Ann Gardner | Via Latina
June at the 2008 event where the Sandpiper
honored her for her community spirit.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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If you believe that a face can tell a story, Del Mar’s beloved June Strasberg’s twinkling eyes and infectious smile told of a very happy life.
June, who celebrated her 95th birthday last summer, died peacefully at home on March 8. She loved to tell the story of how her husband Nate, promising her paradise, brought her to Del Mar in 1958 from her first love, New York City. “It better be paradise,” she told him, “because you can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take New York out of the girl.” It was, and both became active in the early Friends of Del Mar, City Council campaigns and formation of the Community Plan. After Nate’s death June became active in Del Mar Community Connections and in 2008 was honored by the Sandpiper for her community spirit. Her son Bim, twin brother to Jo and part of the early Del Mar Power House quartet, played bass with guitarist Peter Sprague at the celebration. In addition to her two children, June is survived by two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who came regularly from New York to visit their favorite Aunt.
A celebration of life is planned for Monday, April 10th at 10:00 a.m., St. Peters Episcopal Church at Parish Hall, 334 14th St., Del Mar, CA 92014. Light lunch will follow.
Below: a text by June's daughter, Jo Perry.
June Strasberg passed away on Wednesday, March 8th. She was 95 years old. June was born on July 9, 1921 in New York City. A daughter to restaurant and bakery owners, she spent her childhood on the sidewalks of Manhattan and the Bronx. June attended Hunter College and then became an executive secretary at Nabisco Company and the advertising companies of Ted Bates and Benton and Bowles. In 1957, she married local Earl Warren Jr. High School teacher Nathan Strasberg of Del Mar, CA and moved into the guest house of the castle. Two years later, they purchased their own home in Del Mar, where she resided until her death. A fixture in the community, June was involved in local politics, working on the Community Plan and supporting many environmentally-minded city council members. She also loved taking exercise classes and playing Mahjong at the Powerhouse Community Center. In her spare time, June enjoyed traveling, writing short stories, and playing cards. She was the ultimate mom: volunteering as a room mother, participating in library story time, working in the Little League snack bar, becoming a Blue Bird Leader and attending her son's jazz gigs and concerts.
She is survived by her son Bim Strasberg and his wife Alexie Lewis of Brooklyn, New York, daughter Jo Perry and her husband Robert Perry of San Diego and two grandchildren William and Rose Perry.