SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 3, 2013

June Marie Behrens, 87


TOPSFIELD — Mrs. June Marie (Bourque) Behrens died at 6:29 a.m. after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in Lynn, Mass., to Margaret and Alphee Bourque. She graduated from Boston University in 1947 and married in 1953 to Henry Behrens, the love of her life. They settled in Topsfield to raise their three children and moved to Orleans on Cape Cod in retirement.

June was a dedicated wife and mother who put family first. She also taught second grade at Proctor Elementary School in Topsfield. Never tiring of adventure, she was always first out the door. She loved vacationing in a camping trailer and enjoyed many years of travel in an Airstream. She also liked hiking, bicycling, reading, golfing, bowling, bridge, aerobic dancing, dining out, ice cream, and anything chocolate.

She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about 13 years ago, and her interests and abilities slowly disappeared. Her loving husband took care of her at home for five years, and continued to see to her needs for seven more years at a nursing home. She spent her last days with comfort care at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

She was predeceased by her mother and father; her brother, Gerald; and her son, Steven. She is survived by her husband, Henry; her two daughters, Donna and Margie; her grandchildren, Jessica, Sarah, Jason, and Jerel; her great-granddaughter, Aubree; and other relatives including nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Park Street, Topsfield, on Friday, April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will immediately follow the visitation at 1 p.m. She will be buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, Topsfield. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple Street (Route 62), Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in June's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.