June Violet Muckle (nee Matthes)

Born: March 22, 1918

Died: May 16, 2008

Last Address: 4540 Bee Ridge Road; Sarasota, FL

JUNE VIOLET MUCKLE loved her family deeply and was the proud mother of Gary James Muckle (Mary Lynne Hertel) and Ellen June (John Vincent) Cavanaugh. After 43 years in Mount Prospect, June moved to Florida in 2002 to be closer to her daughter’s family, which included her three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

June was born on March 22, 1918, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to parents Bertha H. Matthes (nee Dietrich) and Edward Edwin Matthes. She graduated from Milwaukee’s Washington High School and, on September 2, 1938, married Rev. James B. Muckle in Milwaukee at the Washington Park Presbyterian Church.

In 1959, the Muckles moved to Mount Prospect and June taught high school English at Maine West in Des Plaines for 19 years. In 1961, at the age of 43, June graduated from Lake Forest College, where she was a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. She then went on to complete her Masters degree at Northwestern University, earning over 90 hours. Her love of learning continued even after she graduated; June counted reading among her many hobbies.

In addition to her academic accomplishments, June enjoyed traveling, swimming, knitting, rosemaling (a form of Norwegian decorative flower painting), and gardening. Her daughter wrote that “June loved her garden” as well as her time at the Mount Prospect Historical Society. June was a member of the Mount Prospect Presbyterian Church and Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society of women educators.

When she passed away on May 16, 2008, June was 90 years old.

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