June Goodyke – Crookston Times


June Goodyke, 98, of Crookston, died on October 2, 2022 at the Crookston Benedictine community.
June was born on August 10, 1924 to John and Minnie (Brower) Geerts in Holland, Michigan. At just 13, she graduated from elementary school in Holland and started working at a local restaurant, became a neighborhood nanny, worked at a few different factories and, as an only child, was a caretaker for her parents. She met John Goodyke on a blind date in 1964 when John and his parents were coming to Michigan from Crookston for the winters. After traveling between Michigan and Minnesota, June and John were married on November 26, 1965 and settled on their farm north of Crookston.
June and John were very active members of the Reformed Christian Church in Crookston and their faith remained very important to her throughout her life. After the church closed, she stayed in touch with two very special friends, Jennie Andringa and Fern LaFleur. Although June had no children, she was “Junie” to her grandnieces and grandnephews and always had chocolate chip cookies for them. June loved board games and she and John played a game every night. John died on January 28, 2008 during a snowstorm. The weather that night was something she never forgot.
After John’s death, June remained on the farm. Her home was directly across from her nephew and niece Richard and Kathy Goodyke. June opened her curtains at 8am and closed them at 8pm, which became the unspoken signal that everything was fine. In June 2018, Kathy had left before 8 a.m. and when she returned at noon she found June’s curtain still closed. She found that June had sprained her ankle and was lying on the floor. June then moved to Summit in Crookston, part of the Villa St Vincent complex which offered assisted living. A few years later she moved to the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home and most recently to the Memory Care Center. June was known for her humility, independence, stubbornness, and ability to navigate hallways in her wheelchair. She loved bingo and didn’t want to miss a game.
June is survived by Michigan cousins. She was able to keep in touch with her cousin Angie Vander Heuvel until recently. John’s family includes nieces and nephews: Dennis Goodyke, Richard and Kathy Goodyke, Nancie Goodyke, Ron and Mary Goodyke, Dean and Diane Frisk, Janet and Les Sannes, and Jerry and Kim Michaelson; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
June preceded her husband John in death; her parents, John and Minnie Geerts; a little brother, Jay Geerts; and from John’s side of the family: Henry and Mamie Goodyke, Anton and Claire Goodyke, and Helen and Lavern Michaelson. She has now been reunited in heaven with a special great-nephew, Darren Goodyke; and niece, Debbie Wikoff.
The funeral service for June Goodyke will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston, with Bill Humiston, Spiritual Care Coordinator for the Crookston Benedictine Community. The visit takes place one hour before the service. The funeral will be livestreamed by going to June’s obituary page at www.stenshoelhouske.com and clicking on the prompt to view it. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Memorials for the Benedictine Life Community Center would be greeted by family in lieu of flowers.


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