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Harry Joseph GREENLIEF
Anna Eudora (Dora) WICKHAM
Porter Lester AINSWORTH
Irwin Llewlyn Wickham GREENLIEF
Lucretia Eleanor AINSWORTH

June Eleanor GREENLIEF


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1. Nelam L. HILL

June Eleanor GREENLIEF 2

  • Born: 6 Jun 1928, Ft. Dodge, Webster Co, IA 4
  • Marriage (1): Nelam L. HILL on 21 Jul 1960 in Cook Co, IL 1
  • Marriage (2): Ralph KESSLER (KISHINEVSKY) on 6 Sep 1972 in Chicago, Cook Co, IL 2 3
  • Died: 6 Jan 2000, Berkeley, Alameda Co, CA at age 71 4

bullet  General Notes:

PHOTO: submitted by Marty Greenlief

Name: June Greenlief
Marriage Date: 21 Jul 1960
Spouse: Nelam
Marriage Location: Cook County, IL
Marriage license: B6700600-EC5F-4695-8B2A-CFF66EF39A1A
File Number: 2576291
Archive collection name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Marriages)
Archive repository location: Chicago, IL
Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk

DESCENDANTS OF PETER & MARY HALLENBECK GREENLEAF: Eleanor Greenlief (b. 6 Jun 1928 - Ft. Dodge, Webster, Iowa, USA; d. 6 Jan 2000 Berkeley, Alameda, CA, USA) sp: Nelem Hill (m. Bet Aug 30, 1951 and May 1953 (Div); d. Abt 1995 - New York City,NY, USA) sp: Ralph Kessler (b. 9 Apr 1921; m. 6 Sep 1972; d. 29 Jun 2001 - Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA

OBIT: San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday., January 13, 2000: June Kessler - A memorial service will be conducted tomorrow for June Kessler, long time host of a weekly Bay Area radio show on aging and disability, who died January 6 at the age of 71.
For 20 years, Mrs. Kessler conducted the radio show "Fighting Back", which is broadcast on KUSF-FM every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The show, which first was broadcast on KALW-FM, is the longest-running radio show of its kind in the United States.
Since 1988, Mrs. Kessler was co-host of the show with Maggie Dee, who will continue to conduct "Fighting Back" every Sunday.
Mrs. Kessler interviewed hundred of people for the program, including civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, State Sen. John Burton and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who proclaimed June 7, 1998, "Fighting Back Day in San Francisco."
"Everyone imaginable has been on our program," said Mrs. Kessler's husband, Ralph, who produced the show. "The secret of our program was that June never asked questions about things she already knew. She wanted spontaneity."
Mrs. Kessler, who earned a master's degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, taught English at a junior college in Chicago before moving to San Francisco with her husband in 1977. She became more interested in disability issues in 1967, when she broke her hip in an accident and then suffered a cerebral stroke. Her hip never fully healed.
Ralph Kessler will appear on "Fighting Back" Febuary 6th to pay tribute to his wife, who is also survived by a brother, Joe Greenlief, of Randolph, Utah.
A memorial service for Mrs. Kessler is scheduled tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the dining room at Strawberry Creek Lodge, a senior housing facility at 1320 Addison St. in Berkeley where she lived.

SSDI: June E. Kessler; b. June 6, 1928; d. Jan. 2000; issued IA; last residence: Berkeley, Alameda Co, CA.

LETTER FROM ELEANOR AINSWORTH GREENLIEF BAIRD TO MARTY GREENLIEF, 2-19-1986: "June's first husband was Nelem Hill (black). You will have to get dates of marriage and divorce from June. When they were married, he was employed by the Housing Dept. of Bureau of New JERSEY, and June taught English at the Bank Street College of Education in Newark (I believe, that is the address). She later returned to Chicago and was secy. and ghost writer for Kermit Eby, in the social science Dept of the U. of Chi. After his death she was secy & ghost writer for the head of the Weights & Measures Dept. of the City of Chi., and went around as Betty Budget, checking markets, etc. While working for Eby she and Eby co-authored a book PARADOXES OF DEMOCRACY - Haddam House, 1956. Then she taught English and English Lit at Wilson Jr. College, Chi., until she had her hip surgery. She and Ralph moved to SF following their marriage - get dates from her."


June married Nelam L. HILL on 21 Jul 1960 in Cook Co, IL.1 (Nelam L. HILL was born on 11 May 1926 4 and died on 14 Apr 1992 in New York City, NY 4.)


June next married Ralph KESSLER (KISHINEVSKY), son of Nathan KESSLER (KISHINEVSKY) and Sonja BISNOVATY, on 6 Sep 1972 in Chicago, Cook Co, IL.2 3 (Ralph KESSLER (KISHINEVSKY) was born on 9 Apr 1921 in Russia 5 and died on 29 Jun 2001 in Berkeley, Alameda Co, CA 5.)



1 Cook Co, IL, Marriage Index, 1930-1960.

2 Descendants of Peter & Mary Hallenbeck Greenleaf.

3 Info from Marty Greenlief.

4 Social Security Death Index.

5 Death Certificate of Ralph Kessler.

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