Obituary of Mary June Ward
Mary "June" Ward was, as everyone could attest, a God-fearing woman with a quick wit and a boundless spirit. She was quick to make friends, and even quicker to make them laugh. She was a woman of strong faith who prayed every single night. When asked, June would add you to her prayer book, where your name remained there forever. She prayed for her family, friends and even people she had never met. She would stay up until 3 AM, praying for everyone in her book. June would give everyone scapulars for protection and as a reminder that God is always with you. She would bring home holy water to make sure that she had enough to bless all of her loved ones- sprinkling it in the direction of her family's homes or travel destinations. Being raised not far from the steps of the Basilica, June and her family had a special connection with Father Baker. As a child she had spent months in the hospital after falling ill and was in a coma. Her parents would pray at Father Bakers gravesite for her to get well, and when she awoke told her family of how she was visited by him. Until this day she held dear a relic of Father Baker’s. June has even more devotion to the Blessed Mother. She would hold May crownings for her children. After Desert Storm for years we would have weekly Rosary and prayers. Even her favorite color was “Blessed Mother” blue. She met the love of her life, her Jimmy, and the couple fell madly in love. The night they got married, they said the rosary together to bless their marriage. They were not afraid to show their love in front of their children. Their constant displays of affection were the sweetest, and whenever he would pass her in the kitchen he would always get down on one knee and kiss her hand. The couple was blessed with seven beautiful children; Mary, Margaret, Theresa, Susan, Audrey, Jim, Bridget. June was fiercely protective of her family. A dedicated mother, June ensured her children experience life the way it was meant to be lived: in love and laughter. She was always there to support them during their trials and tribulations. Later in life, their family grew to include eighteen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren who would affectionately give her many nicknames "G-ma" "Gram" and "Grandma". June always made sure the holidays were special for her family. Every Easter, she would order dozens of balloons, and at Christmas, she would buy the biggest, fattest tree she could find. She spent hours making sure the house was clean and lovingly baked and cooked enough food to feed an army. In fact, she made every day feel like a holiday. June had a fulfilling career as a realtor from 1977-2003. This was the perfect profession for her with her outgoing personality and her ability to connect with people. June loved her twin Janet fiercely. They spoke every day and found even errands around town were made better in one another's company. Some of their favorite spots to visit were JP's Pub in Lakeview or Rodneys- where they both made friends with the regulars, but more importantly, spent quality time with one another. Before she died, she said Father Baker came to her twice and told her it was time to go. Her children all knew that a visit from her guardian since childhood meant her time for this world was growing shorter. She held on to make sure she had a chance to say goodbye to each of her children. Two days later, June passed away. June’s life was beautiful, and although she is no longer with us she will always be present in spirit. Today we have all gained a Guardian Angel. Ward, Mary “June” (nee Curtin) March 25, 2022 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved wife of the late James P. Ward, Sr.; devoted mother of Mary Davis, Margaret (Richard) Coughlin, Theresa (Edward) McGuire, Susan (Matthew) Nappo, Audrey Nappo, James P. Ward, Jr., and Bridget (Brian) Phillips; cherished grandmother of Mark, Megan, Rikki Jean, Benjamin, David, Gary, Charlie, Edward, T.J., Matthew, Lori, Jonathan, Hannah, Patrick, Anthony, Zachary, Braden, and Blake; dear sister of Margie Pfalzgraf, Richard Colin Kelly (Kay) Curtin, late Jean (Col. Joseph Biscone), late Paul (late Gloria) Curtin, late Charles (late Rusty) Curtin, late Rosemary (late Edgar) McManus, late William (late Irene) Curtin, late James (Maryann) Curtin, late Mary Janet (late Stephen V. Garvin, late Paul Schmatz, and late John "Noey" Nostrant) Nostrant; late Francis (late Mary Lou) Curtin, late Eileen Curtin; and late Joseph Curtin; also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends received on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 – 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. Where prayers will be held Thursday at 9:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Bernadette’s Church at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to OLV Charities. Please leave online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.