"June, You Walked Through This World With Me!"
- Published on Friday, 08 November 2013 16:26
- Written by Stanton O. Berg
This 2013 Birthday tribute to June on her 86th Birthday is inspired by the title of the 1967 George Jone’s No. 1 hit song: “Walk Through This World with Me”.
June was born on Tuesday, November 8th 1927…it was 23 years later that June and Stan first met…In May of 1951 while Stan was home on leave from the Army …both had grown up during the great depression years as poor families on a farm… June wondered: “Will Stan walk through this world with me…”
A little over a year later when they were married at age 24… June said:…“We will walk through this world together!
And walk through this world together they did…as Stan’s profession as a forensic consultant grew, he soon had cases from Fairbanks to Miami and traveled internationally to forensic conferences…while June as his administrative assistant could not be with him in active investigations or during testimony in trials, June did travel with Stan to over 100 forensic conferences here and abroad.
June traveled with Stan as they criss-crossed the US from north to south and east to west…In Canada it was from Montreal, to Toronto to Vancouver…June was with Stan in eastern Europe in 1969 at the height of the “Cold War” to attend the first ever international forensic science conferences in the Soviet Union…from Warsaw to Moscow to Leningrad,…conferences in the United Kingdom… from Edinburgh to London to Oxford… London became June’s favorite city after many visits…middle and south Europe…Frankfurt, Gottingen, Dusseldorf, Zurich, Vienna, Budapest…then Rome, and an audience with Pope Paul VI…yes, June and Stan “Walked Through this World Together!
On a sad day in January 1998, June was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s…June and Stan made their bucket list of all the things they had put off doing during their life together and in the next six years while June was still able, they did them all!… including a final goodbye visit to London during the Sherlock Holme’s Festival…
It was in the years seven and eight that June’s Alzheimer’s took control of her mind and their lives. I slowly lost June, tear drop by tear drop...June eventually slipped into a world of darkness where she could no longer be reached…God took June home on 23 October 2008.
Stan continues to travel life’s journey alone in a world without June…a lonely world but a world filled with June’s Memories…there will never be another June…
George Jone's was called home to Heaven on 26 April 2013...June was a Grand Ole Opry fan and a fan of most of the Country Western Legends like George Junes...I am sure June has walked in friendship with George in Heaven and if George is still singing the songs that made him famous here on earth, then June has heard George sing "Walk Through This World With Me" in person and up close...and I hope that June remembered how we walked this world together durng our 56 years of marriage...
Stan's Note: It was in 1951 that Patti Page's hit song "The Tennessee Waltz" became her "Career Song". She first released the song in November 1950. It quickly became the nunber one song on the charts in December 1950 and continued as number one for 9 weeks...it remained on the charts for a total of a 30 week run.as one of the top songs....The Tennessee Waltz was at its peak in popularity at the time June and I met in May of 1951 and it remained popular during the time of our courtship and through the year of our marriage in 1952...a coincidence perhaps but Patti Page was also born on the exact same day, month and year as June ...Tuesday, 8 November 1927...The Tennessee Waltz became June and Stan's song!
A fine lady poet and a friend from Nacogdoches, Texas, Marsha McKneely Ault, has honored June and Stan with a poem for June's birthday.
Marsha who is a lady of faith is also a caregiver for a family member.
Marsha's poem has a similar theme and it references an undelivered valentine from June to Stan that was not discovered until it was found on a Valentine's Day a few years later.
Marsha gave considerable thought to this poem for June. This included preparation by reading and reviewing information about June's life as found in the essays and pages on June's website.
Finally Marsha after prayerful meditation, prefaces her poem with these introductory words:
“I felt impressed to have June speak to you:”
My Dear Stan
As I walk in the warmth of paradise
I reach through time for your hand
with perfect faith. I know…
You and I will be joined again.
On that spring day when our eyes first met
I wondered, “Will we walk this world together?
Indeed we have— crisscrossing…
the blue, blue sea and the faraway lands.
Time has waltzed with us in every dream,
every wish I ever had…to be a wife,
a mother, and a grandmother too…
All have been fulfilled in you, my dear Stan.
When the darkness descended over my mind,
and I began to slip away, I never once feared
being alone or afraid. I knew…
you’d never leave my side.
The day you found the undelivered Valentine…
with the printed words: “Hand in hand,
side by side, soul to soul, heart to heart”…
I wanted you to remember—
You and I will be joined again!”
“Happy Birthday June…when you chose me to “Walk through this world together” with you…you gave me one of my life’s greatest gifts…When God brought you into my life it was if I had suddenly won “The grand prize in a lottery of life.!
I will love you until the sands of time cease their endless trickle…You are always in my heart and on my mind!”
(This tribute to June K. Berg was published in the Sunday edition of the Minneapolis Star - Tribune, 10 November 2013.)
Ruth Hart Moulton - Turkey, North Carolina - (9 November 2013): "Wonderful! Beautiful lady.....I suspect on the inside as well...So, now they're working together..."...(God and June.)
Bonnie Seip - Ottsville, Pennsylvania - (9 November 2013): "Mr Berg ... All I can say is what I just read again brought many tears to my eyes . But I can say I am so Happy that June walked through this World with you . And I'm so sure she still is walking by your side . What a amazing love you both had and such a Beautiful Life together . Many Prayers Mr Berg ... Thinking of you as always , God Bless You."
Debra A. Apuli - Hopkins, Minnesota - (9 November 2013): "Thanks so much for thinking of me and sending the link! Your love for June will forever be an inspiration for me and many others; you both were completely blessed to share this life and love together. May God Bless you and your beautiful family! Deb."
Janice Kennedy - Coon Rapids, Minnesota - (9 November 2013): "Our internet was down yesterday but I saw on my calendar that it was June's 86th birthday. Happy Belated Birthday June!"
Donald Hiatt - Clovis, California - (9 November 2013): "A wonderfully sentimental poem by Marsha. I think it fits you and June to a tee. Blessings and Peace...Don."
Robin DeMarco Harrison - Aurora, Illinois - (9 November 2013): "Happy belated Birthday June."
Melissa Wooding Brasil - Falmouth, Massachusetts - (9 November 2013): "She is so beautiful."
Maura BuddyBear - Dublin, Ireland - (10 November 2013): "Happy Belated Birthday June."
Linda Farr Borman - Fridley, Minnesota - (10 November 2013): "I just read the Star Tribune. Your birthday tribute was beautiful as usual."
Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Inc. - Mount Pearl, Newfoundland - (12 November 2013): "Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. We really appreciate your support and dedication to our cause. All the best - Amelia White, Events Coordinator."
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 and into Jesus presence to the sound of a chorus of Angels...and 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: