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June'll be Home for Christmas

This 1943 classic Christmas song by Gannon, Kent and Ram, I’ll Be Home for Christmas was written for World War II Servicemen…I revised it for June and I…

In 1943 when this song was created, the US was midway into World War II and June and I were both sophomores in high school…the war ended early in our Senior years in High School…We graduated early in 1946 and the war had just ended late in 1945…June was in Colfax,  Wisconsin high school and I was in Rice Lake, Wisconsin I high school…one county apart...both living on farms...early 1948 would see me in the Army on the eve of the Korean War...my Army service ended in 1952, the year June and I were married…

I revised this beautiful Christmas song to relate to June who is now in Heaven and to me alone here on earth and still living in our home at 6025 Garden Lane…and another Christmas where June will be with me but only in my dreams...perhaps both nocturnal and day dreams…Christmas 2015 will be our 8th Christmas apart...

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June'll be Home for Christmas 

June Christmas 1996

(June - Christmas Time 1996 - Alzheimer's was only a year away)

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June'll be home for Christmas

You can plan on her

We’ll have snow and mistletoe

And presents on the tree

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Christmas Eve will find me

Where the love light gleams

June’ll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams

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June’'ll be home for Christmas

You can plan on her

We’ll have snow and mistletoe

And presents on the tree

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Christmas Eve will find me

Where the love light gleams

June’'ll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams

If only in my dreams

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6025 Gardena Lane 

(6025 Gardena Lane in winter 1998)

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Reader's Comments

Louise Ann Howard  - Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia - (23 November 2015):"Your very talented Stan. So beautiful mate."

Ena Castle - Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia - (23 November 2015): "So many Christmases apart from your June. I feel so sad for you Stanton. Yet I know one day you will be together again. God is good and I am sure you and I are on this earth to celebrate his birth for a reason. Hugs to you Ena...and thank you for sharing your love with me."

Dianne Cogar - Springfield, Ohio - (23 November 2015): "That was straight from your beautiful heart Stan... and, yes, " She'll be home for Christmas", for in your dreams June knows the way."

Toots Scudder - London, United Kingdom - (23 November 2015):"Lovely tribute  Stanton. June looks stunning in this photo."

Julie Harrison - Chorley, United Kingdom - (23 November 2015): "Keep June in your dreams, she'll be waiting for you."

James Denton  - Pana, Illinois - (23 November 2015): "That is beautiful and your beautiful angel must be so proud."

Barbara Bailey - Huntington, West Virginia  - (23 November 2015): "Bless your heart I'm sure she's smiling down on you...she's a beautiful Angel."

Barbara Ann Butterfield - Tavistock, Devon, United Kingdom - (23 November 2015): "Beautiful."

John Patrick Bray - Athens, Georgia  - (23 November 2015):"What a wonderful post. I hope you don't mind if I share. All the best, JPB."

Bertha Dusenberry - Dresden, Ohio - (23 November 2015): "Beautiful Stan ! I love it."

Amy Stiel Almas - Waterford, Michigan - (23 November 2015): "Love it." 

Michael Shaw - Olney, Illinois - (24 November 2015): "Aww...May God bless you Stanton..and yours this Thanksgiving and Christmas season..."

Jackie Irving  - Liverpool, United Kingdom - (29 December 2015): "Beautiful song Stan....I love the way you adapt the words to make it appropriate to June ....she was and still is very loved by you ...and through your memories and what you tell us ...I feel like I have the privilege of knowing her too ... I love the picture of your home...it would make a beautiful Christmas card ...I've got to say though thank goodness we've got Christmas out of the way for another year ....all the expense and commercialism that goes with it ...take care and God bless Stan."

Bernadette Brady - Dublin, Ireland - (29 December 2015): Stan's Comments:This very beautiful and kind Christmas Card was received yesterday by air mail from Dublin, Ireland...Bernadette is a caregiver to her mother Mary who is deep in the shadows of Alzheimer's:

“Christmas 2015... Stan, I hope that your Christmas and New Years will be happy and healthy. Thank you for all that you continue to do for Alzheimer’s awareness, and for all the support, friendship and prayers that you give to so many whose lives are touched by dementia. And thank you for sharing June with the world. Her story and yours have touched so many hearts and lives and helped so many…You are both gifts from God. May God bless you always, Love and Prayers from Ireland. Bernadette”  (Cover of Bernadette's Card shown below.)

Bernadette Brady's Christmas Card 

 

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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"