June Bradbury Broili passed away Monday, August 1, 2011, at her home in Reno after a short illness. She was born on June 1, 1919 to Albert and Alice (Anderton) Bradbury of Bancroft, Idaho, the daughter of a railroad family. Her father worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, which brought her family to Sparks, Nevada, in 1922, where she attended Sparks schools, graduating from Sparks High School in 1936.
June earned her bachelor of science degree in home economics from the University of Nevada in 1940 and taught for one year in Wells, Nevada, before marrying Julius Broili, Jr., in 1941. Her father-in-law and husband owned and operated Nevada Machinery & Electric Company, a pioneer electrical company which was later known as Broili's, which they operated until 1983. She was a buyer and active participant for that company.
June and Julius were always active in the American Baptist Church, most recently the American Baptist Fellowship of Reno.
Preceding her in death are her brother, Gerald “Bud” Bradbury, in 1952, her husband, Julius, in 1992; her sister, Thelma Bradbury Joslin, in 1989; and her brother, Jack Bradbury, the well known artist, in 2010.
June is survived by Robert H. Broili, son, Sally Sue Broili, mother of Eric A. Broili (Thor) and Susan H. Broili-Kamesch (Joshua), and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous grandnieces and grandnephews and their families. Her only surviving nephew is Franklin Grunstead of Sparks, Nevada. She was also preceded by her nieces, Nancy Grunstead, Winifred Miller and Audrey Lemaire.
June studied communication and journalism under Dr. Arthur Gould which inspired her to write the cooking columns for the Reno Gazette Journal, several published articles and two books. Easy Cookin' in Nevada and Tales of the Sagebrush State was published in 1985. It is a compilation of the history of Nevada, photographs from the Nevada Historical Society and other sources, and her well-received recipes. An addendum of more stories and recipes was published in 1985 for the University of Nevada's 100th Birthday Celebration with the forward written by well-known columnist Rollan Melton.
Her book, Church's Greenland Odyssey – Dr. James Edward Church, published in 1997, featured the famous Nevada professor, explorer, scientist, and humanitarian as he traveled in Greenland in 1927. The National Federation of Press Women awarded her third place for this book at its annual convention held at the Press Club in Washington, D.C.
June and Alice Jane Chism Fraser traveled to England to research independent living homes such as the Cheshire House, which assists disabled persons teaching them how to live independently at a transition house. This led to the founding of the transitional housing on Moana Lane.
June served in nearly every office in Chapter F of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women throughout the world. She also was a Past Queen of Amon-Ra Temple 56 and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of the Nevada Press Women, along with being a member of AAUW, the Nevada Historical Society, and the Sparks Heritage Association.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.on Friday August 5, 2011, at the First Congregational Church (U.C.C.), 627 Sunnyside Drive, Reno, Nevada, 89503. She and the family were most appreciative of the assistance by Beverly Irwin of Right at Home, the staff at Atria Summit Ridge as well as St. Mary's Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children® or their favorite charity. Arrangements are entrusted to Walton's Funerals and Cremations, 875 West Second Street, Reno, Nevada, 89503.