June Elizabeth (Harris) Toft, 87, of Maple Park, passed from this life to eternal life in the early morning hours of Tuesday April 28, 2009. She was born in Chicago on May 3, 1921, to Thomas and Evelyn (Mathey) Harris.
June grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended local schools. Following school and during the war, June helped make hand grenades at a local factory.
June married Alex Einear Toft on Jan. 6, 1940, in Hinsdale, Ill., and made their home in Downers Grove. While Alex worked outside of the home, June worked to make their house a home and raised their daughter, Barbara. Later she worked for various factories but spent a majority of her working years at Marshall Fields in the drapery department.
June and Alex found a home on several acres in Maple Park in 1991. It was a perfect location for Alex to continue his passion for horses and for June to expand her gardening. Sadness came in 2000 when Alex passed away, and until recent days, June continued to make her home in Maple Park.
June had a heart for gardening and hands for knitting. Her garden was always full of delicious vegetables and gorgeous flowers, and she had a legacy of priceless handmade afghans made for her great nieces and nephews. In her younger years, she could be found dancing at local ballrooms, and later, June’s favorite pastimes included driving the tractor and mowing the lawn.
She is survived by one granddaughter, Heather (Don) Harner of Plainfield; two siblings, Jean Murphy of Mokena, Ill. and Robert Harris Jr. of Ill.; many nieces and nephews, including Beverly (Tom) Wakolbinger of St. Charles, Thomas (Barbara) Harris of Two Sisters, Ore., Alan (Miriam) Harris of Sunnyvale, Calif., Jackie (David) Rubin of Oxnard, Calif. and William (Diane) Boyd of Bolingbrook, Ill.; many grand-nieces and nephews, including Tiffany (Roberto) Ortiz of Bolingbrook, Ill., and several great-grand nieces and nephews; one special friend and companion, Wesley Landmeier, and a family of friends.
She now joins her parents, husband Alex, daughter Barbara, one brother, and three sisters, who preceded her in death.
Visitation was Monday, May 4, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life was also May 4, with cremation following.
A memorial will be established in June’s name. Memorials checks may be made to the June Toft Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.