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Maxine Cleone (Johnson) Ruotsi, age 89, went to be with the Lord on August 31, 2019. Maxine was born in Maddock, ND on April 29, 1930, the 8th of 9 children to Russell and Tillie Johnson, and grew up in Fargo, ND. Maxine graduated from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, MN, and was married to Armas Erick Ruotsi of Gilbert, MN on October 26, 1957. They were blessed with 4 children in Gilbert, MN. Maxine and her children moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1981 after Armas’ death in 1979. Maxine grew up in the Assemblies of God church in Fargo, ND, and then attended the Virginia Bible Chapel, Virginia, MN, Sunnyside/Believers Bible Chapel, New Brighton, MN / Coon Rapids, MN, and Woodcrest Baptist Church, Fridley, MN. Since 2011, Maxine had been living in Michigan, first at home with her daughter Lynnette, and then in an assisted living home in Hartland, MI.
Preceded in death by her husband, Armas. Survived by her children Wendell, Lynnette, Greg (Kristina), and Gary (Lisa); grandchildren, Melinda, David (Gabby), Heidi (Alex), James, Benjamin, Anna, Marie, and Jonathan; great-grandchildren, Mikayla, and Mikenzie; and siblings Ardie and Arlene;
God called and kept Maxine a faithful follower of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and she looked forward to the day of meeting the Lord and being reunited with her husband who was a beloved preacher/elder in their local church. She supported many church related activities like hospitality in home Bible Studies, home Child Evangelism Fellowship classes, housing and caring for children and families in need in the local church, and supporting and loving her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved hobbies of sewing and crafts, sang alto, and played cello and piano occasionally. She will be sadly missed by all while we also rejoice that she is together with the Lord to enjoy and delight in Him forever!
Funeral services will be held at Woodcrest Baptist Church, 6875 University Avenue, Fridley, MN 55432, on Tuesday September 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM, with visitation/slideshow at 9:00 AM, followed by light lunch in the church, and burial at Ft. Snelling at 1:35 PM