June Delight Canoles was born June 21, 1929. She loved life, adventure, people, humor, teaching and entertaining.
June’s mother sent her to Villa Angelica School in Carmel during WW II, and later, to Moreland Notre Dame School in Watsonville, both run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. June loved everything about these first experiences of being in a Catholic school and meeting Sisters.
By 1948, in her senior year of high school, June was dating a boy, playing violin in the Monterey Symphony Orchestra and riding motorcycles. She knew she could be happy marrying the boy and raising a family together. "But," she thought, "if I become a Sister my life will be bigger, with wider influence." She chose to become a Sister and remembers entering the and convent thinking, "I'm home!"
As Sister Andrew, she brought her energy and enthusiasm to primary grade children in Notre Dame schools in California, Oregon and Washington. As a musician herself, she delighted in directing a 60-voice children’s choir at Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Redwood City. As a principal, she was full of surprises-even riding a motorcycle into a student assembly!
Sr. June always wanted to be an entrepreneur like her mother, who opened the first dance studio on the Monterey Peninsula and trained more than 100 dancers every year.
After 36 years of teaching, Sr. June was ready for a new challenge and asked to explore the science of graphology. After extensive training, she and good friend Sr. Harriet Dow, osf, founded the company Insyte, Inc., to use handwriting analysis to encourage and motivate as well as offer insights into personalities of current and prospective employees. She travelled extensively to give courses and lectures as a graphologist and motivational speaker. With the correspondence course she developed, she assisted corporations and hundreds of individuals around the world.
Business associate Loretta DuBois shared, "Sr. June's reputation among handwriting analysts is well known and far reaching and her knowledge of the craft is precise, effective and admirable." She always believed that people have more positive qualities, strengths and talents than flaws!
Sr. June's positive and encouraging approach helped children and adults in seven different countries; she never missed an opportunity to affirm the unique gifts of others.
After retirement, she enjoyed living with the Sisters at the Province Center in Belmont, CA, then spent the last year of her life at Mercy Retirement & Care Center in Oakland, CA, where she died peacefully on May 3, 2020.
In school settings, offices, and parties, people responded positively to Sr. June’s infectious good humor, her genuine kindliness and compassion. Many friends would echo the words of Karen Ratzlaff, a former staff member at the Sisters’ Province Center: “This spirited, joyous, compassionate woman of God blessed me more than she will ever know.”
“Mine has been a wonderful life,” Sr. June said, “I look back and thank God for everything.”
She will be remembered and greatly missed by her family, especially her sister, Patricia Zanetta, a niece and nephews, her wide circle of friends, former students, and by her Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, of whom she was so proud.
A Memorial Mass will be offered to honor Sr. June’s life at a later date.
Sr. June's Ministries
1953-55 Sacred Heart Elementary School, Salinas, CA
1955 1958 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Redwood City, CA
1958-61 St. Francis of Assisi School, Seahurst, WA
1961-62 Madonna de Sasso Elementary School, Salinas, CA
1962-66 St. Stephen Elementary School, Portland, OR
1966-69 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Redwood City, CA
1969-79 Administrator, Moreland Notre Dame School, Watsonville, CA
1975-1980 Sacred Heart Elementary School, Saratoga, CA
1980-83 Music & Graphoanalysis, St. Lucy Elementary School, Campbell, CA
2009 Volunteer, St. Lucy Elementary School, Campbell
1983-2009 Insyte, Inc., Cupertino, CA
Watch the video below to see Sr. June bring her characteristic good spirits and sense of fun while playing the spoons at the 2018 Province Center Christmas Party!