June Pratt, 93, Albert Lea

Published 12:11 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Memorial services for June Elizabeth Pratt, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Interment will be in Woodland Cemetery, Washburn, Wis., this summer. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea.


June died on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at Thorne Crest Retirement Community at the age of 93.

She was born on June 19, 1918, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Alfred and Mabel (Everest) Toepel. She graduated from West High School in Minneapolis, and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Minnesota, graduating cum laude. June was married to Marshall Sidney Pratt on Dec. 20, 1941, in Bessemer Michigan and they celebrated 60 years together. She taught home economics in the Minneapolis public school system until Marshall and June moved and made Albert Lea their home in 1946. She and Marsh were the owners of Zetterholm Motors and she also taught school in the Albert Lea public school system. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was active in the women’s circle and choir. She was also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Upsilon Omicron and Omicron Nu Sororities and an honorary member of Home Economics Sororities. She had also been active in D.A.R., A.A.U.W., the V.F.W. Auxiliary and the South Broadway Homemakers. June also taught Continuing Education sewing classes for many years and made a mean blazer.

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Grandma June enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafting, baking and spending time with her family. She was known for making lovely gifts for her family and friends. She loved spending time with Marsh, family and friends at the cabin in Washburn. Enjoyment there was found picking berries, swimming, general relaxation and taking the ferry to visit her childhood summer home on Madeline Island.

June is survived by her children: Barbara (Marlow) Jordahl, of Loveland, Ohio, and Jim (Carol) Pratt of Duluth; daughter-in-law, Lisa Shefchik Pratt, of Duluth; grandchildren: Scott (Pamela) Jordahl of Loveland, Ohio, Julie (Doug) Greiwe of Cinncinati, Ohio, and Jeff (Stephanie) Jordahl of Crestview Hills, Ky., Anna (Chad) Sandquist of Minneapolis, Betsy (Adam) Maus of Crystal, Jennifer Pratt of Duluth and Melissa and Nathan Pratt of Duluth; great-grandchildren: Douglas, Parker and Caroline Greiwe, Haley and Makenna Jordahl, and Alexander, Jackson and Elena Jordahl, Macie Maus, and Evelyn Sandquist; sister-in-laws: Gladys Pratt of Ilion, N.Y., Barbara Toepel of Minneapolis and Roberta Alston of California; and many nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her parents: Alfred and Mabel Toepel; husband, Marshall Pratt; son, Robert Pratt; brother, James Toepel; special aunt and uncle: Clara and Alfred Zetterholm; as well as brothers and sister-in-laws; niece, Cathryn Pratt Propheter; nephew, Thomas Pratt and many dear friends.