June Munzer, a long-time NYC resident, died on Jan. 29, 2013 at the age of 90. She was a creative and gregarious renaissance woman; a painter, poet, and playwright who loved classical music and the arts. A consummate native New Yorker, she was often found at museums, recitals, operas, dance performances and eateries around the city.
June had a passion for word games and would play Scrabble, Anagrams, Boggle or Jotto at any chance with friends and family. She delighted in taking on the challenge of any New York Times crossword puzzle.
A master Bridge player who enjoyed a good card game, she had just as much fun engaging in Crazy Eights with her grandchildren as she did hopping around the contract bridge clubs in the tri-state area, often belying her age and confounding her opponents by coming out on top.
A life-long learner as well as a natural teacher, June taught art classes for many years as well a Bridge classes, always inspiring students with her insight, expertise and big heart.
She played many instruments including the piano and the recorder. She was still taking lessons up until a month before her passing, and was always looking to improve and expand her knowledge and abilities.
June’s longevity was a testament to a life filled with curiosity, wonder and a healthy, mostly vegetarian (and organic) diet. Despite a bout with breast cancer in the early ‘90s, she went on to defy all odds, living for another two decades, more energetic and active than many people half her age.
June Munzer was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be remembered for her infectious smile, positive outlook and warmth!
She is survived by her husband Jerry Crown of Riverdale, NY; daughter Gloria Owens of Brookfield, CT; son Mark Munzer of Westwood, MA, 4 grandchildren (Jeffrey Owens, Robyn Munzer, Sean Munzer and Amy Munzer)
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her memory to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation: www.umdf.org.