June Maloney always knew that while other things in life may change…it always starts and ends with family. She found the greatest joy in the closeness of her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She leaves a legacy of love and devotion. June's five year struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy came to an end peacefully on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in the presence and love of her family. She was 85.
On February 24, 1931 June Rose Johnson was born in Worcester a daughter of the late Vernon C. and Rose M. (Prunier) Johnson. Raised and educated in Shrewsbury she was a graduate of the former Maj. Howard W. Beal High School in 1948. June worked as a bookkeeper in her family's business, Johnson Bros. Glass Company in Worcester. She met a young man, Donald Maloney at a drum corps dance in Shrewsbury when she was fourteen years old, and they married years later on July 1, 1950 in Saint Anne's Church. Don's devotion and love to June in her sick years remained testimony to their wedding vows.
Together June and Don raised and educated ten children. Raising such a large family meant getting creative with time management. She was active in their lives from day-to-day activities, school projects, dance lessons and recitals, sports events, and a leader for cub scouts and girl scouts. While it's said to take a village to raise a family, June and Don did it on their own. She remained her children's biggest cheerleader and ardent defender.
June was notoriously apologizing and saying 'I'm sorry' when it wasn't even necessary. Tis' irony that June's death falls at this time of year, for many of her family members are at the height of tax season. Don dotingly senses a quiet ode of revenge during his 64th season at O'Connor, Maloney and Company, P.C.
Together they knew about sacrifices so that each child could be educated. They believed in a parochial education and her Catholic faith was a constant source of nourishment all her life. She was active in Saint Mary's Church, its Rosary group and was a founding member of the Daughters of Isabella where she served as a former President. June was active at Saint Mary's School where she volunteered many hours in the library and the lunch room. She was also a member of the Parent's Councils of St. John's and St. Peter-Marian.
Regardless of what June was involved with she did it tirelessly and out of love. As President of the Guild of Our Lady of Providence she was a member of the governing board of the former St. Vincent Hospital and volunteered over 10,000 hours, for which she was recognized. Outside of volunteering and family life she loved to bowl, play golf in her women's league at Worcester Country Club and was an active member in both the SHS Alumni Association and Shrewsbury Woman's Club. She was also a long-time season ticket-holder for Holy Cross Athletic events.
Her family extends their gratitude to the staffs at Shrewsbury Nursing Home, Southgate and JHC Hospice for the wonderful care provided to June.
In heaven June joins her parents, her daughter, Nancy A. Maloney-Thomas who died September 16, 2015 and her granddaughter, Sarah E. Maloney.
Celebrating her life and legacy of love is her husband of 65 years, Don Maloney Sr.; their children, Donald O. Maloney, Jr. and his wife, Mary of Holden, Marie R. Johnson and her husband, Peter of Harvard, Robert V. Maloney and his wife, Joyce of Sterling, Michael J. Maloney and his wife, Judith of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Susan D. Maloney of Shrewsbury, Joan E. Maloney-Kelleher and her husband, Daniel of Jefferson, Carol J. Maloney Nelson and her husband, David of Ashfield, Patricia E. Maloney Nelson and her husband, William of Paxton and John P. Maloney of Acton; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Vernon C. Johnson and Carol R. Bryant and her husband, George, all of Shrewsbury; also survived by many nieces & nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember June's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Friday, April 8th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.
Memorials in her name may be made to Saint Mary's Church, Organ Restoration Fund, 18 Summer Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or to your own Church, Temple, or charity of your choice.