June Berry


June Humber Berry (née Schlanker), 71, of Town and Country, died at her home on the evening of May 25, 2023 surrounded by her family following a 5-year journey with cancer.

She and her twin sister, Jane, were born February 21, 1952, in Mexico (Audrain County), the daughters of Edgar Boone and Mildred Lucille (Diekroeger) Schlanker.

June grew up in Montgomery City, where she was a member of the United Methodist Church. She graduated from Montgomery County R-II High School in 1970. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Drury University in 1974, where she made many lifelong friends and was an active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She would later earn a Masters of Education also from Drury University. She used her education, working as a special education teacher in Springfield and Kansas City and later substitute-teaching in St. Louis.

As an educator, June was dedicated to supporting education throughout her life. She was a hardworking volunteer at her daughters’ schools, a committed member of P.E.O., and a passionate reader, trainer, and advocate for Ready Readers. She was also very active with Manchester United Methodist Church where she was a member for 33 years, serving as a Sunday school teacher and on other committees. 

In addition to her numerous volunteer and philanthropic commitments, June loved spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, hiking, traveling, and reading.

June was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to her husband of over 41 years, Robert T. Berry, she is survived by her children Carolyn M.B. (Scott) Carnes of Galesburg, Ill. and Katherine T. (Andrew Moore) Berry of St. Louis; three grandchildren; her brother Robert H. (Sue) Schlanker of Wentzville; her sisters-in- law Colleen Anderson (Kim) of Bonita Springs, Fla. and Ellen Schlanker of St. Louis; and nieces, nephews, many cousins and countless friends.

June was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Jane Trabue Schlanker and Edgar Boone Schlanker, Jr.

Visitation was held on May 30 at the Family Center of Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin and on May 31 at Manchester United Methodist Church.  A funeral service was held May 31 at Manchester United Methodist Church. A graveside service followed at the Montgomery City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Manchester United Methodist Church, PEO International, Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis and Ready Readers of St. Louis.