Maxine Ahlstrom, of Eagan, formerly of Braham, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at Region’s Hospital in St. Paul. She was 87 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE 11:00 A.M. on Friday, Decenber 18, with a time of visitation 1 hour prior. Mounds Park United Methodist Church, 1049 Euclid Street St. Paul, MN
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers
Maxine Kathryn (nee King) Ahlstrom peacefully went home to be with “her own doctor” and her Heavenly Father on Sunday December 13, 2009, after a brief stay at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Maxine was born in St. Paul, MN on October 10, 1922 to John King and Caroline Hacklander. She lived most of her early life in West St. Paul and on the east side of St. Paul, MN. She graduated from Humboldt High School and worked at The Emporium and The Great Northern Railroad. She enjoyed travelling with friends to such places as New York City and Glacier National Park.
On June 10, 1949, she married Robert C. Ahlstrom. They lived in St. Peter, MN while Bob attended Gustavus Adolphus College. They then lived with Maxine’s mother in St. Paul while Bob attended Medical School. In 1955, they moved to Braham, MN when he joined a medical practice there. They made their family home in Braham until 2004 when Doc passed away.
Maxine was a lifelong member of Mounds Park United Methodist Church and also regularly participated in the Martha Circle and other activities of the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church. While in Braham, Maxine also enjoyed 40 years of bowling with the Braham Ford team. She often helped with her children’s school and 4-H activities, as well as charitable causes including the Red Cross Bloodmobile and the Braham Hospital Auxiliary.
Maxine and her (extended) family enjoyed many gatherings at the Ahlstrom cabin at Lewis Lake and made several more trips to Glacier National Park. At home, Maxine enjoyed whistling, playing the piano, making pickles, and riding her bike to and from the garden or mailbox. Until the last year of her life, Maxine continued her lifelong hobby of weaving rag rugs on her mother’s loom. Her rugs have been cherished gifts for many relatives and friends — and it was a hobby that fit well with Maxine’s “re-use / never throw anything away” philosophy.
Maxine’s priorities were always her faith and her family. She will be fondly remembered and lovingly missed by many.
Maxine is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and four brothers Warren, Gordon, Chester, and Paul King.
Maxine is survived by her sister Ruth Frank of Rochester; her children Carolyn Nuahn (Maxine’s housemate in Eagan for the past 2-1/2 years), Kathryn (John) Hanson of Blaine, Robert J. Ahlstrom of Braham, Janet (David) Risinger of Roseville; three grandchildren Justin (Sara) Nuahn of Minneapolis, Daniel Risinger and Julie Risinger of Roseville; one great grandson, Braylen Robert Nuahn of Minneapolis; and numerous nieces and nephews who will also miss Aunt Maxine’s Ginger Creams.