D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


James Sigfried Ekstrom

November 21, 1941June 5, 2019

James “Jim” S. Ekstrom, 77, of Newington and formerly Wethersfield, beloved husband for 50 years of the late Patricia (Sheltz) Ekstrom, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Born in Hartford on November 21, 1941, he was the son of the late Sigfried Ekstrom and Mabel (Normandie) Petrus.

Jim was affectionately called “Jimmy A1” as the owner of the Maple Avenue A1 Gas Station and he also worked for the Newington School System for many years. He was a former member of the Rocky Hill Elks Club for over 40 years and a longtime member of the Colonel John Chester Fife & Drum Corps. Jim was happiest when he was on the water, whether boating or enjoying the beach with his wife and family. He loved spending time at his cottage at Giants Neck Heights in East Lyme, entertaining family and friends. A loving father and grandfather, he will be forever missed by his son, Eric Ekstrom of North Carolina and formerly of Vernon; his daughter, Lisa Mouthaan and husband Stephen of Newington and four adored grandchildren, Anthony Carrabbia of Vernon, Kari Ekstrom of Ellington and James Mouthaan and Catherine “Aron” Mouthaan, both of Newington. He is also survived by his brother, Bernard Ekstrom and wife Elaine of Waterford; his sister, Norma Greenwood of Suffield and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Ekstrom and his daughter-in-law, Terry Ekstrom. Special thanks to the staff at Middlewoods in Newington and Hartford Hospital 7th Floor Bliss for their care and compassion.

Calling hours will be Saturday (June 8) from 9-11 a.m. concluding with a service at 11 a.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 35 Cold Spring Rd., Suite 412, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To share a memory of Jim with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Arthritis Foundation


  • Calling hours Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, June 8, 2019


James Sigfried Ekstrom

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Steven Shapiro

June 8, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the Mouthaan family and friends and relatives. So sorry to hear about the passing of your father.
Lynne, Steven, and Mark Shapiro

Mark Slowik

June 6, 2019

We send our sincerest condolences to Jimmy’s family during this time. I will always remember the fun family get togethers and the many laughs I shared shared with Jimmy over the years! He was a good man and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Mark & Sue