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June Ettinger – Wife, mother, teacher, friend – June was born in New York City Aug. 14, 1936, and passed away in Santa Fe Nov. 27, 2007. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the City College of New York in 1958. She married Harry Ettinger immediately after graduating from CCNY and lived in Montgomery County, Md., for three years before moving to Los Alamos, where she has lived since 1961.
In the early 1970s she returned to teaching and taught at Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary Schools in Los Alamos. She was proud of the accomplishments of the students she mentored/guided during her 20 year teaching career. Additionally, her third- through fourth-grade team at Mountain Elementary School was judged as the first place winner in the 1991 New Mexico Quality Education Awards Program.She always loved to travel, especially to countries that exposed her to different cultures. Over the years, she has traveled to six continents (no trips to Antarctica) and documented many of these trips in magnificent scrapbooks.June was an excellent cook, baker and entertainer. She loved to combine these talents for special occasions or just to entertain friends. Throughout her life, June enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts. Her artistic creativity shined in her oil paintings, bulletin boards that she made for her classrooms, ornaments, needlepoint and knitting.She was an avid reader and a constant visitor to the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library. The number of books she read boggles the mind. She was devoted to her three children and two grandchildren, and always tried to instill in them a love of reading. She felt that her greatest achievement was the legacy of these five individuals and the accomplishments they have made in their lives.She was an active member of the Los Alamos Jewish Center.She was preceded in death by her parents, Nat and Birdie Kopf. She is survived by her husband Harry; daughter Linda; son Steve, daughter-in-law Lainie, grandchildren Maddie, and Gracie; son Robert and partner Karen Lyons; brother Leonard Kopf and sister-in-law Phyllis.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of June should be directed to the “Friends of Mesa Public Library.”