June Utako Newell

Mass of Christian Burial for June Utako Newell, 85, Lawrence will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center in Lawrence, KS. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Tonganoxie, KS. She passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at her daughter’s home.

June was born May 22, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan the daughter of Tamesaburo and Tamaki Takada

She worked at Hallmark in Lawrence for over 25 years. She had most recently been living in the Arbor Court Community (formerly Drury Place) in Lawrence.

Survivors include a daughter, Marlene (Stephen) Putthoff of Lawrence; three sons, Michael (Janie) Newell, Southlake, TX; Mitchell (Linda) Newell, Wichita Falls, TX; Marlon Newell, CA; six grandchildren; McKenna and McGwire Newell, Southlake, TX; Michelle, T.J., Kevin Newell; Wichita Falls, TX; Justin Newell, Lawrence, KS; five step-grandchildren; Kirstin (Phil) Anton and family of Fischer’s IN; Heidi (Jimmy) Barnes and family of Tonganoxie, KS; Jeff (Peggy) Putthoff and family of Tonganoxie, KS; Ted Putthoff, Lawrence, KS; Tony Putthoff and family of Lenexa, KS; one great-grandson, Ethan Newell and two step-great grandchildren, Loreli & Gavin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Masao Takada.

There will be a Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence and the family will greet friends following until 8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the VNA Hospice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


7 Condolences

  1. Arlene & Mike Valdez on February 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Dear Newell family, I never met your Mom in person, but I did speak to her a few times and she was always gracious. Losing a Mother is always difficult but I’m sure Junes joy was her children, she is in heaven looking down on her family and wishing she could be with you all to give you comfort. Celebrate her life, and be grateful for all the years you were granted with her. I know the Lord will comfort you and give you peace we pray this for the entire family and friends. God Bless you Love Mike and Arlene Valdez.

  2. Lucy (Lucille) Herman on February 24, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Dear Marlene & all of your family,

    I didn’t know June, your Mother, very long at Arbor Court/ Drury Place but she always had a smile for me. I walk past her apartment evey day and miss her. I remember residents saying she could play beautiful music.

    My condolence,
    Lucy Herman

  3. Gary & Sarah Campbell on February 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We always know that are parents can’t live forever, but it doesn’t make it any easier. May the memories you shared help to brighten each day.

  4. Charles Day Family on February 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    There is no easy way to say we are so sorry for your loss. We would like to leave this quote for you and can only hope it brings you peace and solitude.
    “In the Tree of Life…
    Our roots are forever intertwined.
    With their last breath those we have greatly loved
    do not say good-bye – for love is timeless.
    Instead, they leave us with a solemn promise –
    when they are finally at rest in God,
    they will continue to be present to us whenever they are called upon.
    Let us not grieve – beyond letting go-
    For in the tree of Life their roots and ours are forever intertwined.”
    Author Unknown

    To the Newell family – I hope this brings you as much peace as it did for me in my time of grief. God bless you all…. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days to come.
    With love, Donna

  5. Carl Voellmecke & Becca Rohner on February 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    To Mike and all of your family,

    I was deeply saddened to learn about your mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

  6. Art & Mariah Tsubaki on February 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Dear Mike and the extended Newell Family:
    Our condolences to you. We pray for the Newell family during this time of reflection and gathering of the family that you find peace during these difficult times. – Tsubaki Family (Lilly Tsubaki (Lawrence) and Art Tsubaki + family (Osaka Japan))

  7. Linda Hall on February 25, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Dear Newell Family, I worked with June out at Hallmark’s. She was a very nice lady. I’m sorry for your loss.

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