In memory of

June Marguerite Gemberling, age 86, of Helena

June 21, 1927 – February 25, 2014

June M. Gemberling, 86, passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena MT on February 25, 2014.  June was born on the farm at Bonetrail, ND on June 21, 1927 to Casper J. and Minnie (Vinger) Manger.

After graduating from Williston High School in 1945, June married Joseph J. Kueffler and they relocated to Great Falls, MT where they raised their 5 children.  They later divorced in 1972 and in 1977 she married Paul Gemberling and later divorced in 2009.

June worked several jobs in Great Falls, including the credit department at Sears and the business office at Montana Deaconess Hospital.  Her most important job though, was being a mother, and she was an excellent mother who always loved her children and put their needs ahead of her own.  After retiring, she enjoyed gardening, painting landscapes, and was the author of Midwest Midwife, a book about her mother.

June moved to Helena in 2010 as her health declined, to be closer to her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, Helen Bjerkhoel and Marie Sprenger, her daughter Pauline Kueffler, and granddaughter Tammy Guinnee.

June is survived by her brother, Carrol (Agnes) Manger of Grenora ND, her son, Douglas Kueffler of Missoula MT, her 3 daughters, Karen Kueffler of Helena MT, Kathy Hartman of Portland OR, Elaine Christensen of Vaughn MT, and their spouses.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

No services will be held at her request.

Thanks to Rosetta Assisted Living for your wonderful, loving care for the past 2 years.  You made such a difference in her life. If you would like to make a donation in memory of June, please make checks to Laurie House, Activity Director, Rosetta Assisted Living, 2530 Wildwood Lane, Helena, MT 59601.

Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of June.


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  1. Laurie House says

    Karen, Fran, Kathy, Elaine and family-
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am honored and grateful to have had the chance to care for June and get to know your family. It won’t be the same without you-especially craft days, Fridays and family events. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Laurie House
    (Rosetta Assisted Living)

  2. Dennis & Donnette Bjerkhoel says

    So sorry to hear that June had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
    Dennis & Donnette Bjerkhoel
    Cheyenne, WY

  3. Dorothy Lorang says

    Dear Doug, Karen, Kathy & Elaine,

    I felt so bad when I read in this norning’s paper that your Mom had passed away. I
    have so many fond memories of the times we spent together, beginning before
    you were born, Doug. Thank you Karen for helping me stay in touch with your Mom.
    She has always been one of my favorite people. My sympathy & love to all of you,
    Dort Lorang

  4. peggy cichosz lowery says

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your mom. I remember all the fun times in Riverview.

  5. Bob Clark says

    Dear Elaine and family.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom was a very good friend to my mom throughout their years at Sears.

  6. Linda Cox says

    Dear Kathy and family,
    I have some very fond memories of June and of her daughters. I hope that your fond memories of your time with June will help you endure the pain of her loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    Linda Cox

  7. Luana LaCroix Giskaas says

    I am sorry to hear about June’s passing
    What a wonderful woman. I worked with June Bug, which I always called her. We shared an office at the Deaconess. She taught me a lot about caring and compassion. She was tough but so so soft at the same time. I feel honored to have had her in my life. We should all strive to be as good a person as she was

  8. Bonnie LFountaine says

    I am sorry for the loss of your mom. June was part of our Rosetta family for 19 months. She was blessed to have such wonderful children and we will miss you as well. Sending prayers your way.

  9. Barbara Larsen says

    Dear Karen, Kathy, Elaine and Doug,
    I share in your feelings of grief in learning the death of your Mother. I will always remember her kindness and love during Pauline’s death. The summer day in the yard at Arlee with her sister was so special. I will also reflect with a smile and laughter the first time I met her in Great Falls, Pauline taking me home to me her Mom for the first time! Blessed be~ My thoughts of peace and love are with you all.

  10. SHEILA RICE says

    Doug and family,
    I was sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember many of your stories of her growing up and her amazing attitude and accomplishments. May she rest in peace. My thought and prayers are with you all. Sheila

  11. Janet (Manger) Thompson says

    I am so sorry to hear about June. I have enjoyed many emails and letters from her in the past years. I didn’t get a chance to really know June until we stopped in Great Falls while on vacation. June’s memory will not be forgotten. My condolences to June’s family. God Bless the memory of June.

  12. Jan Anthony says

    Doug and family,
    I am sorry to hear the loss of your mom. She was such a vibrant, talented woman and Ray and I enjoyed visiting her in the past. She reminded me of who my own mother might have been like as they both grew up in the Bonetrail area and attended shool together thru high school, (Vi Rustad Paulson dec 1965). I shared her published book with my aunt, Dee Lorenz, who contacted June regarding events written and who could guess the “actual people and places” involved and as your mom stated, “Dee knew more than my own sibblings”. Our thoughts are with all of you. Jan (retired nurse/VA MT) and Ray

  13. norma brandt clark says

    June’s family I am a cousin of your mother. We never met but for a few years we kept in contact through e-mail and talked about family. I was 10 years younger than June and never knew that my mom had a brother named Casper. My parents never talked about stuff or family so I learned a lot from your mother. She sent me a signed copy of her book
    Midwest Midwife and also a picture that she had painted that I have hanging on my living room wall. My mother’s name was Nellie Manger Brandt. I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed e-mailing or talking to her on phone. She loved her dog Doc and I loved my dog Muffins. I lost my husband 2 years ago and we were married for 57 years. It’s been hard without him but I know he’s in a better place. Right now I live in Missouri but will be selling my house and moving to Fort Wayne Indiana to be near my daughter and family. We moved here from Calif. and still have a son living there. If you’d like to talk to me, my
    phone # is 816-228-3995 Again I’m so sorry. Sincerely Norma Brandt Clark

  14. Thank you all for your kind remembrances of our Mom. It’s already been a year, but it seems like time just flies by so fast any more. I believe Mom would have been humbled by so many condolences.

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