June “Junebug” Wallner, 97

June “Junebug” Wallner, age 97, of Stevens Point, passed away Thursday morning March 16, 2023 at Wellington Place, surrounded by her loving family.

June was born February 19, 1926, in Biron, Wis., the daughter of Michael and Sarah (née Callows) Jinsky. She was raised on the family farm in Biron with her seven siblings. Early life stories include surviving the Great 1935 Wisconsin Rapids flood, and working as a bomb detonator fabricator during WWII; Biron’s own “Rosie the Riveter.”

After the war, June married the love of her life, Norman, in 1948, then built their family home in Whiting in 1954.

June’s family was her biggest passion, dedicating her life to her husband and her seven children, then with the spoiling of her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. The grandkids especially remember how sleepovers included being wrapped in fluffy blankets, spoiled with the best treats, and no rules.

When Norman retired, June decided to go to work part time, working as a demonstration lady at Copps Foods in Stevens Point. Her compassion and loving nature shined with extra-large sample portions and kind words for those who were lucky enough to experience her loving hospitality.

Other than being a very talented artist and seeker of the holy grail of all rummage sales, she spent her other time decorating wedding cakes, competing in gingerbread contests, and attending her kids and grandkids gigs, games and performances. She loved hosting Packer parties, Christmas, Easter, picnics, etc. The more family and friends the better. Any day spent surrounded by family was the most perfect day, and everyone was treated like family.

June is remembered so fondly by her seven children; Judy (Lee) Wilhelm, John (Denise), Tina (Tom) Carlson, Michael (Karen), Joe (Alice), Jim (Sarah), Pat (Heidi); 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She is welcomed home by Norman, the love of her life; her parents; seven siblings; Lawrence, Kenneth, Arvin, Dorothy, Irene, William, and Michael Jr.; an infant daughter, Mary; and her daughter-in-law, Deb.

We give a heartfelt “thank you” to the loving and compassionate staff of Wellington Place at Whiting and Compassus Hospice. These folks have gone above and beyond to treat Mom and Dad with love and respect.

Per the magnet June had on her fridge, “Life is short, eat dessert first.”

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.