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June R Richardson

A Funeral Service for June Richardson, age 91, of Windom, was held at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 23rd, at the American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating. Burial will follow at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.

June Rose Richardson was born on the family farm 3 miles west of Windom to Orvin and Erna Christensen on June 22, 1931. She was the middle child of nine and enjoyed her family roots and time on the farm. She attended String Lakes country school 1-8th grade and Windom High School, proud to graduate in the class of 1949.

She started working while in high school and her first job was at the National Tea Store. She later worked at Schwalbach Hardware, Fingerhut, Toro, cook at Sogge Home and Cozy Cafe/Mom’s Kitchen. Her most treasured time was as a homemaker.

June married Bill Refsland. The marriage was later dissolved.

June felt very blessed to have raised 4 daughters (Diane, Karen, Gayle, Wanda) living on farms in Springfield Township until 1967 and moved to Windom as a single mom.

On October 13, 1984, she married Chet Richardson and that brought more family, his 3 children Ken, Donnie, and Kathy. They did some traveling and lived in Alexandria MN for 4-1/2 years.

June did lots of sewing for the girls from school dresses on up to prom and wedding. Having 3 weddings and 2 graduations in 13 months kept her quite busy. She was a devoted mother always willing to help others and truly enjoyed the grandchildren. Her girls could always depend on her for a sitter, but she said she was “sharing their life” not babysitting. June enjoyed baking and making lefse. She also crocheted, knitted, stitched, wrote poetry, and collected things; Peanut characters, especially Snoopy!

June was a member of the American Lutheran Church, taking part in the sewing days and making lefse for the Holiday Fair. In the past she had been a member of Rebekah Lodge #140, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Grey Ladies, and Red Hatters.

On Monday, December 19, 2022, June passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, at the age of 92 years.

June is survived by Diane (Dennis) Daniels of Hutchinson MN, Karen J. Kremmin of Mt. Lake MN, Gayle (Clark) Kipfer of Milford IA, Wanda (Bob) Lange of Glenwood MN, Ken Richardson of Maplewood MN, Kathy Forbrook of Backus MN; grandchildren Nichole, Lyschel, Wade, William II, Tiffany, Jenn, Brannon, Tina, Angela; 25 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; siblings Joyce Wilkin of Mt. Lake MN, Arthur Christensen of Windom MN, and Doris Anschutz of Windom MN; brother-in-law Ben Ervin of Olivia MN and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by Chester Richardson, Chad Daniels, Donnie Richardson, William (Bill) Kremmin, Jim Forbrook, Mona Richardson; siblings Leroy Christensen, Lorraine Hunter, Mildred Crowell, Elizabeth Kerchner, and Mary Utech.

In spite of hard times, June had a wonderful life!! Cherish the memories you have of June R. Richardson.

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