June Daproza

June Daproza obit photoJune Daproza, 89, of Braham, Minn. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by all of her children on June 25, 2013 in Braham, Minn.

June Daproza was born March 2, 1924 in Chicago. She married Leo Daproza March 7, 1942 and is survived by sisters Pauline Cabras of Kalamazoo, Mich. and Barbara Schwarzer of Harwood Heights, Ill., her daughter Linda Torgeson of Braham, Minn., sons Jerry (Kim) Daproza of Channahon, Ill., and Kenneth (Beverly) Daproza of Pacoima, Calif.; 7 grandchildren, Justine Schindeldecker, Mikeael Torgeson, Todd Daproza, Keith Daproza, Kym Barry, Kevin Daproza and Brandon Brissette; 13 great-grandchildren, Rich Schindeldecker, Kate Thompson, Linda Shannon, Alex Schindeldecker, Tony Torgeson, Stephanie Hogue, Laura Brakken, Dane Daproza, Elizabeth Torgeson, Hailey Daproza, Zoe Barry, Kailee Daproza and Dakota Tiffany Riedel; 7 great-great- grandchildren, Jovita Torgeson, Izabelle Torgeson, Sophia Hogue, Jaymes Torgeson-Anderson, June Linn Daproza, Olivia Hogue, Ruby Anna Schindeldecker and baby Daproza and baby Brakken to be born soon.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Gertude Jugal and Emilio Javier, her stepfather Candido Jugal; husband, Leo; sister, Delores Cage and brothers, Emilio Jr. Javier and Richard (Buddy) Javier; son-in-law, Robert Torgeson, and grandchildren Mert Torgeson and Tiffany Daproza.

June was a 14 year Breast Cancer survivor and a volunteer for the “Sojourn Bear” program. There, she handmade many unique “Sojourn Teddy Bears” which provided cancer patients with support, comfort and inspiration.

She attended one of Family Pathways programs, “The Gathering” in Pine City and Braham whenever possible. This is a free adult daycare center that provides a one-on-one volunteer for each participant.  Family Pathways not only has senior services which include advocacy, social respite, companionship programs, they also have services for youth and food shelves providing lunches for children and needy families.  We are so thankful this is available for seniors and support it.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with Mr. Gary Black officiating. Dustin and Jana Ellison served as soloists. Pallbearers were Kevin Daproza, Richard Schindeldecker III, Anthony Torgeson, Todd Daproza, Alexander Schindeldecker and Andy Maile. Interment was in Braham Mission Covenant Cemetery.