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June K. Kadish Born in New York City in 1922, died of a stroke on March 22, 2011. She did her undergraduate work at Brooklyn College and the University of Colorado, and her graduate work at Teachers College, Columbia University. She lived a rich and rewarding life, fulfilling many roles with zest and flair - wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, school teacher, newspaper columnist, writing instructor, home economist and, finally, antique dealer. All of this she did without slighting what she took, in her old fashioned way, to be her primary job of furthering her husband's career. She supported her husband through law school by teaching public school in New York City. She moved bag and baggage, house and household, kids and all from city to city wherever his professional aspirations took him until finally settling down in Berkeley in 1964. Throughout her life, her passion for traveling abroad was insatiable. Starting with a year in Melbourne in the mid 1950's, she continued to schlep her husband and their family (and sisters when her family couldn't join her) through the major attractions of Europe, Asia and Africa. Her newspaper writing took the form of a column in the Salt Lake Tribune entitled "Recipes 'Round the World" where she would report on the foods of the countries she visited. She taught Freshman Writing at the University of Utah and Boston University. For many of her years in Berkeley, she was one of the home economists for the Berkeley Co-op where she was known for removing items from customers' carts that she thought ill chosen. Over the last twenty years, she conducted an antique business on Solano Avenue, making many long term friendships with customers, cheerfully sharing her remarkably extensive knowledge about antiques. She was a devoted NY Times crossword puzzle fan, always carrying one in her purse to work on should she have a few free minutes during her busy days. She was an extraordinary resource, always eager to help people by providing information about travel, antiques, food, and many other topics. She is survived by Sanford Kadish, her husband of 68 years, as well as two sons, Josh of Portland, Oregon, and Peter of Orem, Utah, Josh's wife Lisa Maas, Peter's wife Sandy G. Kadish, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews. Her passion for food, especially vegetables, survives in her sons -- Josh is active in the Portland farmers' market scene and is the family chef; Peter is a committed gardener who grows vegetables for family and friends in his large back yard in Utah.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2011
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