CALAIS, MAINE--June Totman Askjem passed away on March 22nd, 2014 in her beloved state of Maine with her sons Chris and Eric at her side. She was 93 years old and remained creative and connected to her loving family until the end. June was born June Elizabeth Totman in Fairfield, ME on June 12th, 1920. She was the only child of Colonel Otto Totman and Loretta Totman. During the war she lived with her Aunt Margaret Totman while her parents served at the Pentagon. June was a graduate of Colby College in Waterville ME. In 1946, she joined the Merchant Marines as the only female radio officer in the fleet. She sailed the world and met Arne Askjem while in port in Argentina. Arne was asked to board her ship to repair her radio and that was the beginning of their 66 years together. They married in New York City in 1948 at the Norwegian Seaman's Chapel. After moving from Maine to Grand Forks, ND in the 1950's, June studied at UND and received her teaching certificate. To her family, she was the original Super Mom, networking and building community while raising five children. She began her teaching career in Fisher, MN as a physical education director for K-12 students. Eventually, she found her dream job at Central High School in Grand Forks teaching health, swimming and biology. Students remember June for her dedication and kindness. She could be found early in the morning and after school tutoring students in need. She was a great advocate of girl's athletics and testified at the capitol in support of Title IX funding. She founded the first girls traveling golf and tennis teams, coached girl's basketball, led the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) and was advisor to the cheerleaders and pompom girls. In the summers she worked as a lifeguard, taught CPR as a Red Cross certified first aid instructor and taught swim lessons at Elks Pool. June was active in the PTA at the local and state level and served as the editor of the ND Parent-Teacher Magazine. After retirement, she and her husband, Arne, traveled the world from their home in Paradise Valley, AZ. She continued to cultivate her hobbies of dancing, home decorating, painting and crafts. June was called back to the sea where she lived with her son, Chris Askjem, her faithful caregiver until the end. June is survived by her husband, Arne Askjem of Grand Forks; her children, Tula Pelerine of Edina, MN; Chris Askjem of Eastport, ME; Susan Askjem of Grand Forks; Lori Johnson-Askjem & Dr. Joel Johnson of Grand Forks; and Eric & Tammy Askjem of Buxton, ND; her grandchildren, Nichole Pelerine & Chris Pelerine, both of Minnetonka, MN; Angie Obie of Sandpoint, ID; Christy Obie of Fort Collins, CO; Luke Obie of Grand Forks, ND; Linnea Johnson & Erik Johnson of Grand Forks, ND; Thomas Askjem & Erica Askjem of Buxton, ND. June also leaves behind six great-grandchildren. Services will be held in May of 2014 in Fairfield, ME. June's family would love to hear memories from her friends and students and welcome any correspondence. Send to: Lori Johnson-Askjem, 302 Woodland Circle, Grand Forks, ND 58201.