MAXINE KATHRYN AHLSTROM

M. Ahlstrom webMaxine 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.

9 guestbook entries for MAXINE KATHRYN AHLSTROM

  1. George and Margaret Ahlstrom December 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Prayers are with the family. We have such wonderful memories of good times we have shared.

  2. Loren Brabec December 17, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    My prayers are for the comfort of the entire Ahlstrom family at this time, knowing His promise of eternal life.

  3. Dee-Dee King Harless December 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    To all the Ahlstrom’s and MN relatives.
    I have and will cherish my rag rug, but don’t think I ever had a ginger cream. Prayers to comfort you at this difficult. So many great memories. Love,
    Dee-Dee

  4. Charlie King December 17, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    Know that you are all in our thoughts & prayers at this time.
    Was glad I was able to see Maxine w/all the other Aunts@ Pauls service
    A WHOLE LOT of Brahm MN memories(summer of 69)b`day out, there,lunar landing BUTTER BRICKLE CAKE ,Cabin & Snipe hunts
    Sorry ,I don`t remeber teh ginger creams either

  5. Cathy(Juntti)Skalicky December 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Hi Carolyn, Kathy and Family……former Braham High grads!
    Losing your mom is a tough one! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Carolyn, who would know we would be co-workers! Small world! And Kathy, our recent HS reunion! I think my sisters were in Robert and Janet’s classes!
    I loved what you said about your mom being “with her own doctor”, that is so sweet. I’m not sure, but I believe “Dr.Ahlstrom” delivered my baby sister in Braham Hospital!!!!!
    Love, Comfort and Peace be with you……..
    Cathy

  6. Kathy (Philippy) Peterson December 17, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Prayers and love to all of you, my cousins. I will always cherish the memories at the Lake and at the Cabin. My rug will always be a rememberance of her, and thank you to Janet for finishing it last summer.

  7. Scott Ahlstrom & Family December 18, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    To the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. So many great memories over the years including visits while Dad and Uncle Bob went on their annual hunting trips, playing out at the farm, so many visits to the cabin and then the trip to Glacier…and lets not forget all the games of yahtzee and the crossword puzzles!

  8. Jim and Linda Bolle December 18, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    Dear cousins – We too have our rag rug. Ours is brown and yellow! Your mom – always so calm and patient and sweet. She will be missed. Our prayers and love are with you!

  9. Sue and Don Malafa December 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Dear Ones,
    Carolyn whoever drempt when we were roomates so many many years ago that we would loose our mom’s the same year. They are at peace together now. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Would love to hear from you we are in the book. Susie

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