June R. Hovey, 73

Published 8:34 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

June R. Hovey, 73

Our beautiful and beloved mother, June R. Hovey, 73, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, at Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.

June was born Feb. 25, 1945, in Preston, Minnesota, to Reuben and Anastasia (Bauers) Barth. Later on, the family moved to Austin, where she attended Austin High School, married, and had six children. She remained a resident there for the remainder of her life.

As a devoted mother, she was especially proud of each of her children and grandchildren. They were her pride and joy, and she lit up with excitement during every visit. She cherished making special family meals around the holidays, ensuring everyone had their favorites. She was a passionate sports fan; hockey was in her blood. She lovingly housed Austin Maverick players and watched every Minnesota Wild and Austin Bruins game she could. June loved the Minnesota Vikings and bled purple every fall! In addition to her sports, June enjoyed bowling, crafting, camping and computer games. However, animals held a special place in her heart. She had many pets, but dogs were her favorite companions.

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June is survived by her children, Bob (Martina) Hovey, Champlin, Minnesota, Brenda (Steve) Thein, Austin, Becky (John) Sheehan, Shakopee, Minnesota, Barry (Cindy) Hovey, Austin, and Bill Hovey, Austin; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reuben and Anastasia Barth; daughter, Barbara Nelson; fiancé, Earling Pinke; and siblings, Gene Barth, Delores Joseph, Beverly Ryks and Joan Barth.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 25, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. Shari Mason officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service on Friday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.