Grandma June Haram lived life to the fullest
June C. Haram, 73, of Spring Lake, Minn., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Arthur’s Residential Care in Roseville, Minn., surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
June was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David, and brothers-in-law, Joncker Biandudi and Paul Haram.
She will be deeply missed by her daughters, Becky (Dan) Rehbein, Jackie (Todd) White, Cheri Haram and Aimee (Todd) Smith; precious grandchildren, Adam (Krista) White, Jenna (Isaac) Tuma, Kaurie (Ben) Spencer, Krista (Aaron) Esterling, Sicely White, David, Andrew and Michael Smith; great-grandchildren, Gavin and Henry Tuma and a great-grandchild due to join the family in November; dear sister, Tamora Biandudi; brother-in-law, Phillip (Barb) Haram; sisters-in-law, Shirley Carlson, Susan Haram and Sharon (Randy) Schuster; numerous special nieces and nephews and many dear friends and neighbors.
June was born on Oct. 10, 1939, in Mobridge, to Fred and Mathilda Brockel. Her sister, Tamora, was born when June was six and a half years old and completed the family. June spent her early childhood on a farm near Mound City. The family did briefly explore living and working in California, only to return to the farm. The Brockels also tried life in Oklahoma and the Black Hills, but chose to settle in Mobridge, where her family owned and operated a grocery store. June graduated from Mobridge High School in 1957 and proceeded to attend Sioux Falls College.
It was there she met the love of her life, David Haram. They were married on March 27, 1959, and brought into the world four daughters. As a family they enjoyed vacationing, good times with great friends and neighbors, especially the Sorensons, and simply being together. Family fun was never far away.
David and June spent many years serving their communities of Spring Lake Park and First Baptist Church of St. Paul in many different roles. For June, that included church secretary for close to 30 years.
On March 7, 1986, June lost her one and only true love, David, and her world changed forever. She met this tragedy with courage, strength and faith in God. She taught many how to overcome adversity with grace and love.
Grandma June, as she was lovingly known by most, held many roles during her time on earth, but her most treasured were wife, mom and grandma. Her family was her world and time spent together brought her complete joy. She also delighted in spending time with her sister, Tamora Biandudi. They shared many special adventures together, including several trips to Italy.
After David’s death, June bought a cabin near Brainerd, Minn., and proceeded to pour her heart and soul into creating a serene place to share with others. She spent much time at “he cabin, organizing, building, decorating and tinkering. Many memories were made there, including numerous family and friend gatherings and her famous “Grandma’s Camp.” She shared her unique and peaceful cabin with many.
Jesus was her Savior, which was evident throughout her life. She brought joy to every room she entered, encouraged everyone, including complete strangers. She touched the lives of many with her generous “live life to the fullest,” which she not only spoke, she truly lived.
June’s celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 499 Wacouta Street, St. Paul, Minn. A visitation will take place at the church on Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service.
A family interment will take place at Roselawn Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Williamson-White Funeral Home in Amery, Wis.
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