June Paukstat-Boursaw, age 56, of 510 5th Avenue South, Escanaba, died Friday August 25, 2006, at the Marquette General Hospital following a courageous battle with multiple illnesses throughout the past 2 years.
June was born December 9, 1949, in St. Jacques, the daughter of Lawrence and Phyllis Boursaw. She was raised in St. Jacques and attended Catholic school at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Escanaba followed by the completion of her last 2 years of high school in Green Bay. Following school, June moved to St. Paul, MN where she made her home and raised her family until relocating to Escanaba in 2004. June worked for many years as an executive secretary for the 3M Corporation, in St. Paul, before retiring due to health concerns. June is remembered for inspiring those who knew her with courage and strength throughout the battles that she endured due to the failure of her health. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting and taking long drives with family and friends. June enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren, spending many hours of her time with her grandson Marcus. She will be deeply missed.
3 Sons: Larry (Marsha) Paukstat of Escanaba, MI; William Paukstat of Escanaba, MI; Joseph (Janita) St. Cyr of St. Paul, MN
3 Brothers: Carl (Bonnie) Johnson, Duane Johnson and Donald (Kerry) Johnson all of Sagola, MI
2 Sisters: Theresa (Keith) Brewer of Washington Rose Boursaw of Idaho
Also listed among the surviving family are 5 grandchildren, Alicia, Marcus, Brittany, Talya and Cody and many nieces, nephews and cousins
June was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Phyllis, 4 uncles and 1 Aunt
Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Escanaba.
Hey There Gram, It Seems Like Only Yesterday When I Used To Come Visit You In Your Little Apartment. Things Are Just Changing So Fast. It’s Been Four Years And Things Have Been So Confusing And Going By So Fast I Can Barely Keep Up With It All. I Just Miss The Old Days When All I Had To Worry About Was Making You Happy And Loving Every Second I Spent With You. There’s So Much I Say To You During The Day And Remember All The Words You Used To Say To Me That Helped Me Get Through So Many Situations In The Past. I Just Miss You So Much And I Cant Help But Wonder Where You Are Now And I Cant Help But Talk To You Each Day So You Don’t Miss Out On Seeing Me Grow Up In This World. I Love You Gram And I Miss You!
Marc McEntire (Paukstat)
Balsam Lake, WI
wow its been three years. i am doing well, and i miss you like crazy. i wish we could be together one last time. and i think about you every second of my life. i love you gram…
Turtle Lake, WI
It’s been almost two years! I still can’t believe you are gone, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. I miss our phone calls, our talks and even the arguements we had! I honestly have never felt a loss like this! I am glad the your fight is over, I know it is selfish of me to wish you were still here. You went through so much pain in your final days, but just the same I wish we could just have one more talk! You will always be needed! I love you Momma
Miss Me, But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
and the sun has set me free
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long
And not with your heads bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me, but let me go
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone
It’s part of the master plan
A step on the road home
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds
Miss me, but let me go
Grams I miss you very much, there are some nights I can make it, some nights I cant. Some nights I’ll sit outside and look up to the sky, I know your doing the same too. It was really hard to see you go, I wish I could of saw you one more time, and say I love you. And if a million tears could bring you back, why you’d already be here =]. I don’t really have many memories of you, but the ones I do I’ll chereish forever. Like that one time when at dad’s house I was opening a christmas presents from you, and you said I was “Your Favorite Oldest Grandaughter”. For All of the things you did for me, I really wish I could of said thank you for everything, but I guess I’ll have to wait. I’ll take you with me in my heart, to my graduation day, wedding, and when I walk the path where angels go, the same road you did. Oh yes gram, dont be lesbian in heaven!
“I never said thank you for that, I thought I’d get one more chance, now I’ll never have the chance, and if you were with me tonight, I’d sing to you just one more time, a song for a heart so big, God couldn’t let it live. ”
well grammy this is goodbye for now but not forever. i love you and will remember you forever. i will think of you every minute and always remember the great times we had together. i always remember your face when i listen to into the west because it is about well people leaving. but im glad you left because you can be away from pain and surgeries and problems like that and you can be by grammy phillis and auntie annabelle. i love you and will keep loving you till we meet again and i can squeeze you tight.xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxox <3 <3 <3 <3
Marcus or dollface
well gram this is like my fourth time writing to you but i cant help it i just love you so much!!! say hi to auntie Annabelle and Grandma Phillis and Grandma Nora For Me and tell them that they live on in my heat and i will always remember my favorite Great Grandma's and Favorite Aunt. Well Of Course you know that you were and still are my favorite and one and only grandma now and FOREVER!!!!! well i love from Me Alicia Brittany and well the rest of the family. <3<3<3<3<3
Marcus Alicia And Brittany
Well what can I say except, thanks for always listening and welcoming me into your family even before Larry and I got married. You introduced me way before as daughter in-law. I am glad we chose Mothers Day weekend to get married even if the weather did not cooperate. I was happy you were there. It was a perfect tribute to "our" mothers. We have some good memories. I remember the time we went to get that chair when we lived in Lindstrom and we had to go to Wyoming to pick it up and because the guys would not help us. So we put it on top of the cavalier and opps it fell off and that guy stopped to help us and we where laughing, then he bent over to pick up the chair and gave us a show! (ew) Then we laughed even harder. You will be missed but the good memories we will carry with us in our hearts.
Larry, Marsha & Family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I am sure she will be greatly missed.
In thoughts & prayers,
Mike DeShambo, Lincoln Host Motor Inn
What can I say except you were the best mom ever! I love you mama, your spirit will always live through all of us left behind. I miss you so much.
Love your son,
To our dear sister and friend, "June Bug",
So glad we got to see the smile on your face at Larry and Marsha's wedding. You were always so happy even in your time of suffering.You will always be an angel to us.
We love & miss you.
Donnie, Kerry & Ashley Johnson
To The Family Of JUNE
My heart goes out to all of the family at this time. I knew June only for a short time,she is a wonderful person,mother sister and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by many. She always had
a smile on her face even thou she was hurting. June is home where there is no pain and only peace. She maybe gone from here, but not from our hearts.
Rowena Crewe (Nelson)
Dearest Rose and Family,
Your sister was a wonderful person and I know she shall be missed. My heart goes out to all of you at this time of sadness but now she feels no pain. She may have left from this earth but she shall always be with you all.
Gram We Love You And hope you have a good trip accross the sky! From Marcus
Well I will always remember the times when we were together and I love you even if your gone.
From your Grandson
Just wanted to send my condolances, my parents were friends of the Boursaw family. May you find peace in her presence with the Lord free of pain and sorrow.
Oh my dearest sister June,
No more pain, weakness and suffering. It's been a long and tedious battle for you. But it's behind you now.
I will miss hearing your voice but will carry memories of you in my heart always: the trains, the planes & the automobiles, flirting lessons (by the way, I still haven't noticed it! LOL).
The trips around Lake Coeur D'Alene, ID, the drives along the shores of Lake Michigan, caravaning from Rochester, Wi, to Escanaba, Mi. And the best comical memory I have is telling you "Let's go! Shower Time - Wheelchair and All!"
May you be souring high above the clouds and dancing with Mom and Dad in heaven. Peace be your journey!
God bless you, June.
Coeur DAlene, ID
Marcus - Luck, Wi
I know you can’t read this, but sometimes It helps to think that you can. Sometimes, when I’m all alone, I just sit and talk to you and what I wouldn’t give to hear your voice again. It’s been 12 years since you left us, but I think about you every day. My life is such a mess right now and I have nobody to help me make it right. I know if you were here, everything would be okay… If you were here, I wouldn’t be so alone now. I don’t understand why god, or whoever, had to take you away. But, I’m glad that you aren’t hurting anymore. I hope you’re up there somewhere and I hope you can continue to watch over me. Just know that I love you and I miss you. I’ll try to be strong enough to keep living without you, but It’s hard…