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van Lint, June 06/21/1928 - 03/30/2013 LA JOLLA -- June van Lint passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 30. Her husband and three children held her hands as her breathing and heart gradually stopped. She had been quadriplegic and unable to voice for over 46 years due to a blood clot that moved into her brain stem during cervical fusion surgery required by a whiplash injury. She communicated mostly by forming letters, words or phrases with her lips. She also typed with one finger, using a mobile arm support. Yet, she lived a quality life by rearing four children, managing the household, traveling, participating in church activities and attending concerts and plays. She also survived breast cancer in 2001 and colon cancer in 2012. Her death resulted from a stroke on March 16, which rendered her unable to communicate. She had just returned from a 28-day cruise on the Pacific Ocean. She was born in Long Beach, CA, to Walter and Mabel Woolhouse. Her older sister, Muriel Seright, now lives in Las Vegas, NV, and younger sister, Dorothy Cholewinski, lives in Montrose, CA. She married Victor van Lint on June 10, 1950. They adopted two boys and two girls, but the younger son, Kenny, was killed in an auto accident at the age of 28. June wrote a book about her first four years as a quadriplegic, My New Life, using one finger on an electric typewriter. It described her experiences during six weeks in a coma, almost one year in hospitals, returning home, reacquiring control over the household, and her initial travels by motor home and airlines. It was published and is now available free at www.van-lint.org, together with a sequel describing the remaining 40+ years. June and her husband traveled to every continent except Antarctica. In 1976, they took a six-week trip to the Soviet Union in 1976 with visits to Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Novosibirsk. Soviet people were amazed that a disabled person could travel. Only two other people were seen in wheelchairs during the entire trip, one of whom was a disabled soldier on display at the war memorial in Kiev. June's description of the trip is included in the sequel. June served as a member-at-large on the Church Council at the Congregational Church of La Jolla. Previously she had served as Treasurer and Deacon at the Pacific Beach Congregational Church. June is survived by her husband, Vic, son, Larry van Lint, daughters, Linda van Lint and Karen Mendezona, and nine grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted at the Congregational Church of La Jolla on April 28 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to June's favorite service organization: the Community Christian Service Agency in Claremont and Pacific Beach, www.ccsasandiego.org.

Published in U-T San Diego from Apr. 7 to Apr. 13, 2013
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