27 Jun
2013

All the Saints, All the Time: Honoring June Nearon of Lindenhurst, NY

june_nearonMrs. Nearon has been an active member of St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Lindenhurst for 48 years. She serves on the Altar Guild, is a lay reader, a Licensed Eucharistic Minister, an officer in the Boniface Society, a member of the “Fun”raising Committee, and the Episcopal Church Women.  She is a former vestry member and Day Care Center Board of Directors.  She also served as Liaison of the Mary Project; a program for women in transition attempting to rejoin the workforce. She is a lifelong Episcopalian and is devoted to her faith.

June is devoted to people, and has been a devoted civil servant beginning with her tenure with the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP). During her time at the NAACP, she advocated for and fought for the civil rights of persons of color and marginalized individuals. Mrs. Nearon had the opportunity to work with the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, Walter White and Roy Wilkins.

June is a Licensed Social Worker who worked for the city of New York in the Department of Human Services specializing in training and development of staff and, as the Director of the Non Secure Detention Programs for children committed to the foster care system. Under her direction, she implemented programs that were designed to promote health and well being of committed wards. Many of the children within her program attended and graduated college and have contributed to society.  A recent reunion in her honor brought generations of those whom she has helped to celebrate her ministry to the people of New York.  Mrs. Nearon has dedicated herself to assisting others in need. She has demonstrated a willingness to go the extra mile to ensure that persons are treated fairly and with dignity.  Mrs. Nearon received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Mrs. Nearon helped to design and implement the St. Boniface Day Care Center to assist women who were referred by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services.

June continues to serve on the Altar Guild and conducts morning prayer services weekly.  She also serves as the de facto Chair of the Boniface Society, a group of our most experienced congregants who minister to our veterans and those less fortunate.  June’s assistance and contributions to the church’s Capital Campaign and “Fun”raising Committees has been non-paralleled.  Her financial and time commitments have ensured the success of each of our events.

June has been a dedicated member of the Episcopal Church Women for over 50 years, at St Boniface and her previous parishes.

June and her late husband Darrell raised two children. She has four grandchildren and is the great grandmother of five.  Her commitment to her family in her words is her “reason for living.”  However, her commitment to her humanity and her Church cannot be discounted.

Nominated by Deborah Richberg, May 2013. We are deeply grateful to Ms. Richberg and all the others who have nominated these outstanding women for the All the Saints, All the Time recognition through the Episcopal Women’s History Project.

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