Loving Wife of Leon Nesvacil; Mother of John Romanik (Cindy), Jim Romanik (Paula), Joe Romanik (Polly S.); Mother-in-law to Larry Marquardt (Carol Ann Zander); Loving friend of Leon's children, Kaytee Rath (Tom), Michael Nesvacil, and Zani Nesvacil (Kim Williams); Grandmother to her and Leon's grandchildren, Brent Romanik (Becky), Amber Gears, Nathan Marquardt (Jenny), Tony Marquardt, Sarah Patch (Shane), Danielle Sapp (Rovia), Hannah Hendricks (Alex), Melissa Romanik, Zoe Nesvacil, Sarah Rath, Adam Rath, Lisa Rath, Lauren Rath, Naomi Rath- Nesvacil, Katie Grace Rath- Nesvacil, Ruth Rath,and Tiki Oswald; Great Grandmother to her and Leon's great grandchildren, Jeager, JaKari, Aaliyah, Cole, Brodye, Cooper, Stella, Julian, Henry, Theo, Ella, Kaleb, Daniel (Kayla), Drew, and Jaxson; Great Great Grandmother to her and Leon’s Great Great grandchildren, Henry, Walter, and Cora; Sister-in-law to Harriet Sayre; Aunt to Randy Sayre, Wendy Weberg (Rob), and Patricia Sayre-Krier.
June had a Life-long friend in Karen Jaspers. She was blessed with many special neighbor friends who loved and cared for her. She will be greatly missed by everyone
June took a job as cashier at Knowlans in Maplewood, so she had a flexible schedule to meet the kids after school. Later she got a job at West Publishing where she worked for approximately 22 years. After she retired, she decided that she needed "something to do" so she took a job as a lunch lady at Royal Oaks Elementary school . She loved children, they brought joy to her face. She said that this was her "favorite" job.
She loved her family fiercely. She spent countless hours at 5am hockey practices, football, T-ball, and baseball games. She nursed us through illnesses and injuries both physical and emotional. She would have done anything for us.
June was a life-long caregiver. She took care of her mother who had breast cancer until her death. Afterwards she took care of her mother's children. Many times June would refer to not having a mother when referring to things girls learn from their mothers. June married Jerry Romanik at 17 (1 day short of her 18th birthday), she started a family and took care of them through all of her life. She took care of them while battling her own breast cancer. When Jerry was diagnosed with lung cancer she became his nurse, dietician, and caregiver until he passed away in 2002. When her daughter June was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer June became her daughter's cheerleader and confidant. June married Leon Nesvacil in Sept 2008. She traveled with him and became his main caregiver as he aged, in her last 20 years of life. She said her best year was the year she started dating him.
In Feb 2023, June was diagnosed with liver cancer. In the months before her death, June continued to be a caregiver of her family. She ensured that her plans were well known and She ensured that Leon was transitioned and settled in a safe and caring place where he will be expertly looked after. She sorted and dispersed items, papers, and nostalgic trinkets. June worked tirelessly, most times we now suspect, in pain, to ensure everything was done or well known, before she passed. She would not take anything for her pain until this work was completed. June put us all before herself in countless situations.
June was a voracious reader. She loved new (different)books and going to the library. She loved puzzles. She would complete a puzzle and would exchange puzzles with Karen so she could try her hand at them too. There were very few puzzles that she didn't like.
She was active in her church, Saint Mary of the Lake. She crocheted prayer shawls for the sick and baby blankets for baptisms. She had a special connection with Father Talbot. She thought he was a really "cool" priest. June said that she did not care where her service was as long as Father Talbot was doing the service. "It can be held in a parking lot for all I care" as long as he was there.
June found beauty everywhere, she loved any flower, the moon shining in her bedroom window, sunsets and sunrises.
June was a Graduate of Harding High school if you have ever traveled to any campground in Wisconsin you know why this matters. June loved camping at Mallard lake and Rosenthal's on Webb Lake and all of the people she met along the way. June enjoyed the casino and trips during fall to see the leaf color changes.
June's friends were very important to her. She has a friend who knows her history. The good, the bad, and the spectacular. Karen Jaspers was this friend. If you want to laugh, ask Karen for a story or two - one includes sliding head first down a banister. June looked forward to her visits and phone calls. She found peace in her voice. June had many friends and neighbors who checked in on her regularly and supported her family through June's transition to heaven. Karen, Lynn, Meg, Barb, Robin, and Ann would check in on her regularly. June was blessed to have such good friends.
In the coming months and years please remember to look up at the moon and send June a good thought.
She will be smiling on us all.
**Published in the Pioneer Press**
June E. Nesvacil (formerly Romanik)
Age 82 of Hugo and formerly of Oakdale.
Passed away on August 25th surrounded by her family.
Preceded in death by her first husband of 43 years, Jerry Romanik and their daughter, June Marquardt.
June is survived by her husband, Leon; children, John (Cindy), Jim (Paula) and Joe (Polly S.) and by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family members.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am with visitation beginning at 10:00am on Friday, September 8th at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4690 Bald Eagle Ave., White Bear Lake. Private, family burial at Union Cemetery in Maplewood.
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.