June Marie Goemer, age 88, of St. Cloud, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud.
She was born June 18, 1922, in St. Paul, the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Meier) Miller. June was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in her faith as a youth.
She received her education in Litchfield, and was a graduate of the Litchfield High School, class of 1939. June furthered her education at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she received a bachelor of science degree in 1944, and a master’s degree in education in 1957.
June was united in marriage to Milton Goemer in December of 1951, in Brookings, SD. They resided in Waseca, Bird Island, and Richfield, MN; Menomonie, WI; Brookings, SD; and St. Cloud, MN. June and Milton shared 51 years of marriage, until Milton passed away in 2002.
June taught physical and health education in junior and senior high schools in Waseca (1944-46), Bird Island (1953-1955), and Richfield (1955-57). She then taught college physical education and health at Wisconsin State University Stout in Menomonie, WI (1946-49), South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD (1949-1953), and at St. Cloud State University (1957-1992.)
At St. Cloud State University, June was highly involved in the Faculty Association, having served as secretary of the group and on many committees. She was especially proud of developing the women’s health issues class.
She was also a member of AAHPER, MAHPER, the National Association of Physical Education for College Women, the Central Association of Physical Education for College Women, MEA, NEA, the American Association for Higher Education, School Health Association, AAUP, AAUW, NAACP, University of Minnesota Women’s Physical Education Alumnae Association, and a breast cancer survivor support group.
June was a generous contributor to the Stearns Country Historical Society, the Darwin Historical Museum, the Humane Society, NAACP, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, scholarships at St. Cloud State University, University of MN, AAUW Legal Advocacy and Education Funds, and others.
June was especially active in gender equity issues. She received many awards, including the Minnesota Inter Faculty Association Award for Contributions to Women’s Advancement in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (1998), AAUW State Change Agent from the State Association (2008), and was named a grant recipient for Long Term Commitment to the St. Cloud Area Branch (2009.)
June enjoyed spending time at her lake cottage on Lake Manuella in Meeker County. She enjoyed taking care of her dogs and cats, and liked to participate in social activities. She especially cherished the time she spent with her family and friends.
When June needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud.
June is survived by her sisters, Betty Farnham and husband, Larry of Fridley, and Carole Heyda and husband, Ben of Waverly; a brother, Dale Miller and wife, Carol of Paynesville; nieces, nephews, and many good friends.
In addition to her husband, Milton, June was preceded in death by her parents, Charles (Vic) and Bertha Miller; and a brother, Charles Miller.
Funeral services took place Monday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin, with Pastor Joe Midthun officiating. Linda Peterson was the organist. Congregational hymns included “How Great Thou Art,’ “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “Amazing Grace.” There will be a spring interment.
Casket bearers were Brian Miller, Marcie Spence, Craig Miller, Victor Heyda, Mitch Heyda, and David Heyda.
Arrangements were by the Hantge Funeral Chapel in Darwin. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.