Obituary: Marion June Birmingham

Jan. 5, 1923 ~ Jan. 24, 2020

Marion June Birmingham, 97, of the Town of Sevastopol died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

She was born in Sturgeon Bay to Herman and Elsie (Thenell) Geitner. After graduating from Sevastopol High School as the salutatorian in 1940, June studied at Green Bay Business School.

After graduation, she moved back to Sturgeon Bay and began working at the Sturgeon Bay Shipyard and Drydock Company, where she was employed for 13 years, and oversaw the Army and naval boats, as well as the dignitaries.

On Feb. 16, 1946, June and North “Bud” Edwin Birmingham were united in marriage at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. On July 1, 1953, they purchased Bay Beach Bar and Geitner’s Resort from June’s parents and renamed it Birmingham’s Bar and Cottages. June was an integral part of the bar’s day-to-day operations well into her 90s.

June and Bud were members of the Door County Tavern League and the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. In their free time, they enjoyed taking Tavern League trips to Las Vegas. They spent 56 wonderful years together until he died June 11, 2003. June also loved cooking, collecting recipes and gambling on horses with her brother, Bob.

June will be missed by her son, Brad (Jackie) Birmingham; grandchildren, McKenzie (Chris Rodriguez), Drew, Bryce (Ashley Hockers), and Lily Birmingham; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bud; brother, Robert (Lorraine) Geitner; sister, Dorothy (Joe) Gmach; brother-in-law, Lorin (Florence) Birmingham; and sisters-in-law, Arlene (John) Moore, Doris (Thomas) Tong, Delores (Don) Larson, and Marvel (Reuben) Smith.

A funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 27, 11 am, at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, with Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp Sr. officiating. June will be laid to rest next to her husband, Bud, in Bayside Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, 2-6 pm, at Huehns Funeral Home. Visitation will continue Jan. 27, 9:30-11 am, at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church.

June’s family thanks the Door County Medical Center’s nursing staff members for their care and compassion in taking care of June. An extended and heartfelt thank-you to the Birmingham’s “family” staff for being so wonderful, loving and caring toward June over all the years.

Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of June can be shared through her tribute page at

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