June's Story

June Voisine, died at the age of 95 at St. Joseph's Memory Care facility in Frenchville, Maine. June was born on June 11, 1921 in Fort Kent the daughter of Arthur and Eveline (Theriault) Deschaine.

June was a 1940 graduate of the Madawaska Training School and received her third year degree in 1954 from Fort Kent Normal School. She began her teaching career at the age of 18 in the Violette Settlements, in Fort Kent, where she taught 38 students, K- 8th, in a one-room school house. Due to the distance from her home, she boarded at one of the student's home during the week and went home (South Perley Brook) on weekends. After paying for her room and board, and the expense of nylon stockings, which got ruined on the old school benches, nothing much was left from her pay. Apparently this did not deter her enthusiasm for teaching because she continued as a teacher of the first grade at the St. Louis school, K through the 3rd grade at Baxter Street school and finished her career as first grade teacher at the Market Street school. All of these schools were in the Fort Kent area. June taught for a total of 31 years. After her retirement, former students came up to her and thanked her and talked about the many wonderful memories they had of her and how she made learning fun for them. Though she did not have children of her own, she considered them all her children. Night after night, she would draw free hand pictures for the kids to color, or exercises to reinforce what she had taught them that day. Most of these years were prior to duplicating machines, and definitely before computers and copying machines. A few years ago, her nursery rhymes that she drew while teaching at the Baxter Street school were still in existence in an elementary school classroom. Of course they were retouched and laminated, but they were her original free hand drawings. Her dedication and concern for her students was always a priority, it even extended to making sure that mittens and socks were made available to those in need. Anyone hearing June talk about teaching, realized how she truly loved what she had chosen for a career.

After retirement, she taught in the Fort Kent Adult Education program for two years and briefly substitute taught. For twenty years, June and her husband, Lorenzo, enjoyed their 6 months stay in Florida during the winter months and their camp in Eagle Lake in the summertime. She loved to go fishing and dancing with him, and liked to entertain the relatives and friends that stopped by to visit them including their ten godchildren!

June was a lifetime VFW Auxilliary member and held the position of President and Chair of all offices at one time or another. She also was a lifetime member in the following: Ladies of Ste. Anne, University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association, and Disabled Veteran Auxilliary. June belonged to the Maine Retirement Association, NEA, and was a member of the Fort Kent Senior Citizens' Club.

June quietly contributed to many charitable organizations, especially those that involved children in need. She loved to listen to the EWTN channel, which was a great comfort and companion to her after the death of her husband.

June was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Lorenzo; her parents, Arthur and Eveline Deschaine; two sisters, Edmay Higgins, Claudette Wood; a nephew, Travis Grover; and a niece, Rita Lord. She is survived by her sister, Christine Grover and her husband, Ronald, of Ashland and cousin/sister, Egline Charette of Fort Kent and a brother-in-law, Arthur Wood of Augusta . She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She enjoyed the cards and letters that she received from them and especially the visits when they stopped in to see her.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, July 23, at the St. Louis church in Fort Kent, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Father Phillip Cyr as the celebrant. A reception will be held at K of C Hall following the internment. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John Vianney Food Pantry, or a charity of your choosing. Services are in the Care of Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. Go in peace June, and may God be with you for eternity.
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