June Rygg Haug

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June 6, 1928-August 21, 2014 June was born to Oscar and Arnolda Rygg on June 6, 1928 in "East" Stanwood. She and her sister Doris were the apples of their parent's eyes. They grew up in a tight-knit, loving, Norwegian family where hard work and education were the standard. After graduating from Twin City High School in 1946, June attended Pacific Lutheran College and then the University of Washington where she received her Bachelor of Science in 1950 fulfilling one of her father's dreams. She went on to obtain her Masters in Education from Governor's State University in University Park, Ill. June met the love of her life, Clarence (Clancy) Haug, while they were seniors at the UW. June and Clancy were married the following January and settled in Bellevue, Wash. Clancy's job soon took them on a journey across the United States; between 1955 and 1965 they lived in New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania before finally moving to Illinois where they raised their family. It was here that June embarked on her career as a teacher at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Ill. At Thornridge June pioneered a Child Development Lab and Preschool program for high school juniors and seniors that flourished under her guidance. June and Clancy never lost their ties to the Northwest. Their yearly road trips with kids in tow to Seattle and Stanwood to visit her mother Arnolda and sister Doris are an integral part of family lore. Upon retirement in 1986 June and Clancy moved back to the Northwest, settling in Mill Creek, Wash. Here they rekindled old friendships and met new friends through their many activities including golf, gourmet club, volunteer work and attending church. June volunteered for many years, first at Swedish Hospital where she served a term as Volunteer President and then later at Providence Hospital in Everett. With each of their three grown children also settling in the Seattle area, June and Clancy's greatest joy in their retirement years was being a part of their seven grandchildren's lives. Every soccer game, dance recital, school event, birthday party…Nana and Papa were there. Their home in Mill Creek was the family hub. The grandchildren loved to meet there just to hang out. Nana was always available to take them swimming or shopping or to the movies, she was happy to play any game they wanted to play. A favorite pasttime of hers was to take them on a walk to the park. As the grandkids got older going to Starbucks became part of the routine; Nana loved her "Norwegian gasoline" and expected her grandchildren to love it as well! The retirement years provided June and Clancy an opportunity to travel as well. They were able to visit family on both sides in Norway and made trips to France, Germany, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hawaii and Alaska. They also loved the Huskies and as UW football season ticket holders June and Clancy attended numerous Husky away games with their Midwest friends. On September 6, 2007 Clancy passed away and June's heart was broken. Starting a new segment of her life without Clancy, June did her best to keep her independence but due to her poor eyesight it became increasingly more difficult for her to live alone. In April of 2012 she moved to Merrill Gardens in Stanwood, where she re-connected with old friends and truly enjoyed reminiscing about growing up in Stanwood. As her health declined she moved to Amazing Care Adult Family Home in Mountlake Terrace. Always positive, always kind, she never complained. To say she will be missed is inadequate. Our family is heart-broken and at the same time incredibly fortunate for we had June: our mother, Nana, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. June is preceded in death by her husband, Clancy. She is survived by her three children, Mike Haug, Tom Haug (Hillary), Cyndi Marriott (Stan); and her seven grandchildren, Michael, Diana, Katie, Emily, Thea, Andrew and Ana. June is also survived by her sister, and best friend, Doris Moehring. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Bothell, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Macula Foundation at www.maculafoundation.org
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Aug. 31, 2014
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