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June Richie

November 15, 2014

June Richie

June Richie, 84, of S. Meadow St., Watertown passed away Saturday morning, November 15, 2014, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Calling Hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Wednesday, November 19, from 4 - 7PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church on Thursday, November 20, at 10AM with Rev. Donald Robinson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the family's convenience at Glenwood Cemetery.

June was born in Watertown on February 26, 1930, the daughter of William Wesley and Mina White Quackenbush. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1947 and had attended JCC. On November 24, 1951 she married B. Michael Richie at Holy Family Church with Rev. Roger Martin presiding. Mr. Richie, an account executive with the Watertown Daily Times for 34 years, died June 6, 2000.

She worked for Watertown National, Watertown Savings, and Marine Midland Banks in the ledger and bookkeeping departments and for Prudential and Gaffney Real Estate Companies. June was a bookkeeper and office worker for Doug-Long Inc. and while working for them, she also, with her husband Michael, owned the Gunn's Corners Motel for ten years. She was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church. Her greatest enjoyment was her family, along with laughter, music, theater, and athletics, and she was a member of the Ridgeway Clan.

June is survived by her three daughters, Michelle R. "Mitzie" Sullivan, Clayton, and Nanette M. Belcher and Karen A. Vest Burdick and companion, Richard W. Hanus, all of Dexter; six grandchildren, William M. "Billy" Vest, Kellie L. and Michael J. Belcher, Christina LaJoie-Uscio and husband, Stanley, Tessa R. Sullivan, and Ian J. Beckstead and seven great grandchildren; sister, Vivian M. Holman, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her husband, Mike, she was predeceased by her two sons-in-law, Gary W. Belcher, August 21, 2014 and William A. Vest, March 18, 1985.

Donations in her name may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org. To give an online condolence, go to www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#18 Sandra Cheney 2014-12-04 16:30
Nan and family:
I'm so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. She will always be remembered as a very good friend when I really needed one when we worked together at National. You were blessed to have her for a mother as long as you did.
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#17 Cathy Harding Coty 2014-11-30 18:46
Mitzie, Nan, Karen and Family.....I was shocked to learn of your Mom's passing only yesterday when I was in Watertown for Thanksgiving. How she will be missed by all who knew her ! I remember spending time at your house and she was always there greeting me with that huge smile of hers, that twinkle in her eye, and sometimes even a song ! She was one of those people who made me feel happy just to be around her. My prayers go out to all of you at this sad time.
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#16 Michael C. Krickmire 2014-11-19 14:07
To Junie from one she inspired......S he was truly the "First Lady" of Watertown Theatre. As a kid I had the pleasure of watching her in many Kiwanis shows, and as a teenager, working with her in those shows. In her prime, no one in Watertown could deliver a laugh line or comic scene like she could.!! She is among those who inspired and supported me at a young age and I will forever be grateful to her! RIP June, I know you are making them laugh in Heaven right now.
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#15 Sally Bogenschutz 2014-11-18 23:27
Dear Mitzie & Tessa - I was so sorry to read of your mom. I remember her during her real estate days. She always had a beautiful smile on her face. I'm sure you have so many fond memories to hold you for a lifetime.
My prayers are with you and your family.
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#14 Terry Baker 2014-11-18 11:40
The sparkle in June's eyes and the joy in her laugh will stay in my heart forever. So sorry about your loss.
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#13 Cindy Alton 2014-11-18 08:08
I am so sorry. Please know you are in my thoughts.
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#12 STEVEN STROUSE 2014-11-17 21:19
Mitzie sorry for your loss, she will always remain in your heart and thoughts, my condolences to you and your family.
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#11 Annette Valentine 2014-11-17 20:16
My Dear Nan, My heart goes out to you and all
June's family at this sad time. I have great memories
of your Mom, she was warm-hearted, with a sense of
humor and often a chuckle to share. She was also
a smart business woman, she sold us our very first
home. I am hoping to see you on Wed., Unless the
blizzard gets in my way. God speed Miss June, you
are loved and will be in hearts forever.
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#10 Dawn Kellogg 2014-11-17 18:59
Nan, So sorry for your loss. You have had more than or share to endure. You are in my prayers.
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#9 Dick Steele 2014-11-17 16:35
When I was a student at General Brown high School I had The opportunity to participate with June in a production at Watertown High School and I have never forgotten her warmth and Humor. She was a wonderful person...
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