June Marwede Wendnagel
June Marwede Wendnagel
  • June 28, 1915 - June 26, 2016
  • Glenview, Illinois

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6/26/2016 June Marwede Wendnagel

Born Olieva June Marwede on June 28, 1915 in St. Paul, MN, she and her 8 siblings were raised by Charles Henry and Emma Louisa Augusta Kiecker Marwede in Fairfax, MN. She attributes her long life in part to all the organic vegetables from her mother's garden, and also to just loving life. Adventurous and bold, she graduated with an RN from the University of Minnesota in 1936, and immediately was hired as one of the first stewardesses in the fledgling airline industry. When Delta put her behind a desk in the Palmer House, she marched across the hall to American Airlines and asked if they would let her fly, which they did. Her flight career was halted when she married Frederick Wendnagel, now deceased, and began to raise a family. She is survived by her four daughters: Mary W. Johnson, Barbara (Philip) Ewing, Linda (Bernard) Bell, and Susan W. Morris, as well as 12 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. She lived in Wilmette for many years and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. She led by example and was the definition of kindness and generosity. The last few years of her life she lived at Vi in the Glen, where she walked daily ("So good for the legs.") and treated fellow residents to her signature songs: "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and the Minnesota Fight Song.