Sturm, June Elizabeth
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Sep. 23, 1917 - Jan. 15, 2014
June Elizabeth Sturm (Menzie), age 96 of Sarasota, formerly of Winfield, Kansas passed away January 15, 2014. June was born in Augusta, Kansas to Robert Hiram Menzie and Clara Minnie Menzie (Widmer). June was the youngest of four children, with older brothers Robert, Gerald, and Kenneth, all deceased. The family lived in several rural Kansas towns before moving to Winfield, where Robert worked for the Barnsdall Oil Company and June attended high school. While dining with friends, June met her future husband Max Sturm, who was the Public Works Director. They were married on January 18, 1941.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Max enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers and was posted to Anniston, Alabama. Next, the Army sent Max and June to West Palm Beach, Florida where they decided to make Florida their future home. Max attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut to learn Japanese. During the winter, June and her friends would go to the drugstore to get warm and listen to popular music. After Yale, Max went to the Presidio in California and June returned to Winfield. June had her first child, Gary in 1945, the same day Max was departing for Korea. On his return, Max was posted to Pensacola, Florida and subsequently the couple and their infant son moved to Arcadia. They moved to Sarasota where Max was the Public Works Director. June had her second child, Gail in 1950.
June and Max raised their children in Sarasota, and after Max's retirement in 1983 they spent their summers in Marshall, North Carolina. June was a fine woman with many friends and we, who were fortunate to have her as our mother or friend, will miss her smile and friendly spirit.
Survivors include Gary and Gail (Stark) both living in California, and three grandsons, Eric Stark, Alex Stark, and Bryan Sturm.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 14, at 2:00 PM at the South Trail Church of Christ, 5601 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 Contact: 941-922-4141.
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014