E. June Iola, 88, Retired from City of Haverhill

E_June_IolaE. June Iola, 88, a longtime resident of Haverhill died Sunday, Aug. 30, with her family by her side. She leaves her husband (her Honey) of 68 years, Louis Robert Iola.

Born in Ipswich on June 28, 1927, to the late Arthur and Hazel Rambo, she was educated in the Ipswich, Rowley and Haverhill School systems. She was employed at Haverhill City Hall in the purchasing and health departments for 16 years retiring in 1988. She enjoyed spending time traveling to Florida with her husband and vacationing to Maine with her children and grandchildren. She hosted Easter Sunday for more than 30 years, spent countless hours sewing Halloween costumes for all the grandchildren and enjoyed knitting and needlepoint. She was an avid photographer and particularly enjoyed capturing birds, flowers and animals of any kind. No photo was off limits. She could be seen chasing turkeys in the backyards of West Newbury and climbing rocks at Plum Island for sun-bathing seals.

In addition to her husband, she leaves her son Stephen Iola and his wife Ginger; daughters Joanne (Jody) Dinges and her fiancé Kevin Greenwood, and Suzanne Iola Callahan and her husband Shawn; grandchildren Holly Dinges, Gerry and Genna Iola Grasso, Michael Iola and his wife Megan, and Lauren Iola; sister Esther (Kootchie) Madden of Boca Raton, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and many neighbors. She was predeceased by son Robert Arthur Iola, who died in 2013.

The family expresses gratitude to the nurses and aides at the Wingate in Haverhill, RN Paul of hospice and the hospice staff and the staff at Merrimack Valley Elder Services.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her calling hours Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill, followed by a funeral service at 6:45 at the funeral home. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to: Emmaus, Inc., P.O. Box 568, Haverhill, MA 01831.