In memoriam: June Erna Steves, 1931-2011

June Steves

June Steves, an Edmonds resident since 1967, passed away last week. June was born of Norwegian immigrants Harold and Erna Fremmerlid on June 29, 1931 in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She died in Seattle early in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. June, whose last years were afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, died from complications after a heart attack and was surrounded in love by her family and pastor.

June grew up skiing and enjoying family, friends and the great outdoors as a child in Edmonton, then left the homestead and moved to White Rock near Vancouver, B.C., where she went to high school. Her family then moved to Seattle, where her father started and ran Oslo Electric Company and where she lived with her mother and siblings, Harold, Sylvia and Norman.

Once in Seattle, June soon met Dick Steves–nearly knocking him off his skates at a local roller rink. They were married in 1951. June supported Dick as he finished his university studies, taught band in public schools and tuned pianos. June ran the home front in Crown Hill, Kenmore and Edmonds with love and energy, and she and Dick raised three children: Rick (born 1955), Janis (born 1956) and Linda (born 1958). In 1967, the Steves family moved to Edmonds, where all three children attended Edmonds High School.

June was a founding member of St. Peter by The Sea Lutheran Church. And it was in Edmonds that June and Dick Steves founded and ran “Steves Sound of Music,” their store in which they brought the world’s greatest pianos from Europe to Edmonds and then from Edmonds to music lovers throughout the Puget Sound area.

Each weekend for decades, June organized camping and boating excursions. She harvested the sea and cooked it up expertly. She was a traveler, a skier, a parent, a partner and friend who complemented Dick as if a match designed in heaven. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, first mate of the good ship “Junie,” and friend who provided a Christian foundation for an entire family.

Those who survive June — her husband, three children, six grandchildren (Cayleigh, Nicole, Tyler, Kelsey, Andy, and Jackie) and brothers Norman and Harold — will remember her with thanks and love.

Those mourning the loss of June celebrate her 80 years on this earth as a lifetime well lived and filled with adventure, a passion for life, and love. A service to remember her life was celebrated at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood on Dec. 31.

— Submitted by Rick Steves


  1. Rick, my condolences to you and your family. I was on your 1984 tour, then again in 1986 on “The Untour.” I was your dad’s bus buddy, so he and your mom included me in several picnics, outings, etc. They were lovely people and certainly added to my enjoyment of the trip. I think none of us is ever ready to lose our mother, so I hope it will help that you have so many wonderful memories of your mom to cherish. Peace.

  2. What a beautiful tribute. Tears filled my eyes at the descriptions of this lovely lady. I’m grateful for her legacy, even as I explore the Europe she and your dad introduced to you Rick.

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