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June Taormina
June Taormina


June Taormina

Aug 03, 1925 - Apr 28, 2017

Myrtle June Taormina “June,” 91, Great Falls, passed into eternal life on April 28, 2017.

The funeral Liturgy will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel, burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

June was born on August 3, 1925 in Tulare, California. She was the seventh of eight children born to Winfield Arthur Smith and Nellie Ellen Smith. June lived in Hayward, CA until the beginning of WWII when her family moved to Clearlake Highlands, CA. She completed her education there and met Bernardo Taormina during the last years of the war. They married in St. Louis, MO on April 28, 1946.

Ben and June had three children while living in Southern California. They vacationed in Montana on a regular basis and June fell in love with the mountains here. She got her wish to move to the area when Ben’s career with the ICBM missile installation program brought them to Great Falls in 1964. June was always a stay at home mom, but was never idle. She soon developed an interest in spinning and weaving, and was a member of the Great Falls Spinners and Weavers Guild and Cascade County Extension for many years. She won blue ribbons for the woven works of art she entered in the State Fair each year.

After Ben’s retirement in 1984, they bought and refurbished the original 1880’s Marco homestead home on Marco Bay, Flathead Lake just north of Lakeside, MT. The hand-hewn log home was their pride and joy. June had an entire loft for her looms overlooking Flathead Lake where she continued her weaving creations with the local weavers. She enjoyed camping, hiking and overnight backpack trips to many of the beautiful locations in Glacier Park. The apple orchard on their Marco Bay property provided an abundance of apples that were taken to the “apple squeeze” each year. These trips became a gathering for her family reunions and provided her with much joy, in addition to the many gallons of fresh squeezed apple juice. June returned to Great Falls in 2011 to be near family after Ben’s death.

June was a devout Christian, a patient wife and mother, providing love and understanding to many. She was not just a mom to her children, but to all of their friends as well. They all knew they were welcome at any time of the day or night and could always stay for a family meal; they were family.

June’s family extends their appreciation to Bill Rupnow, Deanne Foley and Patty Dalke who helped care for her in her final years.

June was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; and husband of 65 years.

June is survived by her daughters, Margaret Sutherland of Aloha, OR and Theresa (Bill) Rupnow of Great Falls; her son, Steve (Karen) Taormina of Choteau; a special niece, Carol (Doug) Combes of Osborn, ID; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, a donation can be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Public Guest Book

May 3rd
Ruthie Tuell Rogers
I loved June very much, as well as Ben and their children. She was one of the kindest women I ever knew and she always made me feel so welcome and loved when I was fortunate to get to visit them. My memories are so fond of the time we spent together. Love and prayers to Margie, Terri and Steve and their families. What a wonderful mom you had !! She will be missed by many !!
May 6th
Doug and Laura Ely
I love you so much Auntie June, you are going to be missed so much, but knowing what I know about heaven, I can't blame you for wanting to go. We'll be there soon and we'll have a huge family reunion!
And to my sweet cousins...I'm praying for Gods tender love to be wrapped around you and give you that peace that passes all understanding. Please know that your mom meant the world to us, she was a favorite of all of us. Even my kids have such wonderful memories of how sweet and wonderful she was.
Love you all so much! Laura.


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