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June V. Halpin

1/27/2017


June V. Halpin (nee Peters), age 78, of Wayne, NJ and Palm City, FL, died peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2017.

June was born and grew up in Passaic, NJ. She graduated from Passaic High School with the Class of 1956.

Her first job was that of a switchboard operator for the Ivory Diaper Company of Passaic. Back before disposable diapers were invented, June was one of the ladies that answered the phone when you called when you needed a diaper delivery or pickup, and she considered it a much better job than being the dirty diaper pickup person.

In 1970, June moved to Wayne and started working as a secretary and payroll processor for Industrial Metal Fabricating Company, Inc. of Wayne – a metal fabricator involved in many large scale projects including the building of the toll booths for the George Washington Bridge as well as all the toll booths on the New York Thruway and New Jersey and Pennsylvania Turnpikes, and the fabrication of missile containers.

There were two gentlemen that owned Industrial Metal Fabricators and one of them was a guy named John “Jack” Halpin. June cared more for one of the owners and, at first, it wasn’t Jack. But, like many things, we all experience in this life, first impressions aren’t always the most accurate and eventually June and Jack took a liking to each other. In fact, Jack one day asked June out and their first date was just out for lunch. Their second date was to see a play on Broadway in New York City. As the saying goes, “the rest is history!” They married on Saturday, May 25, 1974 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Wayne. Following a garden reception in June’s back yard in Wayne, the newlyweds enjoyed a honeymoon in Puerto Rico. They returned home and began their life together as husband and wife - a loving relationship that lasted forty years and they experienced many memorable and pleasant moments until Jack’s passing in July of 2014. June remained a resident of Wayne until her passing – a total of 47 years.

An astute woman herself, after marriage June continued to work with Jack in the family business rising through the ranks from that initial position of secretary to ultimately become the company’s vice president. Then, in 1991, the business was sold and June and Jack began a season of retirement enjoying trips to Palm City, FL where they lived part of each year at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club while always maintaining their residence in Wayne.

June was a woman who was packed with boundless energy. Her idea of relaxation was getting together three days a week with her girlfriends in Florida to play a Chinese card game called Mahjong and, if there was a Bingo night being offered, you know that’s where she could be found. June also had a seventh sense for finding Tricky Trays and Garage Sales. She just couldn’t resist them. She’d come home all excited at the great things she won or bought and most of the time, she wasn’t buying them for herself. Instead, she had a family member or friend in mind to give her acquired treasures to. June was always thinking about special things she could do for others. She loved people and she especially loved gathering both sides of her family together for Sunday dinner, holidays, and summer barbeques, many of those times celebrated at the Halpin Ponderosa Country Estate, a gentlemen’s farm she and Jack owned and liked to spend time at.

June was also extremely charitable – especially to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – an organization that grew near-and-dear to her heart as a result of a family relative being diagnosed. She not only donated lots of money but also lots of time – over 30 years in all, volunteering as a coordinator for too many fundraising dinners to count. She also had a special place in her heart for down-and-out animals – especially cats. She had no problem finding feral cats and converting them to house pets. She’d also rescue them from shelters and she had three or four of them at the farm. June presently had a precious three-year old kitty in Florida named Mila.

A faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Consolation Church in Wayne during her 47 years in the town, when in New Jersey, she never missed a mass, usually attending on Saturday afternoons then going out for dinner with friends to either the Village Inn or the Paris Inn. In Florida too, she always faithfully attended mass followed by dinner at favorites like the Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, or the Outback Steakhouse.

June is survived by her dear brother Al and wife Cathy Pietrkowsky of Hamburg; nephew Barry and wife Darlena Schiro of Woodland Park; niece Karen Napodano of Clifton; two aunts: Rita Casteline of Totowa, and Elizabeth Mattaliano of Wayne; and many cousins. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 40 years – John “Jack” C Halpin.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of Consolation R.C. Church, 1799 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, where at 10:00AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Entombment will follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa.

Those planning an expression of sympathy in June’s name are asked to consider the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814 (www.cff.org), or the Wayne Animal Shelter, 201 Pompton Plains Crossroad, Wayne, NJ 07470.

Guest Book

1/29/2017

Al &a Cathy, We're so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear sister. I know you had many fond memories of her that you've shared with the Traffic Bureau crew over the years. Please accept our condolences and may you keep those cherished memories of her close to you and your family in the years ahead.

Paul Dring

1/29/2017

Allie, spoke to your sister recently and she was feeling good...she always talked about you and loved you so much...she was my very good friend ...you have my love and good wishes ......love, Fran.

Frances. M moscato

1/29/2017

Remember 'Auntie June' my entire life. I can hear her voice and hear her kind words Whenever she came to visit. Condolences to you all for your loss of such a wonderful woman. Jacquie Stivala (wootsy's daughter)

Jacquie stivala

1/30/2017

Al & Cathy, We are saddened at the news of your dear sister's passing. No matter our age, it is no less painful to lose a loved one, who has been so close for your entire life. May the fond memories you hold of June, help to heal your broken hearts. You remain in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Don & Sandi Stouthamer

1/30/2017

Dear Allie and Kathy, Sending you my love and sincere sympathy. I miss our numerous phone calls every day, our tricky trays, bingo, lunches and dinners, shopping online together, playing cards, playing Rummicube and the numerous other things Junie and did together. I am here for you. Love, Rita

Rita Marie Casteline

1/31/2017

June was one of the sweetest people I have ever met! She also was a huge dominos enthusiast. Her cheery smile will be missed greatly...but she will join her Jack! Hope there is Mah Jong in heaven!

Mary Neuhaus

1/31/2017

What a lovely lady, always thinking of others. I met her at the Hospice luncheon and she told me our number had been in the Harbour Ridge News for a free dinner. Said she always looked up the numbers in case someone missed theirs--that's how thoughtful she was. We'll all miss her and her warm smile.

Jody Braskamp

1/31/2017

So sorry to hear about the passing of your sister Al. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Joanne & Ed Hanlon

2/1/2017

Now June will be with her love forever...may she Rest In Peace. A good friend.

Suzanne Hiro

2/23/2017

Allie & Cathy: Got a call the other night from Darlene, who let us know about Aunt June passing. Very upset! My cell phone umber is (609)932-1361. Maria

Joe & Maria Adukinas (Maria Meyer)


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