June Marie Stork Sokol
After a 15-month journey of courage, determination, patience and faith, June Marie Stork Sokol, 77, went to heaven to walk with Jesus on Sunday, June 13. She was surrounded by all of her children with love, laughter and tears.
June was born to Francis and Sylvia (Rosenstengel) Stork on May 1, 1944, in Paxico, Kansas. June grew up in Topeka, Kansas as the eldest of four sisters. She excelled in academics and attended Bishop Miege High School where afterwards she was recruited by the U.S. State Department. Curious and eager to see the world, June moved to Paris, France to become an executive assistant to the U.S. ambassador for NATO.
While in Paris, she was charmed by one Dennis A. Sokol of Redding, California, who was enlisted in the U.S. Army. They married on June 3, 1967, in London, England and soon after moved to California where they started their family. During the next 28 years, June raised four beautiful children: Sara, Alex, Heidi and Jake, all the while moving across the country several times residing in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Connecticut. After moving about the world, she would finally find her “Joie de Vivre” on Mount Desert Island in the summer of 1996, firmly believing that “If you’re lucky enough to live by the sea, you’re lucky enough.”
June had a passion-filled life of faith, family, friendship, traveling and reading. She was an active member of Transfiguration Parish attending St. Peter’s Church in Southwest Harbor where she was proud to be a Eucharistic minister. Always a smiling and friendly presence, everyone knew June’s favorite seat in the back right corner of the church. She treasured the opportunity to visit with fellow parishioners at weekly coffee hours, and especially enjoyed breakfast after Sunday mass with the church ladies at a local café.
If there was a book to be read, June was reading it and you could always find her at the Southwest Harbor Library in the Reading Room where she perused through the magazines and chose her next novels to dive into. She loved being part of a wonderful book club with her very close friends where they could discuss and debate their newest literary delight.
June’s curiosity to explore the world and experience different cultures led her to many adventures with her husband, children and friends. She was always up for a great trip – and to her, every trip was great. Her favorite adventures were to Ireland where she enjoyed the company of friends just as much as the countryside. June didn’t need to get on a plane to see beauty – she appreciated her local neighborhoods and Seawall campgrounds, particularly when she was able to walk through these lands with her best friends and family.
Bar none, June’s greatest joy was connecting with her children and grandchildren over emails, calls and FaceTimes. There was not a day that went by where June did not speak to one member or more of her family to hear the latest comings and goings of daily life in the family. Her signature handwriting could be found on diligently written notes and cards that her children, grandchildren, and friends alike were lucky enough to receive.
June is survived by Dennis A. Sokol, Connecticut; and their four children: Sara Yeterian and her husband Tommy, Connecticut; Alex Sokol and his wife Violetta, Italy; Heidi Carmain and her husband Peter, Pennsylvania; Jake Sokol and his wife Jessica, South Carolina; ten grandchildren: Geoffrey, Matthew, Emily, Benjamin, Diana, Abagail, Dennis, Blanche, Hobart, and Frances; her sister Beth Anderson and her husband Gary, Illinois; four nephews: Joe, Clark, Boyd, Scott; and one niece, Carol. June is preceded in death by her mother and father and younger sisters, Nancy Dennington, Texas; and Suzanne Stork.
To the last day, June was true to herself. She was always happy exactly where she was. She enjoyed every morsel of her days – seeing beauty and happiness in the simplest of things. She never took life too seriously. She loved to laugh and her infectious chuckle echoed through the mountains of Mount Desert Island. June cherished her relationships as her most prized possession. She had a patient, kind and humble heart that will forever be deeply missed.
A funeral mass will be held on Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. in Manset at St. Peter’s Church. All are welcome to come celebrate June’s life.