She was was born on June 2, 1924, in San Luis Obispo to A.R. and Jennie Storni. She grew up on her family's dairy farm north of Cayucos and graduated from Cambria High School.
In 1946, she received her bachelor's degree from San Jose State University, where she was active in Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Epsilon Fan, Spartan Spears and Black Masque. She taught at East Orosi Elementary School before marrying Henry Nielson, Jr. in 1948. They settled in Fresno and had two sons, Mark and Kirk.
In the late 1950s, she earned a master's degree in audiology and returned to teaching. She earned a second master's degree after the family moved to the Midpeninsula in 1963. She was a reading specialist at Whisman Elementary School in Mountain View for 20 years. After retiring, she became a tutor with the Early Literacy Program at the Avenidas senior center in Palo Alto. Tutoring children from Spanish-speaking families heightened her longstanding study of Spanish, and she continued studying the rest of her life.
She traveled extensively, making lifelong friends in Europe, Mexico, South America, Southeast Asia and Australia.
Twelve years after Henry died, she married John Cademartori, whom she had met in her square dancing group "Bows and Beaus." They continued to square dance and together were active in Friendship Force, Habitat for Humanity and First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto.
The couple moved to Pilgrim Haven retirement community in Los Altos, where June was on the residents council, delivered newspapers and walked 10,000 steps a day.
Her family said she will likely be remembered most for her boundless energy. She was always on the move. She was the consummate hostess, constantly overseeing gatherings. She gave generously of her time and resources in her many volunteer activities. Her family remembers her as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who was guided by her deep Christian faith.
Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or Heifer International.
A memorial service will be held on June 9 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.
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