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June M. Owens
June M. Owens, 95, of Marinette, died Friday, April 25 at Bay Area Medical Center.
Born June 7, 1918 in Detroit, Mi., she graduated from Stephenson High School and then attended Milwaukee Technical School, majoring in business. She married Maynard Owens and they had three children. She worked for seven years at the Marinette Recreation Department as jack of all trades and was appointed Program Coordinator in 1973. She started many successful programs which included after school grade centers, adult craft classes, senior citizen classes, social service classes and a year round tot lot program.
She was in charge of all summer playgrounds, events of penny carnivals, picnic play days, dog shows, family nights and coordinated a hobby show every year that was open to the public. She was also responsible for all trips, tours and special events, including hiring and supervising of personnel for the programs. She was appointed Acting Director of the Marinette Recreation Department by then Mayor Edward Parsek.
A member of First United Methodist Church of Marinette and its educational board, she was also a member of the United Methodist Woman's Club and a Sunday School teacher for 22 years. She was active in Parent-Teacher Association, a member of the former ARC as membership committee chairman and was also a member of the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association. She enjoyed ceramics, bike riding, hiking and tennis and her favorite pastime was to spend weekends at the family cabin in the summer.
She is survived by two children, John (Diane) Owens, of Winneconne; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
Her daughter, Joanne Owens preceded her in death.
Friends may call at First United Methodist Church in Marinette from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2. Rev. Kevin Dembinski will officiate with burial in Forest Home Cemetery. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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