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June W. Marquardt

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June W. Marquardt, 84, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. She was truly a blessing to, and blessed by, her many friends and family, as well as her colleagues throughout her professional career.
June was born June 25, 1924 in Belleville, Kan., to the farming family of Clarence and Betty Weaver. She learned the value and responsibility of hard work, farming shoulder to shoulder with her two brothers, Jack and Bert, during the Great Depression. After graduating from Belleville High School and Business College, she was recruited to work for the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., where she worked and contributed to the war effort during World War II. She later transferred to the Department of Justice in Chicago, Ill., and was married to an Illinois College of Optometry student doctor, Oscar Marquardt, in his home town of Byron, Neb. on June 2, 1946. June and Oscar would combine common sense, old-fashioned farm values of honesty and discipline, with love and Christian lives to raise four children and complete 62 years of marriage.
In the summer of 1948, the young couple would move to the small, southern New Mexico community of Alamogordo to start their family and being a series of "firsts" including the first eye doctor to establish the first eye-care practice in Alamogordo. The young couple would join with another local family to start the first Lutheran Church in the area, which is now Trinity Lutheran Church, and June would serve in many leadership positions in the church and the community. June served as a leader in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League and Lutheran World Relief. She was President of the Alamogordo Women's Club and organized many a Charity Ball benefiting local charities. Many of the community development programs she initiated continue today. She volunteered her time to develop future leaders through her service as a Cub Scout Den Mother, and to serve others as a Hospital Auxiliary volunteer. June and her young doctor husband would have four children, Terry, Debbie, Myron and John, and five decades later be recognized by the State of New Mexico as 1998 Parents of the Year.
In addition to her devotion to church and family, and her civic volunteerism to her community, June also had a distinguished professional career. She retired from civil service at Holloman Air Force Base with honors, receiving the United States Air Force Civilian Commendation Distinction. A beautiful woman with and eye for style and a flare for fashion, June was also a businesswoman. She owned and operated the high-fashion, upscale dress shop in Alamogordo known as Jewell's Dress Shop, bring the opportunity to be smartly-dressed to the women of Alamogordo.
An accomplished woman, a leader in her community and church, a successful entrepreneur, beloved by her many friends and colleagues, a true matriarch who set the highest of standards for her family, a wife and mother with a loving and gentle heart, June never forgot her purpose, always knew where her treasure lay, and gave and gave and gave, and then gave some more to what she loved most, her family.
June was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter Debra Sue Marquardt.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. O.H. Marquardt of the family home; three sons, Dr. Terry Marquardt and John Marquardt of Alamogordo, and Myron Marquardt and his wife Peggy of Aransas Pass, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Tyrone Marquardt and his wife Autumn, and Todd Marquardt and his wife Chris, all of San Antonio, Texas, Robert Nowell and his wife Leslie of Columbus, Ohio, Aaron Maxwell of Pensacola, Florida, Phillip Compary and his wife Kirsten of Vermillion, South Dakota, Kristy Sand and her husband Hank of Westminster, Colo., Elizabeth Hedrick and her husband Jeremy of Spring, Texas, Michelle and Christine Marquardt of Aransas Pass, Tiffany Marquardt of Las Cruces, and John Henry and Macey Marquardt of Alamogordo; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1505 College Ave., with the Rev. Donavon W. "Bill" Heithold officiating.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert Nowell, Tyrone Marquardt, Todd Marquardt, John Henry Marquardt, Aaron Maxwell and Phillip Compary.
Friends may call today from 2 until 4 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, MSC08 4630, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131; or to Alamogordo Home Care/Hospice, P.O. Drawer 29, Alamogordo, NM 88311.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 20 to Oct. 5, 2008
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