June Franklin-Hawk was a community-minded philanthropist. Outgoing, she thrived on interacting with people, her husband Jerry Franklin said.
Franklin-Hawk performed public relations for the Woodmar Shopping Center and was an enthusiastic volunteer for Channel 50 at Lake Central High School while her son was a student there. She personally solicited merchandise from area businesses for the station’s annual week-long auction bringing in many donations through her person to person contact and persuading a local restaurant owner to donate all of the food for the many volunteers who staffed the listing boards and telephones.
Franklin-Hawk loved animals. As a child she had a horse that she showed in the western event at the Lake County Fair. As an adult she was the first breeder of Silky Terriers in Lake County, receiving her first Silky Terrier from Sydney, Australia in the 70’s, Jerry Franklin said. A lifetime member of the Silky Terrier Club of America, she raised three champions.
Franklin-Hawk, of Schererville, loved to travel with her favorite destination being Florida’s Disney World.
“She often commented that no matter how many times you go, there was always something different to see,” Jerry Franklin, her husband of 29 years, said. “She was like a little kid in a candy store wanting new pictures with the Disney characters. She was always amazed when she made the reservations and the person on the other end of the phone said you have been here more than 50 times.”
Franklin-Hawk was an ardent shopper who enjoyed looking for a bargain. When she walked into a store she would frequently run into someone she knew and strike up a conversation.
Franklin-Hawk loved to build houses serving as the general contractor on several.
“She coordinated the rehab on over 18 homes and assisted in their sale,” Jerry Franklin said. “She knew what had to be done. She purchased the material, helped to complete the project or oversaw the project to make sure it was completed properly.”