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June Roettger, 79, Pepin

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June Virginia Roettger, 79, passed away Saturday, July 18, at her home in Pepin, Wis. She was surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Hixon Township, Wis., to Walter Lou and Myrtle Mary Ruggles. June spent her childhood helping on the family farm north of Withee, Wis. June attended and graduated from the Owen-Withee School. She married James J. Navarre on July 31, 1948. They farmed in the Stanley, Wis., area and then moved to Lake Elmo, Minn. They were later divorced. She married Edward H. Roettger on May 27, 1965. He preceded her in death.

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After her marriage to Ed, their family moved back to Withee. They purchased a small farm. Following Ed's death, June sold the farm and moved to Pepin. She fulfilled her lifelong dream of traveling by getting her class "A" CDL license, purchasing a semi-tractor and driving cross-country with Carl Barnes, also of Pepin. After their trucking career ended, June became an in-home day care provider until her retirement.

June is survived by her children: Linda Navarre of Lake Lillian, Minn., Steven Navarre of Arlington, Ore., Lon (Joy) Navarre of St. Paul, Minn., Debra (Jim) Sexton of Wabasha, Minn., Greg (Rita) Navarre of Colby, Wis., Lisa (Roettger) Hetzel of Oceanside, Calif., Todd (Lisa) Roettger of Mondovi, Wis. She is also survived by her brother, Jerry Lee (Ethel) Ruggles, Columbus, Miss.; sister, Mary Lou Cluff of Tucson, Ariz., and her partner, Carl Barnes. In addition to her husband, Edward H. Roettger, she is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers (James Walter and Robert Darrell) and an infant sister, Evelyn Myrtle.

June had requested cremation. There will be no funeral or visitation. Instead, a memorial will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, in Pepin at the Carl Barnes residence, N1081 County Road N. A short tribute will begin at 2 p.m. All friends and family are welcome to enjoy a light lunch and to share memories in celebration of June's life.

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