June Goodyke – Crookston Times

June Goodyke, 98, of Crookston died on October 2, 2022 at Benedictine Living Community Crookston.
June was born to John and Minnie (Brower) Geerts in Holland, Michigan on August 10, 1924. At just 13, she graduated from Holland Elementary School and started working at a local restaurant, became a nanny neighborhood, was employed in two different factories and, as an only child, was the guardian of her parents. She met John Goodyke in 1964 on a blind date, when John and his parents came to Michigan for the winters from Crookston. After traveling between Michigan and Minnesota, June and John were married on November 26, 1965, and took up residence on their farm north of Crookston.
June and John were very active members of the Christian Reformed Church in Crookston and her faith remained very important to her throughout her life. After the church closed, she stayed in touch with two very special friends, Jennie Andringa and Fern LaFleur. Even though June had no children, she was “Junie” to her great-nieces and great-nephews and always had chocolate chip cookies for them. June loved board games and she and John played a game every night. John died on January 28, 2008 during a blizzard. The weather that night was something she never forgot.
After John’s death, June stayed on the farm. His house was directly across from his nephew and niece, Richard and Kathy Goodyke. June opened her curtains at 8 a.m. and closed them at 8 p.m., which became the unspoken signal that all was well. In June 2018, Kathy had left before 8 a.m. and on returning at noon she saw that the June curtain was still closed. She discovered that June had sprained her ankle and was lying on the ground. June then moved to The Summit in Crookston, part of the Villa St. Vincent complex which offered assisted living. A few years later, she was transferred to Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home and more recently to Memory Care Center. June was known for her humility, independence, stubbornness and her ability to wheel her wheelchair down the halls. She loved bingo and didn’t want to miss a game.
June is survived by cousins ​​from Michigan. She was able to keep in touch with her cousin, Angie Vander Heuvel, until recently. John’s family includes nieces and nephews: Dennis Goodyke, Richard and Kathy Goodyke, Nancie Goodyke, Ron and Mary Goodyke, Dean and Diane Frisk, Janet and Les Sannes, and Jerry and Kim Michaelson; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
June was predeceased by her husband, John; her parents, John and Minnie Geerts; a younger brother, Jay Geerts; and from John’s side of the family: Henry and Mamie Goodyke, Anton and Claire Goodyke, and Helen and Lavern Michaelson. She has now been reunited in heaven with a special great-nephew, Darren Goodyke; and his niece, Debbie Wikoff.
June Goodyke’s funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022 at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with Bill Humiston, Spiritual Care Coordinator of Benedictine Living Community Crookston, officiating. Visits will take place one hour before the service. The funeral will be streamed live by going to the June obituary page at www.stenshoelhouske.com and clicking on the prompt to view. Interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Memorials at the Benedictine Living Community Center would be greeted by family in lieu of flowers.

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