June Stockus-Stevens passed away peacefully at LincolnHealth – Miles Campus on March 20 after battling pancreatic cancer.
June Althea Stockus was born in Canton, Mass., June 19, 1955. She was the last of six children born to Winifred and “Gus” Stockus.
She attended Canton High and was a standout swimmer, holding several team records for many years. She was a charter member of the BUC and developed life-long friendship with Lynn, Mary, Lou, Joanne and Lassie. She attended Mass College of Art and received her BFA in illustration. She worked at Rustcraft greeting cards for several years until they moved to Pennsylvania, and she stayed in Massachusetts to marry her physical therapist, Jim.
She had her first child Jason (a case of the flu) in 1984, followed by her planned child Jaclyn in 1990, whom they adopted from South Korea. She enjoyed every minute of being a mom, spending countless hours with the kids on picnic wagon walks to town, and later, in many, many, long swim meets. It was at these swim meets that she made a connection with her best friend, Eileen, sharing many adventures, laughs, and much love.
She started working at Boothbay Region Elementary School as a substitute and was quickly asked to be full time, landing in the 5-6 Resource Room, a very appropriate place for a left hand dyslectic who was constantly flipping numbers. She enjoyed sharing her rather loud and passionate love of reading with students and staff alike. June made many wonderful friends at the school many helping with her care until the end.
When not at work, June spent most of her time walking, or on West Harbor Pond, swimming and paddle-boarding with her family and beloved dog Jamaica, or simply watching the sun go down with Jim.
June possessed a huge compassionate heart that was always open to those in need, her child-like joy and contagious laugh will be sorely missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.
June leaves a large extended family: husband, Jim Stevens; son, Jason Stockus Stevens and wife Katherine Stevens; daughter, Jaclyn Park Macomber and husband Travis Macomber; brothers, Arthur Stockus and wife Sandy, Peter Stockus and wife Eileen; sisters, Carolyn Harrington and husband Bob, Kathy Wiberg and husband Ron, and Paula and husband Harry. She also has many nephews and nieces whose adventure she took great joy in following.
A private celebration of her life will be held in the summer.
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Hall Funeral Home and Tribute Center has care of the arrangements.