May 19, 2019

Obituary

JUNE MARIE (NOLAN) POODIACK
June Marie (Nolan) Poodiack passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House after a long, brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 42.
June was born on Jan. 31, 1972, at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., to Michael Nolan and June Nolan. The family lived in New York for a time before settling in Danbury and Bethel, Conn., attending St. Peter’s School in Danbury, and Bethel High School, from which she graduated in 1990. June earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Theater Arts from Western Connecticut State University in 1994.
From the age of three, June knew that she wanted to dance, taking classes first at Carvette School of Dance, then at Jacki’s Dance Factory in Danbury, where she remained for several years. Her love of dance blossomed at Jacki’s, and she soon became an assistant and then a teacher. She also taught at the Wilton Dance Studio. June’s love of the stage led her to participate for several years in the summer program at Musicals at Richter in Danbury, as well as onstage and backstage roles at Western Connecticut State University, The Brookfield Playhouse, and the Sherman Playhouse. It was while working backstage at the Brookfield Playhouse that she met her eventual husband, Rob Poodiack in 1991. They married at St. Mary’s Church in Bethel on Aug. 13, 1994.
June and Rob moved to Vermont in 1994, and June immediately began taking classes at Movement Center in Essex. She became a teacher there and then purchased the studio in 1997, expanding it eventually to three locations, and enjoying great success until closing the studio in 2014 when her illness progressed. June also founded and directed Movement Center’s repertory dance company JuMP!, which performed at hundreds of Burlington-area benefits over their 12-year run. June was justifiably proud of how many young men and women she introduced to dance and musical theater, and how many went on to careers in those fields, turning professional, or owning their own studios.
Shortly before and after her cancer diagnosis in August 2013, June became an extreme couponer. She accrued an impressive stockpile of goods at her home and took great pride in racking up big savings at the grocery store. During the fall, she taught couponing classes from her home that were becoming popular.
In addition to her husband, June is survived by her sons, Dan and Tom of Williston; her mother, June Nolan of Las Vegas, Nev.; her father, Michael Nolan, and his wife Anne, of Sparks, Nev.; her brother, Stephen Nolan of Campbell, Calif.; her father and mother-in-law, Bob and Jean Poodiack of New Fairfield, Conn.; her sister-in-law, Shannon Myers and her husband, Dave, of Lancaster, Mass.; and her nephews, Ben, Chris, and Nate Myers of Lancaster, Mass. There will be no calling hours. After cremation, there will be a memorial service and celebration of life for June on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., in Essex. Online condolences may be made through www.gregorycremation.com.
June was an inspiration to all in her fight against cancer, and she carried herself from beginning to end with elegance, dignity, and grace. The family would like to thank the University of Vermont Medical Center Cancer Center, the Visiting Nurse Association, and the Vermont Respite House for the excellent care they gave June, especially in her final days and hours. The family would especially like to thank Jeanne Neu and Nikki Boutin for all their hard work on June’s behalf, and are very glad that June’s longest dancing friends (Jeanne, Nikki, Sue Hill, Amy Patenaude, and Lauren Mumley) were all able to see June at or near the end. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Vermont Respite House or to the Essex Alliance Church Building Fund.

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