on July 1, 2013 - 7:46 PM
, updated July 2, 2013 at 2:39 AM
June 8, 1920 – June 26, 2013
June B. Walker, a pioneer as a woman in the construction business, died Wednesday after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 93 and lived in Canterbury Woods retirement community, Amherst.
A native of Buffalo, the former June Seufert graduated from the Buffalo Seminary and from business college.
She worked briefly in banking prior to marrying Stuart A. Walker of Buffalo in 1941.She raised three sons while serving as an active school and community volunteer and member of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Graduates Association of the Buffalo Seminary. In her retirement, she was an active member of the Twentieth-Century Club.
When her husband founded a construction company in the 1960s, she joined him as vice president, making her a pioneering female contractor at the time, as she worked side by side with her husband in developing the company, known as Stuart A. Walker and Associates. She and her husband closed the business when they retired in 1985.
In her youth, Mrs. Walker was an accomplished violinist, winning competitions in both Canada and the United States. She was also an avid bowler, winning numerous trophies, and maintained a lifelong physical fitness regimen into her 90s.
Her husband died in 1999, and her youngest son, Timothy L., died in 1992.
Survivors include two sons, David S. and George W.
A memorial service will be scheduled.