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June E. Loftus

April 24, 2022

June LoftusJune Loftus, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in her home in Gansevoort, New York on April 24, 2022. Previously, June had resided on Holcomb Street in Watertown, New York, with her late husband, Peter, who predeceased her on June 11, 2009, after nearly 60 years of marriage.

Born October 15, 1931 in Worth, New York, the daughter of Sterling and Elsie Brownell, she graduated from Copenhagen Central School in 1947. She married Peter Loftus at St. Patrick’s Rectory, Watertown, with the late Father Stone officiating on June 26, 1949. She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church where she enjoyed being active as a Lectern, Eucharistic Minister, involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and President and member of the church’s Altar Rosary Society. While serving as President, she spearheaded the development of a cookbook to raise funds for the church’s 150th anniversary celebration. In addition, she was a communicant of St. Therese’s Chapel while living in Gansevoort, NY. June worked for many years at Dalton’s Religious Goods formerly located in the Paddock Arcade on Public Square, Watertown, and also as a Realtor for Bonney Realty, Watertown. Also, she and Peter enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Watertown Golf Club.

June was a kind and loving person who approached life in a cheerful and positive manner. She made friends easily, was a wonderful caregiver and inspiration to all who were blessed to know her. She had a "green thumb," enjoyed gardening, and frequently decorated the Church altar with her beautiful flowers. Her creative talents also shined through in her amazing cooking and baking skills as well as creating special gifts for family and friends. June especially enjoyed family gatherings in her home, reunions with her siblings and their families and celebrating the "monthly birthday club" with dear friends. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed collecting angel statues and traveling across the country with her husband to visit family and friends.

She never wanted to be a burden. Even during her final days in Hospice care, June showed more concern for others than herself. Throughout her life, she was a selfless, altruistic soul who was always willing to lend an ear and help others.

In addition to her husband and parents, June was predeceased by two sisters Beatrice Traynor and Evelyn VanSeveran as well as five brothers Vernon Brownell, Wilbur Brownell, Walter Brownell, Merrill Brownell and Allen Brownell and a beloved daughter-in-law Loretta Loftus. She is survived by her four children Kathleen Loftus, Gansevoort, NY; Peter Loftus, Three Mile Bay, NY; Mark (Deborah) Loftus, Watertown, NY; Linda (George) Dickie, Gansevoort, NY; as well as two brothers Neil (Jeri) Brownell, West Monroe, NY and James (Connie) Brownell, Pulaski, NY. She is also survived by seven grandchildren Erika (Jeff) Wright, Derek (Stacy) Intschert, Tricia Cronk, Kristian (Diane) Loftus, Alisha (Scott) Stahl, Brendan (Elizabeth) Loftus and Jordan (Allison) Loftus; fifteen great grandchildren Nicholas Wright, Lorelei and Devereux Intschert, Seth, Lauren and Regan Cronk, Kage and Brynn Loftus, Noah and Asher Stahl, Ellis, Leo and Mara Loftus and Henry and Beau Loftus; as well as several nephews and nieces.

A funeral mass will be at a time and date to be announced followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga County for their wonderful care of their mother. A special thank you to Alice, Judy, Dian, Betty, Laurie Ann and Michele for providing June with exceptional home care. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and to share a memory or offer condolences to the family, please visit www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga County (179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866), American Heart Association (www.heart.org), St. Patrick’s Church (123 S. Massey St., Watertown, NY 13601), or St. Theresa's Chapel (1 Wilton-Gansevoort Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831).

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#10 Patricia Lanne 2022-05-02 08:27
There are people that bring out the best in others and Mrs. Loftus was that person. I will miss her more than I can say but am very grateful for Linda and Kathie including me in many get togethers with them and their Mom. The world is less bright with her passing. However, the love she gave to her family and friends will live on in our hearts and continue to bring out the best in us.
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#9 Virginia Collins 2022-04-28 21:34
During our years at St. Patricks Church, we always saw June and Pete side by side. And frequently taking active part in the duties there. My last time with June was being seated together at a wedding reception just a few years ago. I enjoyed every moment of that time having shared family time with June and Pete at our church events.
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#8 Sterling Brownell 2022-04-28 17:58
Aunt June was close to my Dad/her brother as they grew up close in age and spent a good amount of time helping there grandparents farm as children. She was very dear to Merrill and Evelyn’s entire family and will be missed. My condolences to Kathy, Peter, Mark, Linda and their families.
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#7 Kevin Best 2022-04-27 14:56
From the children of Don and Ellen Best our heartfelt condolences to the entire Loftus Family. For many years Aunt June and Uncle Pete where an important part of our lives. To every member of the family but especially to Kathleen and Mark we hope you find solice in the amazing people your parents where and that they are together again in eternity.
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#6 Joan Nellhaus 2022-04-27 12:32
Dear June in Heaven - I love you and will miss you always. You were always a light in the lives around you, including mine. It was a joy and pleasure to know you, spend time with you, and share my life and feelings with you. What a special privilege it has been to have you as a friend - genuine and trusting. I could always be honest and feel safe in your company. You were a blessing. I will hold you in my heart forever. Love, Joan
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#5 Jeanette Lettiere 2022-04-27 11:41
Kristian so sorry for your loss of your grandmother prayers and Love to you and your family Love Jeanette and Jim
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#4 Susan Brownell 2022-04-27 10:53
Dear Aunt June, you are the sweetest person and such a blessing to anybody you would meet. I remember sitting at picnic tables for family reunions and as a little girl just watching you, emulating you really as such a wonderful role model too. Always sweetly smiling and thoughtful. I miss you. As will everyone who loved you. Prayers for comfort, peace, and joy of knowing you and memories to hold, until we meet again.
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#3 Steve Tracey Bureau 2022-04-27 08:28
June was such a bright light with a beautiful soul. We feel so blessed to have known her. Our hearts go out to our dear friends Linda and George and the entire Loftus family.
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#2 Cathy Leon 2022-04-27 07:48
Peter and family. So sorry to hear about your lovely mother’s passing. You have one more angel to watch over you. —Cathy and Ken
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#1 Tim Van Severen 2022-04-26 15:41
Aunt June was such a sweet and kind person. Aunt June, to me, had a very comforting, soft and kind voice, especially when we talked after my Mother, Evelyn, passed away. My Mom had many great memories about her and Aunt June when they were growing up during the depression era. They stayed close through the years, even though they lived far apart. Seeing Aunt June and Uncle Pete, whether on our family trips back home or when they would visit my parents in Green Bay were always special and great times.
Heaven has gained a wonderful angel and I know Mom is there with open arms for her little sister.

Tim and Joan Van Severen, and family.
Green Bay, WI
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