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June Hashim

1921 - 2015 PITTSFIELD June Hashim, born June Hariet Frank on June 9, 1921 in St. Louis, MO, passed away on March 10, 2015. It was while obtaining her R.N. degree at Washington University in St. Louis that she met, on a blind date, George Hashim, a dental student at St. Louis University. In 1944, they married and moved to Pittsfield, to live near George's brothers Michael and Joseph, who owned Hashim's Grocery and Package Store on West Housatonic Street. As a young woman, June had dreamed of a career in fashion design and/or fashion art. She channeled that interest into becoming a skillful seamstress for her family and herself. She was also a very talented artist, working in oil, water color, and pastels, creating portraits and landscapes. She had an antique Shaker-crafted loom, which she taught herself how to use, and crafted one-of-a-kind wool fabrics and cotton rugs. An avid reader, she was also a master cook and baker, who learned how to make her husband's favorite Lebanese food and to turn the game he hunted and brought home into gourmet meals. A gentle women, she loved all animals, and had a particular soft spot for a family of crows that lived on the lake property she and George owned. Studying them over time, she learned their individual caws, their familial interactions, and their habits. She often made them suet, loaded with seeds. June had an exceptional green thumb. She could snip a leaf off any planteven the tip of a cactusand have it root and thrive. She loved to grow roses and other flowers, tomatoes, potatoes, and a wide variety of shrubs, trees, and ferns. She dried, arranged, and beautifully framed flowers from her gardens. A favorite pastime that she and George shared was picking peaches in Lancaster County, PA; raspberries in the San Juan Islands; and lemons, oranges and bananas from their trees in Palm Beach Gardens. When she and George purchased Brushwood Farms in Lenox, she studied the history of the previous long-time owners, the Godwin sisters, descendants of William Cullen Bryant, so that she could find the appropriate home for many of the estate's antiques, sculptures, and collectibles. But over and beyond all of this, she was George's partner and prime supporter, and the mother of five children; Diane, George, James, John and Susan; she had five grandchildren and, at the time of her death, one great-grandchild. She also leaves her sister Sue Leonard, St. Louis, MO; many nieces and nephews; and her devoted caregivers, led by MaryLou Murphy, Pittsfield, MA. Her enduring legacy is her strong belief in supporting and encouraging those you love to follow and fulfill their dreams. She now rests in peace beside George, her husband for 68 years, who died in November 2012, and their daughter Susan, who died in 1989. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 14, 2015
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