June 12, 1920 – February 19, 2013
June Anne Hardy McFaul was born on June 12, 1920 in Oakland to Thomas Francis and Anna Josephine (Higgins,) she was the youngest of six siblings, which included her much-loved brothers Francis, John and Thomas and two older sisters who died in childhood. She attended Marylrose School, Holy Names Central High School and Holy Names College before entering the nursing program at Providence College of Nursing. In training at Providence, she met the love of her life Howard just before World War II; they married in Reno in 1946. From Providence, she moved to Oakland Children’s Hospital, which she considered a highlight of her professional career. In the early 1950’s, June and Howard moved to San Lorenzo and adopted two children: Stuart Alan and Mary Anne. In San Lorenzo, she continued to work as a nurse at St. Rose Hospital and was an active member of St. John’s Church and its associated St. Gerard’s Women’s Club. In 1976, the family moved to Castro Valley, where she became a member of Our Lady of Grace Church.
Those who knew her loved her grace and elegance, superb sense of taste in design and fashion, and deep commitment to her family, friends and those in need. June had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary and the Catholic Church and remained active in many associated charities, most recently with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. She had a special affection for the Sisters of Providence (becoming an Associate in 1993) and The Sisters of the Holy Names. She enjoyed painting and travel, and enjoyed cruising around much of the world. Most recently, June enjoyed reading, watching TV and listening to classical radio stations. She was a big fan of radio host Jim Lange and it was his naming her ‘Queen for the Day” that led to her becoming affectionately known as “The Queen” to family and friends.