June B. (Knight) Ekstrom(1930 - 2013)

FRANKLIN - June B. (Knight) Ekstrom, 82, longtime resident of the Northfield and Franklin area, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the Merrimack County Nursing Home after a period of declining health.

June, the daughter of John and Florence Knight, was born on Sept. 15, 1930, and raised in Dover. She lived in the Northfield/Franklin area for much of her life and worked in the offices of several local factories, eventually retiring from the State of New Hampshire.

In her youth, she enjoyed racing cars at Lee Motor Speedway and helping out at her family's business, Knight's Garage in Barrington. Throughout the years, June enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as taking many trips to Foxwoods and playing Monday Night Bingo at the Laconia VFW. June's indomitable, fiery spirit, as well as her quick wit will be missed by so many.

June is the widow of Conrad V. Ekstrom Sr., who died in 1999. She is also predeceased by her parents; her stepfather, Lawrence Jarvis; and her stepson, Rick Marshall.

She is survived by two brothers and their spouses, Fred and Bobbi Knight of Barrington and Glen and Maggie Knight of Franklin. In addition, she is survived by six children and their spouses and three step-children, Bonnie Sewell and Jay Walsh of Ft. Myers, Fla., Roland and Debbie Ekstrom of Northfield, Debbie Rowell and Tom Stevens of Franklin, Donna Bean and Steve Gottardi of Sanbornton, Bentley Ekstrom of Warren, Dedi and Doug Sampson of Bow, Conrad (Butch) Ekstrom Jr. of Tilton, and Vicki Hussman of Tilton. Her surviving 11 grandchildren include, Sean, Chris, and Matt Sewell, Tobey and Corey Bean, Mandie Rowell-Hagan, Stephen Ekstrom, Missy Motteler, Marcy Ekstrom, Ashley Alberts, and Brady Gilbert. She also leaves behind 20 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and several dear, life-long friends.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a graveside service Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m., at Park Cemetery, Tilton.

Donations may be made to the Franklin/Northfield VNA or to the Dickie Rowell Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Franklin Savings Bank, 387 Central St., Franklin, 03235.

Published in The Concord Monitor on May 9, 2013