Obituary for June True
Dr. June True, Author, Professor and Social Activist
Our beloved June Audrey True passed from this life on Christmas Eve. In September, she celebrated her 90th birthday. June was a resident of central NJ (Plainfield and Stockton in particular) for many years. For the past six months, she resided in Bedford County, PA near her eldest daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and John Topper.
Though her parents hailed from New Brunswick, Canada, June was born in Brooklyn, NY and recounted many fine memories of her childhood there. She spoke often of her beloved father, Harry Brown True, who died on the night of her eighth grade graduation. He was an ordained minister of the Grace Reformed Episcopal Church. He was known as the “Moving Man Evangelist” because of his habit of conducting his moving storage business during the day and giving his free time to evangelistic work. His influence on June shone through in her daily life and in her great love for St. Andrews Episcopal Church and its congregation in Lambertville.
June was an irrepressibly hard worker who held fast to the values of perseverance, self-driven education, thrift and honest living. She attended college at night while raising her seven children, earning her doctorate in Sociology from Rutgers University. She believed in racial justice and was proud to be at the march on Washington in 1963 and to serve as the secretary for the Congress for Racial Equality. She spent the greater part of her career as a college professor at Trenton State (now known as The College of NJ). She was a great writer, and the author of Finding Out: Conducting and Evaluating Social Research, published in two editions by Wadsworth in the 1980s.
June believed in the democratic ideal. She and her husband Norman worked many years at the polls in Hunterdon County, NJ. Over 40 years of marriage, they enjoyed many shared interests, including: gourmet food (as members of the Chaine de Rotisseurs), equestrian pursuits, gardening, vegetarian cooking, daily exercise, cruises on the QE II, and British TV series.
June was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Harriet, her half brother Charles, her half-sister Edna (Di Napoli), her eldest son Paul Albert, and her nephew Joseph Di Napoli Sr. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Norman Heap, her 3 sons (William, Norman and Claude Albert), her 3 daughters (Ruth (Albert) Topper, Emily (Albert) Ricketts, and Catherine (aka Katie) Albert), 2 stepsons (George and Patrick Heap), 16 grandchildren (Jennifer, Sierra, Lauren Elizabeth, Victoria, John, Joby, Jesse, Aaron, Andrew, Anna, Steven, Lauren, Ryan, James, Megan, and Alexander), 10 great grandchildren, 1 niece (Janice) and 3 nephews (Anthony Di Napoli,Gary True and Ronald True) and many beloved friends.
In the spring, a memorial service will be held in Lambertville, NJ at Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fisherman’s Mark http://fishermansmark.org/donations/.