June M. Messer

March 03, 1933 ‒ January 07, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

The center or “heart” of her family, June Messer was a dependable wife, mother and grandma.  A wonderful woman who seemed to have a bright smile and kind words, she invested in those she loved.  Her giving heart now at rest, June passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital.  She was 82.

The daughter of Arnold and Eleanor Bertha (Coss) Goranson, June was born March 3, 1933 in Portville, New York and was graduated from Olean High School.

As a teenager, June first met Robert Messer while roller skating.  The two were married on April 21, 1951 and in 1955 they moved from New York to Mt. Vernon.

June served as Girl Scout leader, she was a member of the Mother of Twins Club, the local Elks, the Town and Country Dance Club, and also bowled.  Competitive, June would happily shout “Bingo”!  She enjoyed playing multiple cards at once, and even had her own chips, dauber, and carrying case.  June also enjoyed playing euchre.

She loved dancing together with Robert.  The two also traveled to all of the 50 states as well.

A sports fan, June recently began rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns and NASCAR too.  More importantly, June supported her grandchildren.  Many times driving between 2 and 3 games per day, she just didn’t want to be missed. Tender-hearted she loved her K-9 companion Patches.

A wonderful cook, family favorites included orange cookies and sugar cookies.  Thanksgiving meals weren’t complete without her delicious homemade stuffing.  She also baked the best Swedish rolls.

June is survived by her husband Robert Messer of Mansfield; children Deborah Hudepohl of Mansfield, Dawn (Sean) Foster of Grove City, Paul (Cathy) Messer of Bellefontaine, Brian (Lisa) Messer of Mt. Vernon, and Bruce (Patricia) Messer of Cheyenne, Wyoming; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother John (Barbara) Goranson of Deland, Florida; sister-in-law Judy Goranson of The Villages, Florida, brother-in-law William (Dorothy) Messer of Olean, New York; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Richard Goranson, sister Marjorie (Roger) Button; son-in-law Fred Hudepohl, brother-in-law James (Margaret) Messer.

Her family will receive friends Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 4–7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where her funeral service will be Friday at 11 am.  Pastor Joe Messer will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Richland County Humane Society or American Heart Association may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Aunt June always made me laugh. I fondly remember when Grandma Goranson died and we were all spending the night and laying in our sleeping spots and sharing memories and laughs in the dark. June stopped talking mid sentence. We said “June you didn’t finish what you were saying”. She had fallen asleep mid sentence. We laughed about that story together for years! RIP Aunt June.

  • One of her extended family, I met June after they had moved to Mount Vernon. My mother, Celesta Walker, 1923-2015, and June were best friends, first meeting at the Newcomers Club in Mount Vernon. My sister and I took turns babysitting for June & Bob’s children, aged 5 and under, once a month when the Messer’s and the Walker’s went out to dinner. I remember June always being a part of my life as a child, a teen, and as an adult. June babysat for my younger brother when mother worked, and later in life babysat for my son and my daughter while I worked. I couldn’t love June more if she had been related by blood. Be at peace, my friend. Mother will be happy to be with you again.

  • Debbie, So sorry to hear your sad news. I did not know your Mom but she sounds like a wonderful lady. Praying for you during a difficult time. Keep in touch. Donna

  • May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

  • So many memories, not enough space. A wonderful sister-in-law, June was like a sister to me since we first met in 1963. It is hard to imagine my life without her in it. When I received the devastating news from Debbie, my heart sunk. That evening I dreamed about all of the wonderful times we had together from when I first met June until the last time I saw her last summer.

    My deepest sympathies to Bob, Debbie, Dawn, Paul, Brian, Bruce and their Families, and to John.

    I know June will be at peace now and will join her parents, brother Dick, and sister Marge.

  • To the Messer Families,
    We had the distinct pleasure of getting to know June during her visits to Ohio from Florida and then her move to Mansfield with Bob to the Hudepohl residence. June loved her children and extended family. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of June

  • Brian and Bruce my deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. My prayers go out to you and your families. May God be with you ‘ALL” at this sad time.

  • Paul, Bruce, and Brian, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom.
    I have not seen you guys in years, but we were all in Scouts together.


  • Hi Bob, Debbie, Dawn, Paul, Bryan & Bruce

    I was so saddened to read in the paper about June’s passing. She and all your family were so helpful in taking care of my son Jeff while I worked at Cooper-Bessemer. I have many fond memories. June was such a loving & caring lady. I hope to see you on Thursday. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers. Carolyn Cline

  • We were June’s neighbor for several years. You could always see her outside with all the children she took care of having a good time. We are sorry for the loss of your Mother and wife. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Messer family. Some of my fondest childhood memories are with this family. June was the best caregiver my sister and I could have had as a child. How many families would include you in their family vacations? They show love to all they touch. Because of June I still watch The Young & Restless and think of her while watching it. I was blessed to have been part of their family.
    Love to all of you.