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June Marilyn Johnson Siebach (October 19, 1934 – June 30, 2024)

June Marilyn Johnson Siebach (October 19, 1934 – June 30, 2024)

June Marilyn Johnson Siebach, age 89, long-time resident of Rochester, New York, passed away on June 30, 2024, returning to the loving arms of her husband Marty.

June was born October 19, 1934, in Plattsburg, New York. She was the daughter of Joseph Johnson and Marie Holt and was raised with her sister Marie on a 250-acre farm in Morrisonville, New York. From her parents she learned the value of service, resilience, creativity, and cleanliness.

June attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse at the edge of their property. Classmates took turns ringing the school bell and starting the wood stove. At recess, June would go ice skating and sledding or throw the ball over the roof to her friends. June always thought school was fun.

On her walk home from school, June often stopped by her Aunt Amanda’s house and fruit stand, where she enjoyed fresh tomato sandwiches and corn on the cob, or picked up a hotdog and soda at their store. June spent as much time there as at her own home, learning the values of hard work and kindness.

June loved to be outdoors. She enjoyed walking along the brook, feeling the cold water around her ankles. She walked the woods on their property, carrying a little pistol for protection from wild animals. She often went fishing and hunting with her father, played in the snow, rode her bicycle to her friends’ homes, and swam in Lake Champlain. She could never remember feeling bored. June loved spending time in the Adirondack Mountains with its cool, fresh air. She cherished the beautiful views and fall colors of Keene Valley, and loved to listen to the water flowing over Ausable Chasm and Schuyler Falls.

June attended middle and high school in Peru, NY, where she participated in various sports, went to baseball and basketball games, and always attended the dances. She wrote for the school newspaper and contributed to the yearbook. June loved the freedom of driving and was often the chauffeur for her mother, who loved to shop in Plattsburg. June would hop in the ’36 Ford Convertible or her little pink jeep and go to town to see movies, pick up her favorite chocolate sundae, or stop by Clare and Carl’s roadside stand for a Michigan hotdog.

June attended Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating with a business degree in 1957. Taking up the only sport available to women on campus, June joined the RIT fencing team, which became an important and joyful part of her life. During her four years on the team, June served as captain of the squad for three seasons, and she never lost a dual meet match. She reached the semi-finals in tryouts for the 1956 Olympic Women’s Fencing Team, won the individual championship in the Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association in 1957, and that same year was named RIT’s Female Athlete of the Year. In 1975, June was the first woman inducted into RIT’s Sports Hall of Fame.

While at RIT, June met Martin James Siebach (Marty). She felt it was her good fortune to marry “the most wonderful man on earth,” and loved him dearly. They were married for forty-seven years before he passed away in 2005. Together, they were blessed with fourteen children: Paul (Gretchen) Siebach, Jeannine (Rob) Metzfield, Anita (Mark) MacDonald, Mark (Cyndi) Siebach, Memory (Richard) Hark, Theresa Clay, Cynthia (Scott) Lindeman, Sandra (Terry) Marler, Margo Tew, Deborah (Scott) Ey, Colleen (Jim) Mitchell, Michelle (Joshua) Dinerstein, Sharlene (Jay) Goodliffe, and Matthew Siebach.

June was a loving mother and the matriarch of a large family. Besides her fourteen children, she welcomed fifty-five grandchildren and sixty-one great-grandchildren into her heart and home. She often expressed how her children “brought immeasurable joy” into her life, and she considered her grandchildren and great grandchildren “a real bonus.” An excellent home manager, she used her skills to keep her family organized and happy. June was thrifty and could “make do or do without,” and still have enough to share. Leading by example, June taught her children the value of hard work, cleanliness, persistence, and charity.

June and Marty shared their love of nature with their children. There were regular outings to Grimes Glen, Letchworth Park, Hamlin Beach, Lake Ontario, and other places around Rochester. On their annual camping trips to the Adirondack Mountains, the family enjoyed climbing mountains, swimming, canoeing, singing around the campfire, and eating scones cooked over a fire.

June created memories around a large table in a little kitchen. Guests and family members alike can still taste her drop donuts, Michigan hot dogs, wheat burgers, macaroni and tomato soup, homemade wheat bread, and apple pie. She added wheat to the meat and broth to the soup, allowing all to be fed at the table. From teammates to neighbors, she developed meaningful friendships that spanned different ages and circumstances.

June was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which brought direction and meaning to her life. She strongly believed in Jesus Christ and worked diligently to share her testimony of Him with others. She followed the example of her Savior in serving those around her. Among her many positions in the Church, she frequently led the youth programs and women’s Relief Society. She loved studying the Gospel and taught early-morning seminary to the youth in her home for several years.

Believing that families are forever, June and Marty traveled across the country to be sealed for eternity in the Saint George, Utah Temple. Throughout her life, June worked tirelessly to extend these same temple blessings to her ancestors through family history work. June will be missed but welcomed by loved ones who preceded her in death, including her husband Marty and her children Theresa, Cynthia, and Matthew.

Funeral services will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1400 Westfall Road, Rochester, New York. Visiting hours will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the same location and will continue after the service until 11:30 a.m. A private family interment service will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery. A live video stream of the funeral will be available upon request. At a later date, a live video stream of the funeral will be available here. Please check back.

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