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A Great Granddaughter is Named "June" in Honor of her Grandmother

The Proud Parents of Little June

(The Proud Parents, “little June and Grandma June’s gift Bible)

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On August 1st 2012, the 10th great grandchild of June K. Berg was born as a daughter of June’s grandson Erik. Grandma June has a total of 20 grand children of which ten are great grandchildren. This great grand child was named “June Marie Petersen”. The first name “June” was to honor her Great Grand Mother June K. Berg. The middle name “Marie” will honor another great Grandmother on the mother Melanie’s side of the family.

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GodParents 

 (Godmother Emily Petersen on left and Godfather Garrette Stone on Right)

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The baptism of little “June” was held at the St. Clement Catholic Church in NE, Minneapolis on 7 October 2012. This 99 year old church has many beautiful large stained glass windows. The Baptism was performed by Father Simonson. While June K. Berg and her grandson Erik are both Lutheran’s, the Catholic Church was selected because this was the same church and he same Priest that baptized the mother Melanie. Since both Catholic and Lutheran churches are Christian churches and the rites of Baptism are similar, this did not present a conflicting family religious problem.

 

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 The Star Little June

 (The Star…”June Marie Petersen”)

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In attendance at the Baptism of little “June,” were the following:

     Sandra Marie Daniels – Grandmother

     Shannon Marie Daniels – Aunt

     Amanda Daniels – Cousin

     Neihmiah Crabtree – Friend of Amanda

     Paisley Altobelli – Cousin

     Garrette Stone – June’s Godfather

     Timothy Alan Petersen - Grandfather

     Emily Rose Petersen – Aunt – June’s Godmother

     Julie Lynn Berg – Grandmother

     Geno Ronallo – Julie’s friend

     Marijane Antoinette Petersen – Sister

     Erik Oneal Petersen – Father

     Melanie Dawn Petersen – Mother

     Stanton O. Berg – Great Grandfather

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Baptism of Little June

(Photo above - (The Baptism of little “June Marie Petersen”)

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Great Grandmother June made a special love gift to her new Great Granddaughter June. Because Grandmother June was in heaven, the special gift was presented by Great Grandfather Stan Berg in behalf of Great Grandmother June.

The special gift was Grandma June K. Berg’s study Bible from her days in the Redeemer Lutheran Church…this special Bible was presented with the following letter by Grandfather Stan Berg:

 A Gift of a Bible from a Great Grandmother to her Great Granddaughter

This love gift of a Bible from Great Grandmother June K. Berg is for her Great Granddaughter “June Marie Petersen” on her Baptism Day, Sunday October 7th, 2012.

This Thompson Chain Reference Bible – New International Version – 1983- Red Letter Edition is the personal Bible used by Grandmother June for several years during her work, study and worship at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fridley, Minnesota. Grandmother June’s name is printed in gold lettering on the cover of the Bible. In addition, Grandma June has written her name in ink at the top of the title page on the Inside the Bible. Also included are two of Grandma June’s book marks as she left them in place in the Bible.

I am sure that if Grandma June is looking on from her heavenly window, her heart is overflowing with love and pride for her little Great Granddaughter who is named and baptized “June” in her honor!

Because Grandma June is in Heaven, I am delivering her Bible love gift for her…

Grandpa Stan”

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Note:There is much more than just a name that honors Great Grandmother “June”.  Little “June Marie Petersen” possesses the DNA…literally the blood of her Great Grandmother “June” runs through her veins!

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Proud Grandfather 

(Photo above – A proud Great Grandfather Stan holding little “June”)

 

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June May 1994Postscript: A big thank you and an expression of heartfelt gratitude to both Erik and Melanie for honoring Great Grandmother June K. Berg by naming their newly born (1 August 2012) baby daughter “June”.

It is no secret that I have been more than a little disappointed over the years as I watched a series of granddaughters and great granddaughters born without this honor previously being bestowed!

I am sure that when the word reached Grandma June in her heavenly home, she responded with her usual million dollar smile.

Grandma June was a humble person who gave little import to her own accomplishments…

June was a generous lady without guile or pretense...not one to  have expressed disappointment.

I can think of no one more deserving of such an honor. My only regret is that June is no longer with us and could not be here in person to participate in the joyful baptismal ceremony.

Perhaps someday little “June’s” father Erik can describe for her what it was like to be loved and cherished by a loving and attentive Grandma June.

 

Great Grandfather Stan

 

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Baby June and Stan 19 August 2012

(Grandpa Stan and Baby June - 6025 Gardena Lane - 19 August 2012) 

 

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“Little Granddaughter June’s” First (1st) and Golden Birthday Party

“Little granddaughter June” celebrated her 1st birthday at a special “Golden” birthday (1 August 2013) party organized and held at the parents home (Erik and Melanie Petersen) in  Big Lake, Minnesota on Saturday 3 August 2013.

June Marie August 2013Invited Friends and relatives gathered at shaded chairs and tables arranged in the back yard of the Petersen home. Weather was sun shiny and a pleasant day in the lower 70’s.

“Little June” had her own small colorful birthday cake which she seemed to thoroughly enjoy…at one year of age, one does not concern themselves with table manners or the use of a fork when one's hands are the most effective...fist-fulls replace fork-fulls in the one year old's version of etiquette. A large cake was also provided for the invited guests along with sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit and cold drinks.

A colorful ample sized candy filled pinata was suspended from the second story porch overhang. When broken open, an abundant supply of candy littered the ground to the delight of the several children at the party...who quickly snatched them up and filled their little plastic bags.

After a period of socializing, gift and card opening for “Little June” ended the afternoon party…”Little June” appeared to enjoy the special attention, appeared content and frequently displayed a big smile.

I had my turn holding, talking to and enjoying “Little June”. While little children at such a tender age never have later recollections of such events, I am sure the parents and friends and relatives will long remember the occasion.

Little June with birthday case 2013Stan and Baby June August 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Above right is Little June eating her birthday cake...above left is Great Grandpa Stan holding Little June as she examines the lid of a water bottle...)

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Little June Petersen age 3

(Little "June" age 3 - 2015)

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 Little June 2016

(Little "June" Age 4 - 2016)

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Reader's Comments

Linda Casey-Overholt - Coshocton, Ohio - (12 October 2012): "What a lovely tribute to her lovely grandmother!!! Sure June is smiling down!!! enjoy the little one stan."

Kathleen Dean- Fredericktown, Ohio - (12 October2012): "Oh Stan, she is so pretty ! So sweet... congrats"

Tara P. Lodzinski - Kamloops, British Columbia - (12 October 2012): "Beautiful child."

June Newsome - Minneapolis, Minnesota - ( 12 October 2012): "Congratulations to your family on the birth of a precious girl. As a June, I hope the name will bring her much happiness and that she will feel a special bond with her great grandmother and grandfather."

Barbara Lee Carlson - Spring Lake Park, Minnesota - (12 October 2012): "Congratulations to you and your family. God Bless the precious little June."

    Stan's Note: Barb and Gary are the group leaders for the weekly Blue Grass Music Jam sessions at Culver's in Blaine on Saturdays...today (13 October 2012) during the Blue Grass Jam session, Barb called attention to my presence at the Jam session and announced the birth of Baby June! Before Alzheimer's took over June's life, June and I were weekly attendee's at every jam session.

Gill Denman - Essex, United Kingdom - (14 October 2012): "I think your wife will be looking down at such a beautiful child and will be feeling so proud. Congratulations to your family...(7 August 2013): "This is a picture that a certain small person will cherish when they grow older "

Carmen Cesena - Victorville, California - (1 August 2013): "Happy Birthday, Little June!!!...(6 August 2013): "Beautiful Picture!!!"

Beth Ann Doucette - Lino Lakes, Minnesota - (2 August 2013): "She is BEAUTIFUL!!...Just like her Great Grandma."

Mimi Taylor Nataro - Hicksville, New York - (2 August 2013): "God Bless you & the family with this joyous event!"

Cher Riley-Hart - Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom - (4 August 2013): "Oh she is adorable bless her."

Lynda Etlicher - Rice Lake, Wisconsin - (5 August 2013): "You look Happier and sound Happier then I heard in along time. God Bless Baby June. She created a Miracle Smiles for Great Grandpa Stan."

Stacie L. Zamora - Hibbing, Minnesota - (5 August 2013): "Precious pictures and story thanks for sharing ."

Amy Stiel Almas - Waterford, Michigan - (5 August 2013): "Such precious memories, Stan. After reading your post I almost felt as though I was there. Thank you for the smile!"

Terry Shepherd - Warsaw, Indiana - (5 August 2013): "She is adorable, and I like what you are doing."

Connie L. Malm Anderson - Osseo, Minnesota - (5 August 2013): "What a cutie...Great Grandma June is Beaming down on her namesake."

Merideth Sindel - Sydney, Australia - (5 August 2013): "She's lovely."

Debbie Willis - Olympia, Washington - (5 August 2013): "Same sparkle in her eye that June had!"

Rihhana Bawan - Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India - (6 August 2013): "Angel."

Lin Mathieu Schmidt - Anoka, Minnesota - (6 August 2013): "What a cutie!"

Bonnie Seip - Ottsville, Pennsylvania - (6 August 2013): "So Very Precious ... Thank you Stan for Sharing ..."

Connie Lowers OBrien - Birchwood, Tennessee - (6 August 2013): "Bless her heart"...(20 June 2014): "That's a beautiful story and lovely grandchild."

Maura Guilfoyle - Clondalkin, Ireland - (6 August 2013): "What a Beautiful baby June is, the gift you bestowed on baby June is so Beautiful and precious."

Melanie Petersen - Big Lake, Minnesota - (6 August 2013): "Thank you Stan for featuring Juney. She has so many gifts that she is unaware of having right now. When shes older and realizes the gift she was given to contiue June's legacy through her own name and hopefully with her own actions I know she will be amazed."

Mary Jill Bringgold Duncan - Cannon Falls, Innesota - (6 August 2013): "The picture is gorgeous, and so is she! I am sure she will do her namesake proud."

Gilda Yen Torino - Manila, Phillipines - (6 August 2013): "Such a lovely picture my friend. Little June is sooooo adourable."

Nancy Owen - Palmdale, California - (6 August 2013): "Adorable picture!"

Linda Farr Borman - Fridley, Minnesota - (6 August 2013): "What a wonderful picture....memories being made."

Elaine Wharmby - Tamworth, United Kingdom - (6 August 2013): "What a little cutie."

Dianne Cogar - Springfield, Ohio - (6 August 2013): "Beautiful grandchild, wonderful and tender loving granddad!"

Dorothy Peabody - Vadnais Heights, Minnesota - (6 August 2013): "Such a beautiful little girl and so very, very precious!!...I just tonight had a good chance to read the story you put on June's web site. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person and I'm sure it is true she's looking in on this precious little one with that "million dollar" smile!!

Audrey Warden-Dunn - Longmont, Colorado - (7 August 2013): "She is beautiful and oh so cute, I could just hug her."

Pansy Otis - Greenbush, Virginia - (7 August 2013): "She is a cutie..."

Anne Moghraby - Solihull, United Kingdom - (7 August 2013): "Wonderful."

Bernadette Barbour - Jupiter Island, Florida -(7 August 2013): "What a legacy!"

Annette Lefevre Ekelman - Los Angeles, California - (7 August 2013): "Beautiful!!!"

Debbie Larsen - Buffalo, Minnesota - (8 August 2013): "Precious!"

Paula Coley - Davie, Florida - (17 August 2013): "Beautiful story of family love. God bless this precious little girl who carries her great grandmother's name. Great grandmother, June, was a beautiful woman, and I am sure she is watching over this precious little one. Great Grandpa Stan, thank you for sharing your love and devotion of your beloved June ... I am sure this little one holds a very, very special place in your heart! God bless you all!!!"

Julie Stuart - Fochabers, United Kingdom - (22 August 2013):"Thats beautiful Stan...June I think would have been thrilled."

Marion Reinartz - Cologne, Germany - (22 August 2013): "So lovely ..."

Patrice Kohn - McKinney, Texas - (6 October 2014): "Precious "Little June" & wonderful way to honor her beloved Great-Grandmother June. I'm sure your June would be so thrilled."

 

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June's Passing

June 1994

After an almost 12 year journey into the shadows of Alzheimer's, early one morning in late October 2008, an exhausted June felt God's gentle touch on her shoulder and heard the words: "Come Home June!" As June lay like a wounded soldier on a battlefield, it was God's Angels that ushered June into a Heavenly Kingdom to the sound of a chorus of Angels...and into June's new home, a "Mansion on the Hilltop", where there is no pain, nor illness nor tears...June's funeral notice as published in the Minneapolis Star in October 2008 can be seen on this website in the drop down menu under the "In Memoriam" label - just Click on:

"June K. (Rolstad) Berg - In Memoriam"