June Stiller

June 19, 1919
- December 15, 2010

SEBEC - June Stiller, 91, a resident of Sebec for the past 20 years, passed away Dec. 15, 2010. June was born June 19, 1919, in Toledo, Ohio, the youngest of four children of John and Hulda (Kinsell) Stiller. She received an undergraduate degree and master's degree from the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. During World War II June worked as a chemist, but she spent the majority of her career as a high school teacher of American literature, English literature and Latin. She was also the advisor to many school newspaper and yearbook committees; Saturday afternoons often found her home filled with students working on the school paper and the "annual." While many considered her a hard taskmaster, she was beloved by many students for her sense of fairness and her knowledge of the classics. While teaching she began to spend summers in the Sebec area and after retiring, she moved to Maine full time. She loved the people and the scenery of her adopted state. June was a voracious reader, a supporter of many charities and a great lover of animals. Throughout the years she adopted many strays, often dogs, but also occasionally horses, ponies and cats. The menageries she assembled were a source of joy - and sometimes great amusement - to June and those around her. In many ways June was a woman ahead of her time. She was extremely independent and would tackle any task or project, always successfully completing them. Her independent nature continued to the end of her life when she decided she wanted to live out her last days in her home, surrounded by the things that had brought her great joy. June was predeceased by her parents, John and Hulda Stiller; her sisters, Anne Marie Stiller and Florence Stiller Wahlers; and her brother, Earl Stiller. She is survived by her two nieces, Rebecca Robinson of Travelers Rest, S.C., and Gretchen Morris of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by her great-niece, Amy Thompson; two great-nephews, Michael Ryan Robinson and Derek Johnson; and two great-great-nephews, Graham and Connor Johnson. Her family offers a very special thank-you to another family that June came to know and love: Joanna, Jeremy and Taylor Smith. It was their love, support and dedication that made it possible for her to continue to stay where she wanted to be - at home - during her final days. We are truly grateful to them for all that they did. A celebration of June's life will be held in Dover-Foxcroft at a time and location to be determined. Interment will be in the family plot in Elliston, Ohio. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.

Published in Bangor Daily News on December 17, 2010

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