June Wanczyk, age 85 of Wall, S.D., died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
June Ailene Weller was born June 6, 1927, at Arriba, Colo., the daughter of Leonard “Bill” and Stella (Anderson) Weller. She grew up and received her education in Arriba, graduating from Arriba High School in May 1945. She attended Bonnie Beauty School in Denver, graduating in November 1946.
She met her husband to be in Denver and was married to Joseph L. Wanczyk on June 10, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Denver. A son, Gerard, was born to this union on December 3, 1954. The family moved to Philip in May 1957 to manage the Senechal Hotel with her father, L.G. Weller, who owned it. In July 1962, he passed away so they bought the hotel from the estate.
June later found that her heart was not in beauty work, so after talking with her family, decided to go back to nursing school at the age of 43. In 1969, June began nursing school at Presentation College in Aberdeen. June made it home often during college, or the family would travel to Aberdeen to see each other. In May 1973, June graduated from nursing school, the same week that their son graduated from Philip High School.
June worked as a nurse for 30 years, retiring at the age of 78. June and Joe worked at Sacred Heart Parish and were always glad when they could help. June and Joe later moved to Wall, and became members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Wall.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Wanczyk, Wall; her son, Gerard “Jerry” Wanczyk and his wife, Colleen, Glenview, Ill.; a grandson, Jordan Wanczyk, Milwaukee, Wis.; a sister, Shirley Josserand and her husband, Orville, Kadoka; two brothers, Harold D. Weller and his wife, Clara Belle, Kadoka, and William Oscar Weller and his wife, Jean, Kadoka; and numerous nieces and nephews.
June was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ivalene Weller and Marjorie Borbely; and two brothers, Duane and Robert Weller.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall, with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant.
Interment will be 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is established to the Philip Nursing Home.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com