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 June Elaine <I>Helstrom</I> Lash

June Elaine Helstrom Lash

Cook, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
Death 17 Sep 2009 (aged 86)
North Pole, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 42191439 · View Source
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Obituary from the Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner newspaper, dated Sunday, September 20, 2009, page B-2:

Longtime North Pole resident June Elaine Lash, 86, joined the Lord in heaven on Sept. 17, 2009. June was born June 18, 1923, to Paul and Lillian V. Helstrom in Cook, Minn. June's extraordinary strong will to live was acquired at birth. Born at 2 pounds, she survived her twin sister. June grew up with one brother and two sisters on a farm in Minnesota. As a young adult, she assisted her father at the log mill. June married Charles E. Almquist and had two sons and two daughters.

In 1948, June moved to Fairbanks. She married Paul A. Lash on Dec. 24, 1952. They worked hard to raise ten children together. Paul and June owned a bakery that produced pies and pastries for local stores and restaurants. June worked at Co-op Soda Fountain, the Switzerland and the Traveler's Inn. Paul and June Lash became property owners in Pennsylvania and Alaska. This gave them the opportunity to assist their parents in their times of need.

June's hobbies included berry picking, canning and fishing. She loved to crochet, especially beautiful afghans she gave as gifts to her friends and loved ones. Her favorite pastimes were playing cards and bingo. She cherished spending time with her family.

June will be remembered for her unfailing sense of humor, strength of character and loving nature. Her charismatic personality left a lasting impression on every person she met. Her cheerful manner brought joy and inspiration to those fortunate enough to have shared time with her. She will be greatly missed as she touched the hearts of so many while she was with us, especially her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Lillian V. Helstrom; in-laws William and Katherine Almquist and James F. and Edna E. Lash; brother, Morris P. Helstrom; sisters, Deloris J. Flack and Vivian A. Kummurt; son, William C. Almquist; daughter, Marie E. Thibedeau; granddaughter, Shawneen A. Thibedeau; son-in-law, Douglas McGee; and daughters-in-law Sandra Almquist and Judee Lash.

She is survived by her children and their spouses: Kent and Rita Almquist, Paulette and Paul "Bo" Moneymaker, Sandra Baker, Barbara A. and Jim Brown, Allen Lash, Judy and Fred Johnson, and Cindy and Tim Conley, Randy Lash; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Chapel of Chimes. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Chapel of Chimes with the burial service following at Birch Hill Cemetery. The service will be officiated by Don Thibedeau. Arrangements were by Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.





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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for June Elaine Helstrom Lash (18 Jun 1923–17 Sep 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42191439, citing Birch Hill Cemetery, Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .