Madison -June A. Quinn, age 85, passed away of bile duct cancer on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born on October 8, 1927 in Madison, the daughter of Cecil and Rose (Simanek) Herling. June graduated from West High School and attended the University of Wisconsin. She worked in the 1947 Session of the State Legislature. In 1948, she married Dr. Frank C. Larson and three children were born to that marriage. Her children attended Hoyt School where she was a very active volunteer in school activities. In 1956, the family built a home on Plymouth Circle. In 1970, she married John N. Quinn and moved to his home on the Plymouth Circle where she lived for the rest of her life. In 1969, she returned to work in the Assembly of Legislature as a Legislative Aide and retired in 1989.
June cared deeply for her family, and was happiest when planning a get together or a holiday with them. Besides her beloved family and friends, her interests were politics and participating in many animal rights organizations. She traveled extensively, and had a great fondness for clothes and shoes.
She is survived by her husband, John "Jack" Quinn; a daughter, Karen Larson; sons, Alan (Laurie) Larson and Donn (Trish) Larson; step-daughter, Cathy (David) Quinn-Kinney; grandchildren, Teri (Scott) Jones, Jamie (Ashley) Larson, Erik and Alex Larson, Tyler and Courtney Larson; great grandchild, Lucas Larson, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, and her brother, Don Herling.
Funeral services will be held at ROSELAWN MEMORIAL PARK CHAPEL, 401 Femrite Drive, Monona, on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will be held at Roselawn on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
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Teri's eulogy to Grandma:
I feel an enormous sense of responsibility speaking today because it is hard to do my grandma justice. I think we can all agree that there was nobody quite like her. At the same time, I'm honored to speak in celebration of her life, and in doing so I hope to bring comfort through her memory.
When I think of my grandma I think of beauty. My friends used to marvel at how great she looked, saying "That's your grandma?" And with a lot of pride I'd respond, with "Yep, she is!" I loved showing her off because she always looked fantastic. Nobody's grandma looked as good as mine. In fact, several times people asked if she was my mother. From head to toe, grandma always had the perfectly coordinated outfit that matched her perfect make up, hair, and nails. And yes, she looked that good even when she was cleaning the house. She always had a beat on the newest fashions and fun things to buy, and I am convinced she received every mail-order catalog in the world. I always enjoyed the fact that I could shop for anything and everything from the stack of catalogs in her kitchen.
Beauty describes my grandma's character as well. The person she was inside was expressed through her passion for animals. She was an active member of several animal rights groups including PETA, ASPCA, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Alliance for Animals. At home she took care of all the animals around her. She always had food out for the rabbits and squirrels that visited her yard. She had her dog, Tiffany, who she adored, and after Tiffany passed on she got her "dog fix" by walking the neighbor's dog named Sophie, and giving treats to another neighbor's dog named "Maddie" who'd come to visit on occasion. She cared so deeply for animals that during the winter she'd lie awake at night worried about all the wildlife being too cold or not having enough to eat. She was a truly caring person.
I also think of fun when I think of my grandma. Up until a couple years ago the grass never grew under her feet. She was always on the go with her family and friends; going out for lunch, shopping, to the movies, seeing Broadway shows and plays, birthday clubs...you name it. She didn't just see movies- she saw the newest movies, knew all of the popular television shows, loved to travel, and was very well informed on current events. She definitely was the coolest, trendiest grandma on Earth.
The state capitol also reminds me of my grandma. When I was young, I used to love visiting her at work and following her around the building. I can still hear the sound of her spiked heels on the marble floors, and remember the red carpet in her office. We used to watch the holiday parade from her office window, which was always followed with a trip to the Badger Candy kitchen and to Manchester's on the square. She also used to bring home boxes of scratch paper from work that had a blue image of the capitol on it. For several years, we used that paper to color and draw pictures.
Family was more important to grandma than anything else in the world. She was very proud of every one of us. Grandma was involved in each of our lives, and was our designated "news central." Everyone checked in with her regularly, so one phone conversation with her was all it took to get caught up on what all the other family members were up to. Our family gatherings always began with happy hour and hors d'oeuvres, and inevitably we ended up laughing so hard that we were all in tears. Christmas Eve at Grandma's was particularly special. It was truly a traditional Christmas celebration with tons of food, laughte
June was such a center of attention. Her energy and style were truly unique. What a fun mom. I will miss hearing stories about her. She is at peace now. But, I feel she will always be around.
Living next door to June, I was blessed to observe June's kindness, graciousness, and loving heart, first-hand, for over 20 years.
She was a lady in the true sense of the word.
I will miss her very much.
She now rests in the Peace of Christ, where we all hope to join her one day.
My condolences to the family. I'll remember the wonderful time I had wih your Mom when we went to the Ebony Fashion Fair.
Oh, I so loved June, one FINE LADY!! :) RIP, I WILL MISS YOU!!
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