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June Dunham Blake

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, June Dunham Blake passed away at her home. She was a nine-year ovarian cancer survivor. She was first married to George Ungewitter of Pittsfield, with whom she had Laurie J. (Ungewitter) Grube, Mark W. Ungewitter, and G. Scott Ungwitter. June was subsequently married to David K. Blake of East Chatham, N.Y., with whom she had Virginia (Blake) L'Bassi. She was predeceased by David twenty years ago. June was a loving sister to her two brothers, Charles R. Dunham and Raymond M. Dunham. She also loved her four children and their spouses; her 10 grandchildren; her eight great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, their families, and many friends. June grew up in Pittsfield, and resided in Spencertown, N.Y. She ran a nursery school out of her home in Spencertown for 13 years, taught at various grade schools and adult programs, and then held a position as instructor at Columbia-Greene Community College. June enjoyed her many teaching opportunities and always felt that she learned at least as much from her students as she taught to them. June enjoyed traveling and visited many places, including Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Costa Rica, Ireland, Alaska, Iceland, and Greece. She spent recent winters in Phoenix, Ariz., and Jekyll Island, Ga.. She loved getting her hands in the dirt, tending her own gardens at home as well as volunteering for many summers at Tanglewood, first as a gate attendant and later as a gardener. June also actively supported many local endeavors, such as the Austerlitz Historical Society, PS21, WAMC public radio, and the Spencertown Academy. She will be fondly remembered for the smile she had for everyone. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be a memorial service celebrating June's life on Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church in Spencertown, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Cha-Nel scholarship fund, c/o Berkshire Taconic Community Fund, PO Box 400, Sheffield, MA, 01257-0400.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 27, 2014
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