Junellen Chase ... enjoyed being housewife; at 84

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ROCHESTER - Junellen (Osborne) Chase died at home peacefully with family by her side on Nov. 1, 2023. Carrying on her beautiful legacy are her daughters, Shana (& Jon) Ellis and Kara (& Jay) Landry of Rochester; her grandchildren Jordan, Connor, Ryan and Kate; her sister, Gloria (Osborne) Buttrick; her Godchildren Jon, Catherine, Ren, Candi, and Jim. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Mary Osborne, Louise Osborne, and Linda Ferguson, as well as brother-in-law Chic Maggio, and many nieces and nephews.

Born on May 28, 1939 in Rochester, to Downing W. and Gretta (Welch) Osborne, June was the second-youngest of six children who grew up on Church Street in Gonic. After attending Gonic Elementary School, she was a proud graduate of Spaulding High School's Class of 1957 and worked in payroll at Hubbard Shoe in Rochester. Father Donald H. Marsh married Zane J. Chase and Junellen Osborne at the Church of the Redeemer on July 2, 1960 with her sister, Gloria Buttrick by her side and Zane's brother, Arthur ("Bud") Lambert, by his. A happy sixty-one years of marriage followed.

June was a devoted wife and mother. She and Zane eventually welcomed daughters Shana, Kara and Joni and was happy as a stay-at-home mother. Always selfless, June loved being Zane's wife and her girls' "Mum" fully. Once the girls were in school, resourceful and talented June partnered up with her sister, Gloria, on a side gig painting and wallpapering the homes of family and friends. Many rooms across Rochester have been spruced up by their busy, creative hands and hard work, with many conversations and laughs between sisters taking place at the same time.

An active member of the Church of the Redeemer for many years included singing in the Senior Choir. In later years she enjoyed volunteering her time in the Trinity Anglican Church Thrift shop. During the Christmas season, she was also part of the Rochester Chorus and their performance of Handel's Messiah, which ran for several weeks.

She went back to work as Office Manager at the Rural District Health Council in Farmington. She enjoyed working in the office of this small visiting nurse's agency that was acquired by Cornerstone VNA, from where she retired. Retirement consisted of countless hours enjoying her four grandchildren and traveling with Zane. In addition to annual trips to their "home away from home" timeshare on St. Maarten, they enjoyed visiting new places, including celebrating their 25th Anniversary in Hawaii.

A quiet, gentle, kind lady, June was a wonderful supporter of her family and friends and loved them deeply, and the center of this was her grandchildren. She has been reunited with her husband Zane, and daughter Joni, as well as her parents and four of her siblings: William Osborne, Kenneth (& Diane) Osborne, Nancy (& Clyde) Gray, and Robert Osborne.

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