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June Naticchioni

June Louise Naticchioni (Karkos)

May 16, 1924 - October 28, 2019
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June Naticchioni was born May 16, 1924, as June Louise Karkos to John J. Karkos and Ruth (Stanmore) Karkos of Lisbon Falls, ME. She died in Lowell, MA, October 28, 2019.

Her three brothers, now deceased, were Harold Karkos and James Karkos, both of Lisbon Falls,ME, and Frank Karkos of Lisbon, ME . Her nieces were Jeanie Warren (deceased) of Lisbon Falls, and Sandra Judd of Lisbon. June was graduated from Lisbon Falls High School in 1942. One of her first jobs was working for Frank Anicetti at Kennebec’s on Main Street, now site of an annual Moxie Festival (which June and Ben have attended, by the way).

At 20 years of age, she moved to Framingham, Mass., to live with her aunt Katherine. She met her future husband there, Bennie C. Naticchioni, who had just completed service in the Air force. They married May 16, 1946. Bennie worked as the Chief Power Engineer for Dennison Manufacturing during the 1970s. June worked at Nyanza Chemical in Ashland and at Sears Roebuck at Shoppers’ World during the 1950s. Their oldest son, Eric, graduated from Framingham South High School in 1964 and served as an Elder in the Framingham and Lowell Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her youngest son Steven was graduated from Natick High School in 1973, and serves as a full-time minister in the Oxford, MA, Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They have three grandsons, Joel in Westford, MA, Daniel in Carver, MA, and Andrew in Fall River, MA, and a granddaughter, Diana in Phillipston, MA, in addition to 4 great-grandchildren.

June suffered much adversity in her life. Her mother died when she was 2, her caretaking grandmother died when June was 9. She endured the Great Depression as a child and WWII as a teenager. Her son Michael was a two-year-old when he died in 1950. But she never lost her optimism, her sense of humor, or her faith. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1958, and that act defined the rest of her life. Over the years, as the family moved through Ashland, Framingham, and Natick, she regularly knocked on doors, the Witnesses’ signature activity, to help people better apply the Bible in their lives. She moved into her son Eric’s Chelmsford home in 1996 when her husband died. From then until her late 80s, June used Saturday mornings to go from door to door. She enjoyed and embraced Lowell’s diversity of people, and when her health prevented her from visiting people in their homes, she used her phone, often calling complete strangers, to share her faith. Members of the congregation would deliver Bibles and publications to those who responded to her enthusiasm and joy. She once remarked that she wanted to be remembered “as a lowly Witness of Jehovah.” That mix of humility and devotion to her God is an ideal description of what was important to her. Her family invites any who wants to honor her memory to spend a few minutes visiting www.jw.org to find answers to life’s big questions.

Burial arrangements are private, but a public memorial service is scheduled for 4:30 pm, Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 559 Pine Street, Lowell, MA 01851.

Arrangements for an open house will be announced at the conclusion of the service.

Family Contact Information: please e-mail eric.biz@verizon.net
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  • Memorial Service

    November 2, 2019 | 4:30pm
    When
    November 2, 2019 4:30pm
    Location
    Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness
    Address
    559 Pine Street
    Lowell, Massachusetts 01851
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