June Gloria Nissalke passed away on October 19, 2023, in her daughter’s home surrounded by her family. She was born on June 6, 1931, in Winona, MN to Walter and Ivo Renspie. As a youth, she loved roller skating and swimming in Lake Winona. June worked at a bicycle shop and the Chote Building gift counter leading up to graduating from Winona High School. When Bob, her
husband, first saw June he proclaimed, “I’m going to marry her one day!” During their courtship, they loved to dance. Their waltz and swing were admired by all, and people who saw them together on the floor called their dancing “magical.” Over their 72 years of marriage, they enjoyed RVing, camping, and traveling the world.
Bob and June lived in Minnesota, California, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Utah where they built many businesses and collected friends along the way. They hit their stride when they took a chance on a franchising pitch that brought them to Chicago, IL in 1973. There they built up a business called Interstate Batteries where Bob led business capturing and June ran the operations. Bob was personable, motivated, and tireless in building a business, and June was a business mastermind. Their legacy was one of hard work, effort, and relationship building. They leave behind four children: Steve Nissalke (Sue), Joy Midtovne (Cliff), Char Lambert (Robert), Scott Nissalke (Cindy); 15 grandchildren; and 32 great grandchildren. Seeing their grandchildren and great grandchildren was their greatest happiness.
They will both be dearly missed by their friends and family. Camping and RVing were lifelong passions, and their friends at and association with national camping organizations will be a hallmark of their lives. Bob loved people; there wasn’t a person he met that he wouldn’t reach out too. He also played a mean harmonica, loved golfing with his crew, baked cookies for the neighborhood, and could fix anything. June thirsted for knowledge and was uniquely gifted in teaching what she knew to others. She enjoyed lunch with her friends followed by an afternoon of card playing. She also shrewdly played dominos, and she was an avid reader, especially of the Holy Scriptures.
Their other legacy was a devotion to following the Savior. They enjoyed serving their neighbors and those around them. In the early years of their retirement, they served as missionaries for their church in Atlanta, GA. Their posterity will forever benefit from their steadfastness and devotion to their faith.
June is proceeded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Paul, her parents, and her daughter, Cheryle. Cremation rites will be held in accordance with June’s wishes. A celebration of life will be held to honor the life and legacy of Bob and June Nissalke.
Arrangements were entrusted to Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.