JUNE BUCHANAN GULLBERG- LOVING WIFE TO JIM FOR SIXTY-THREE YEARS,
MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, AND FRIEND
June Buchanan Gullberg liked to describe herself as independent and active. She was a character, and even her five grandchildren called her, "June," instead of grandma. Organization was her strong suit, and she even had a song about being organized. She put her talent to good use for many years in planning for multiple trips abroad, many of which involved taking her daughters and their families. In 1994, ten family members spent Christmas in London, England, and in 1998, June organized a grand tour of Italy for grand family vacation.
Born of Canadian parents George and Annie Buchanan, June grew up in Detroit with an older brother Donald and a younger sister Helen. She spent many hours, as she put it, "traipsing back to Canada," to see relatives and sometimes to spend some time on the Buchanan family farm in Thamesville, Ontario. When she had children, she used to begin her stories about her childhood as, "When I was a little Buchanan girl..." Often these stories has some kind of lesson about working hard and being thrifty.
After high school, June went to DePauw University where she graduated with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in home economics. That minor provided very useful in helping her land a job with Detroit Edison where she drove around Detroit to demonstrate appliances and appeared on local live television on a cooking show in the late 1940s. After World War II and prior to her marriage in 1949, June would meet with a group of friends, entitled the "Sewing Club," which is still going and has provided lifelong friends and a fabulous social life. She was also active throughout her life in Delta Delta Delta, her college sorority.
June met her husband on a blind date. Married on December 3, 1949, they were the first couple to be married in the chapel of Westminster Church of Detroit, the church which June had attended as a child and to which she still belonged on the day of her death. June, her two daughters, Karen and Carol, and three of her grandchildren all were campers at Camp Westminster. Even as a grandmother, June along with her husband put time in helping the camp. When Jim designed a Celtic cross and the lighting for the climbing tower at the camp, June managed to get the cross installed at cost by a Detroit company. For their efforts, June and Jim earned the Camp Westminster Alumni "W" Award.
In addition to her husband, June is survived by her daughters Karen Gullberg Cook Carol Hudelson (James), Courtney and Andrea Cook, and Stephanie Schweser (Gregory) and grandchildren Neil and Anna Hudelson, and two great-granddaughters, Sonja and Siri Schweser, and many dear friends.
Funeral service Saturday 1:00pm at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (btwn 13-14 Mile).
Family will receive friends Friday 2:00-8:00pm.
Memorial tributes to Westminster Church of Detroit or Camp Westminster, 17567 Hubbell, Detroit, MI 48235
Read June Gullberg's Obituary and Guestbook on desmondfuneralhome.com.