by her daughters June Parsons, Marna House, and Barbara Johnson, by her grandchildren Tensi Parsons, Heather Neumann, John Bertagnoli, and Milan House, by her great grandchild John Christopher, and by other loving friends and relations scattered across the United States.

Graveside services will take place at the Park Cemetery on Sunday, August 9th at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Andrew Plocher of Messiah Lutheran Church officiating. The service will be livestreamed at https://my.gather.app/remember/june-jamrich


Graveside Service
Sun, Aug 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Park Cemetery

301 N. Seventh Street
Marquette, MI 49855

Upon entering the cemetery, please follow the signage directing you to the grave site. June's graveside service will be livestreamed at my.gather.app/remember/june-jamrich

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