June Mardale (Liles) Rinehart was born June 2, 1929 to Jay and Opal Liles of Mount Ayr, Iowa. She departed this life on November 7, 2011 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr surrounded by family and friends.
June graduated from Mount Ayr Community high school. On August 19, 1950, she was united in marriage to Clayton (Bill) Rinehart of Mount Ayr at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr. To this union were born two daughters, Debra K. Sobotka of DeSoto, Iowa and Deva K. Ross of Fort Madison, Iowa.
June and Bill lived on a farm south of Mount Ayr for 45 years and then moved to Mount Ayr in November 1997, where they both lived out their lives. Bill passed away on May 2, 2001.
June worked at the cap factory for 10 years. She and Bill were avid bowlers in the Mount Ayr league and traveled to many bowling tournaments. She loved to garden and make quilts for family and friends. June loved to play dominoes, pokeno and cards.
June is survived by her two daughters, Debra (Jerry) Sobotka and Deva Ross; grandchildren, Mike (Robin) Sobotka, Zeke (Shawna) Ross, Aaron (Alisha) Ross and Jimmy (Chasta) Ross; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Summer, Robbie and Beau Sobotka and Aniah, Cuyrin, Nakia, Quinton, Jaden, Keelyno and Kalib Ross; sisters, Lorraine Reasoner and Lola Wernli; brother, Ronald (Sue) Liles; sisters-in-law, Shirley Liles, Ann Liles and Iris (Gary) Webb; brothers-in-law, Earl (Eddie) Pickens and Park (Joan) Rinehart, and a host of nieces and nephews.
June was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; parents; sisters, Myrtle Liles and Donna Pickens; brothers, Bob and George Liles; brothers-in-law, Leroy Wernli and Daughn Reasoner; parents-in-law, Vern and Nina Rinehart; sister and brother-in-law, Hope and Billy Wyman; niece, Candy Pickens, and nephew, James Wernli.
June was a loving wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend to many people. She will truly be missed.
When I think about my grandma June,
I’ll remember all the good times we had.
The memories we shared,
And I’ll smile, even though I’ll be sad.
I’ll remember her cute little house,
The wonderful things that have gone on there.
I’ll be happy in my memories,
Even though I’ll shed a few tears.
I will never forget my dear grandma June,
Making her a card each year,
Hanging them up on her fridge,
Letting me know she really cared.
I refuse to remember grandma,
When she was suffering in the end,
Because she was more than that,
Even though there will be no more cards to send.
I thank the Lord everyday,
For giving me such a great-grandmother,
Someone who cared so much,
I could never ask for another.
Grandma June was always strong,
Even after Grandpa Bill was gone,
She always kept the flowers alive,
In her little front lawn.
So that’s what I’ll do,
No matter the sadness in me,
I’ll keep the flowers alive,
And be happy knowing, that my Grandma June can see.
Written by: Summer Jo Sobotka
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Rev. Terry Roberts will officiate the service. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. A memorial fund has been established to HCI Care Services in Mount Ayr.