John Knieriem

  • Born: July 25, 1936
  • Died: May 2, 2017
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Cremation Society of New Hampshire

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (800) 493-8001

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Knieriem, RN, 80, died May 2, 2017, at the Elliot Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 25, 1936, in Nyack, NY, the son of Matthew and Ethel (Kelly) Knieriem.

After high school, John enlisted in the US Army and went on to earn his BS degree in Electronic Engineering. He worked in the aerospace industry in California for some years, returning to the East coast to work for Grumman Aircraft on the lunar module that carried astronauts to the moon's surface. He worked for other companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, eventually settling his family in Manchester in 1973, where he was employed as Production Manager at Autosyringe, which manufactured the world's first portable, wearable infusion and insulin pumps.

His wish to become more involved in the medical field led John to enroll in nursing school at the age of 61. After graduating with his RN degree, he joined the Elliot Hospital Emergency Department. In 2005, he travelled to New Orleans with the Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

John was a longtime member of the National Ski Patrol, serving over the years at Loon Mountain, Ragged Mountain, and Pat's Peak, where he patrolled until his recent illness. In 1988, he joined the Mt. Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol at Tuckerman Ravine and became its Director in 1994, serving in that role until his passing. He was also a member of the NH Search and Rescue Council. John was a past president and board member of the Manchester Central High Booster Club, as well as president of the board of the former Manchester Area Family Planning.

John loved to ride his bicycle, for many years doing long distance rides to raise money for charities. His favorite was the MDA Trans NH ride, a three-day, 250-mile trek from the Canadian border to Portsmouth. He also enjoyed kayaking with his wife Carol and riding the seacoast with his good friends Paul and Lisa Kling. John completed the Cycle to the Clouds bicycle race up Mt. Washington, twice. In 1996, he walked the 100th Boston Marathon, proudly finishing last among the NH participants, with a time of 6:49:15. John was a five-time cancer survivor who never let the disease stand in the way of reaching his goals.
He was a beloved grandfather and enthusiastic supporter of his grandchildren's activities and could always be found on the sidelines at their sporting events, and in the audience at every concert, dance recital and school play.

He was predeceased by his brothers Matthew, James, and Michael.

John's family includes his wife of 59 years, Carol (Freese); daughter Sandra Dunfey, RN, of Columbus, GA; sons David Knieriem and his wife Donna of Austin, TX, and Jeffrey Knieriem and his wife Claudette of Hooksett, NH; sisters Anne Knieriem of Tappan, NY, and Mary Johnston of Sun City, Arizona; brother Patrick Knieriem of Pearl River, N;, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Knieriem family would like to thank the nursing staff of Elliot Hospital's Fuller Unit for their thoughtful care during John's final days.
Services: There are no calling hours. A celebration of John's life will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Manchester Country Club, 140 South River Rd., Bedford, NH.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John's memory to the Queen City Bike Collective, which helps Manchester area residents ride safe, affordable bikes and have the opportunity to fix them, at, or to the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine at (Go to the Donate tab)
Friends and family are invited to share their photos and memories of John at John D Knieriem. The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is assisting the family with arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal

An example to us all...A caring, helping person...His example inspires me to do more...

Michael C.

Posted by A friend   June 03, 2017

I met Mr. Knieriem when I was a nursing student at The Elliot hospital. Even though I only spoke to him briefly, I could tell he was a genuinely kind and caring person. He made a positive impressive on me during that brief moment. He inquired about how nursing school was going, and wished me the very best. I send my sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by Ken Williams - Manchester, NH   June 03, 2017

Posted by Tony Attardo    May 31, 2017

Claudette, Jeff and family, What an inspiring person! Thinking of you at this time.
David and Nancy Kelso

Posted by Nancy Kelso - Candia, NH - Friend   May 19, 2017

Mr. Knier was the best. A great guy and true outdoors man. Mr. Knier was one of my coaches for the North Warriors. He was tough, but very fair and knowledgeable. We were all better people having experienced Mr. Knier. He was an original.

Posted by Chick Tautkus - Laconia, NH   May 12, 2017

A real gentleman and friend. Always had a good thing to say about people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carol, Sandra, David and Jeff.

Posted by David Currier - Henniker, NH   May 11, 2017

I have such positive memories of John during my time in the Elliot Emergency Department. He had such a love of people of providing care to patients. It was an honor to know him. He will be missed by many!

Posted by Susan Gilland - Unionville, CT - Coworker   May 09, 2017

John Knieriem made a positive impact on all who knew him. Sorry to hear of his passing and condolences to the extended Knieriem family at this time.

Posted by Steve Truncellito - Cape Elizabeth, ME   May 08, 2017

John was a truly remarkable mentor to a generation of Manchester boys who loved skiing and sports. He took me on my first trip out west and encouraged me to join the Pats Peak ski team. He was a positive influence in our neighborhood for decades. He will be missed, but he leaves behind so many lives made better for knowing him.

Posted by David Lavallee - Chestnut Hill, MA   May 08, 2017

John was my mentor, fellow ski patroller, fellow engineer, and a big part of my passion to further my medical training in order to alleviate unnecessary suffering. My heart is sad to hear of his passing and I am praying for comfort and peace for his family today.

Posted by Laura Hoar (Rennie) - Riverton, UT - friend   May 08, 2017

My husband says we're married because of John. He met John skiing at Tucks, and John convinced Eric to do an OEC course (first aid course for ski patrol). Two years later I met Eric, when I joined Loon's ski patrol. We both enjoyed the company of John for years. He will be missed.

Posted by Sandra Maruszak - Meredith, NH - Friend   May 07, 2017

Sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know him very well, it looks like he didn't let life pass him by. Hope you find comfort in knowing that he led a full life. Our sympathies,

Posted by Jay & Louise Lachance - Manchester, NH - Friend   May 07, 2017

Dear Carol and Family, This is a sad time for all, but know that in time comes healing.You are remembered in my prayers. Sincerely, Alice Meins

Posted by A friend   May 07, 2017

I rode many years with John on Trans NH Bike Ride. He was a wonderful companion and story teller and biking buddy. I remember one year after the first day's ride he met up with his wife to paddle the Connecticut River on the second day for their anniversary. Great guy who will remain in my memories.

Posted by Tom Herbert - Hopkinton, NH - Friend   May 07, 2017

I skied on the Pats Peak Ski Patrol for many years with John. He was great instructor and always had a answer about first aid questions asked of him. He will be sorely missed from all his family and friends! RIP brother!

Posted by Gerry Lavigne - Campton, NH   May 07, 2017

I worked with John at Stairobic and have fond memories of John, a gentle soul. I will always cherish and remember our conversation. My deepest sympathy to Carol, Jeff, family and friends. God Bless !

Posted by Claudette Sullivan - Manchester, NH - Coworker   May 07, 2017

John will always be remembered by his friends at the Trans NH bike ride. He will be missed by all who he made contact with. John was one in a million. We are all privileged for having known him. Prayers for John's family.
Bob Richard
Bradford NH

Posted by Bob Richard - Bradford, NH - Acquaintance   May 07, 2017

Dearest John, may you be a shining star for all that had the pleasure of knowing you! May you continue your work on the other side! God Bless!

Posted by Laurie Beaumont - Hooksett, NH - Coworker   May 06, 2017

I skied with John for many years at Pats Peak went on several ski trips out west with his family as did many people from pats.he was a great soft spoken man an will be deeply missed by everyone who meet him.

Posted by Don Anderson - Raymond, NH - Friend   May 06, 2017


Posted by Caroline Brenner - friend   May 05, 2017

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