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June Broeckel

Nov. 6, 1935 - Feb. 8, 2019

June Ilene (Sather) Broeckel

June Ilene (Sather) Broeckel

June Ilene (Sather) Broeckel passed away peacefully on Feb. 8th, at Hearthside Manor in University Place, Wash., after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was 83 years old.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Al; her daughters, Janet (Vince) and Jo Ann (Brian); her son, John (Camille) and grandchildren, Landry, Brady, Lauren and Aiden; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-law, and friends in the U.S. and Norway. She will be greatly missed.

June was born to John and Ida Sather on Nov. 6, 1935, in LaCrosse Wash., in her grandparent's farmhouse. She met Al while attending elementary school and they both graduated from LaCrosse HS in 1953. June attended Pacific Lutheran college form 1953-1957 and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education. In Dec., 1956, of her senior year of college, Al and June were married at Selbu Lutheran Church in LaCrosse.

She started by teaching 3rd grade in the DuPont-Ft. Lewis school district and also taught at the PLC and UW in their Departments of Education. The majority of her career, however, was spent in the Clover Park school district teaching Kindergarten at Tyee Park and Southgate Elementary Schools after she earned her Master's degree in Education from PLC.

She taught part time for many years while she and Al were raising their young children then returned to work full time in 1977 for over 20 years, before retiring. She immediately returned to teach in the retire-rehire program, supervised student teachers through City University, and worked as a substitute teacher prior to actually retiring in 2005, just before her first grandchild was born.

June's burial will be held at the Dusty Cemetery at 1 pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019, followed by a memorial service at 2 pm at Selbu Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association.


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