June Alaniz

Jun 18, 2013 Staff

June Alaniz died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Wind River Healthcare in Riverton. She was 82 years old.

A parish vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at St. Francis Church in Thermopolis. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at the church with Father Hugo L. Blotsky officiating. Burial will follow at Monument Hill Cemetery in Thermopolis. A luncheon will be served in the John Paul II Center.

June Alaniz was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Joplin, Mo., the daughter of Dean and Katie (Kirby) Cunningham. The family later moved to Riverton where she graduated from Riverton High School.

On Dec. 7, 1947, she married Chuck Shaw at the Methodist Church in Riverton. The couple had three sons. They enjoyed square dancing, and Mr. Shaw was a caller in Fremont County. He died in 1975.

She married Joe Alaniz on Dec. 26, 1977. The couple moved to Thermopolis in 2000.

In 2007, Mrs. Alaniz converted to the Catholic faith, the faith of her husband. She was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

In 2010, she moved the Homestead Assisted Living in Riverton to be closer to her son Rod. She later moved to Wind River Healthcare.

Her family said she took great pride in her work as a housewife. They said her hobbies included playing golf, fishing, sewing, crocheting, quilting and growing flowers. The family dogs, PeeWee and Herky, were her companions for many years.

She is survived by her son Rod (Margaret) Shaw of Riverton; daughter-in-law Susan Shaw of Riverton; brothers Buckley (Sid) Cunningham of Canada and Chadwick (Roberta) Cunningham of Longview, Wash.; sister Diana (Brooks) Luke of Thermopolis; grandchildren Stacy Shaw Vargas, Chuck Shaw, Ben Shaw and Brady Shaw; seven great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends Weldon and Donna Althoff.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Chuck Shaw and Joe Alaniz (2008); grandparents Drury and Rebecca (Yates) Cunningham and Thomas and Anna (Nielson) Kirby; her parents; and sons Samuel Shaw and Brad Shaw.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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