June Vosburg Venskytis, 79, of Dundee, passed away peacefully Friday, September 14, 2018, at Rochester General Hospital.
A celebration of her life will be held at Rock Stream Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 with the Rev. Priscilla Andrews, long-time dear friend, officiating. A reception will follow at St. Mark’s Terrace at 36 Millard St. in Dundee. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dundee Public Library and the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church.
Beloved community and church member, counselor, gardener, singer, mother, grandmother, friend, she was born on April 15, 1939, and was raised in Painted Post, where she graduated from high school in 1957. She began her college years at Fredonia State studying vocal performance but would later take a more practical route and graduate from Mansfield State College in 1962 with a BA in Elementary Education. Shortly after, she, her former husband and first child would move to the Dundee area where she would spend the rest of her years.
Here in this tiny, close-knit community she would raise her four children and one foster child, renovate four houses, plant elaborate perennial flower gardens, stitch-n-bitch-n-craft, bake decadent desserts, cruise the streets on her bicycle with “Betsy’s Angels,” frequent the Corner Kitchen and antique shops, read and read some more, swim the waters and speed through the hills of the Finger Lakes singing at full tilt with or without company.
In the 1970’s, she served as Director of the Dundee Area Historical Society. She also owned and operated The Greenhouse on Stoll Street in the 1980’s and volunteered during her later years for the Youth Center, serving as a board member. She also sat on the Planning Board for the Village of Dundee. After achieving her MA in school counseling from Elmira College in 1987, June worked as a Prevention Counselor and Supervisor for Schuyler County, primarily in Odessa-Montour, where she would retire after years of service to middle school youth. At the center, always, there was the music and the church. Prominent choir member, for nearly four decades her mezzo-soprano sang out to heaven and community from the altar of Dundee’s First Presbyterian Church where she was an active member of the congregation and served for several years on the board.
Preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Clarabelle Vosburg, she is survived by her sister, Julie (Tom) Hunt, and nephew, Jeremy Hunt; her five grandchildren, Cassandra Spencer, Richard D’Amato, Daniel D’Amato, Emily Venskytis and Allison Venskytis; her four children, Erin Spencer, Elin, Eric (Jill) and Ecole Venskytis; foster son, Timothy Donnelly, as well as her child in spirit, Beth Taylor, the daughter of her dearest and long ago departed friend, Donna Bishop.