Published in the November 11, 2016 edition
June was born on Nov. 28, 1942 in Stamford, Conn. to Elbridge T. and Winifred M. (Champion) Gerry. She was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1960. June was a wonderful person. She was very personable and kind to everyone she met. She had a way of reaching people and was never judgmental. June had a very selfless attitude and always put others first. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and never missed bingo night at the Steele House in Melrose.
June also loved knitting, and made many afghan blankets for family and friends over the years. She was an animal lover and all animals loved her back. June was very proud of her Native American heritage. Most importantly, she was very family oriented. It didn’t matter where she was or what she was doing, if she was surrounded by her family, then she was happy. Her family will remember her as a kind, warm person with a heart of gold. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her.
June was the loving mother of Mary Ducharme of Winchester; Theresa Gagner of Feeding Hills; and James Gagner Jr. and his wife Loren of Warren. She was the proud grandmother of Edward III, Nicholas, Jordan, Claire, Samuel and Austin. She is also survived by her twin brother Gene “Jeep” Gerry and his wife Lorraine of Tewksbury, and sister-in-law Barbara Gerry of Virginia. She was the sister of the late Elbridge “Fred” Gerry. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Visiting Hours were held on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to MSPCA-Angell, 350 Huntington Ave., Boston MA 02130. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit gatelyfh.com.