June Shuneson, 94

June Lucille (Clausen) Shuneson, age 94, of Cokato, passed away Oct. 23, 2020, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born June 15, 1926, in Hines, MN to Axel and Myrtle (Johnson) Clausen. She attended Hines school through eighth grade and Blackduck High School, graduating in 1943.

June married Henry Shuneson Sept. 8, 1945, at First Lutheran Church in Hines. They farmed for three years in Smith Lake, before moving back to Hank’s home place, “Shuneson Corner,” to continue farming many years. God blessed them with three children: Gary, Darlene, and Kathy.

June enjoyed caring for her children, keeping house, cleaning, cooking, baking, and entertaining. She also loved to read, especially poetry, and wrote many poems. June worked cleaning houses and at the corn factory.

She was a member of Albion Free Church, and was involved there for more than 60 years, teaching Sunday school, vacation bible school, serving as church secretary, women’s ministries, cleaning the church, and developing many long-time friendships.

June enjoyed going to garage sales, playing games (especially Scrabble), and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Henry and June moved to Cokato in 1981. There, they spent their retirement years, until Henry passed away Jan. 25, 2007. A few years later, June moved to the Cokato Apartments, then to Brookridge Assisted Living, and eventually to Cokato Manor.

June is survived by children, Gary (Judy) Shuneson of Cokato, Darlene (Daniel) Wuotila of Dassel, and Kathy (David) Hoyhtya of Cokato; grandchildren, Stacy (Douglas) Keller of St. Michael, Stephanie (Tito) Mercado of Arden Hills, David (Jenny) Wuotila of Eyota, Duane (Wendy) Wuotila of Litchfield, Crystal (Bjorn) Bakke of Benson, Luke Hoyhtya of Owasso, OK, and Denise (Brian) Martin of Dassel; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Amanda, Cody, Chase, Zachary, Nathan, Maya, Emma, Mason, Erica, Julia, Kylan, Aunnalise, Isabelle, Ethan, and Natalia; sister, Lyda Cocking of Staples; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Clausen of Shakopee, and June Clausen of Stephen, MN; along with many nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; parents, Axel and Myrtle (Johnson) Clausen; brothers, Carl, Lester, Leland (Normandy Beach during WW II – 1944), Walter, and Clifford; and sister, Arlys.

A funeral service took place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Albion Evangelical Free Church in Cokato, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

A time of gathering took place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-286-2534.

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