Mernervia Jean Soberanis, 77, of Hamden, CT, went to heaven, Saturday, January 13, 2024. She was born in New York, NY on January 11, 1947 to the late Lewis Turner and Ida Mae Tyrone-Turner. Jean graduated from Commerce High School and studied at Hunters College in New York, NY.

Jean started her professional career at 19 years old at Gen Re in New York, NY. She started as a secretary, flourished in her career, and quickly ascended through the leadership ranks. In 2002, Jean retired as Second Vice President of Accounting at Gen Re in Stamford, CT.

Jean had many gifts. As a young child she played the bass fiddle. As an adult, Jean loved to be in motion. She was an avid athlete and loved racquetball, tennis, and softball. Her true passion was golf, with ongoing memberships at her local country clubs. After she retired, Jean immersed herself in her new passions – arts & crafts and board games including dominoes and Mahjong. She was a local member of an arts & crafts club, where she weekly would host the “girls” to make greeting cards.

Jean was full of zest, exuded strength and vitality, and her presence commanded a room. Her sense of fashion set the standard for excellence – Jean’s stylish hats, bold accessories, red lipstick, set the trend for all to follow.

Jean is survived by five children: Selene Y. Fleming (Donald, Jr.), of Connecticut; Richard H. June (decd. Heather), of Ohio; Kimberly June, of Pennsylvania; Sherri June and Kelly June, of Connecticut. Jean enjoyed a close bond with her surviving granddaughter Liah G. Sinquefield, who supported Jean’s care during her final stages of life. Jean also enjoyed a close relationship with her surviving grandchildren: Melissa Dorn (Andrew); Caroline Dorn; Kelsey Fragale (Steven); Collin June (Rachel); Liam Bryant (Katherine); Cameron June (Anna); Aidan Bryant; Olivia June; Javon Greenawald; Alex Greenawald and her five great-grandchildren. Jean is survived by her sisters Delores Espiritu; Geraldine “Jerry” Newman (Arthur); Marilyn Gimigliano; her brother Vernon Alexis; as well as her sister in law Elaina Burge, and her brothers-in-law Stephen Gimigliano, Francisco Robateau, Luis Robateau, and Michael Robateau. Jean also had a host of nieces and nephews: Michael Newman; Andrea Cermeno (Juan); Stephanie Gimigliano-Maandouche (Marouane); Stephen Gimigliano; and Lisa Gimigliano, whom she cherished and loved dearly.

Jean was preceded in death by her former husband Leo E. Soberanis and her second husband Richard June Sr.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting you make a donation to your favorite charity.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, January 18, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Cornerstone Christian Center, 349 Wheelers Farm Road, Milford, CT. Visitation will occur at the church from 9:00-10:00 AM. The entombment will be in the mausoleum at All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Avenue, North Haven, CT.

The service will be live-streamed via the following link: