Margaret Rutten, age 82 of Osakis passed away on Friday, July 28 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Margaret was born on February 15, 1924 in Stearns County to John & Mary (Dusek) Merten. She attended school in Osakis and then worked at the Herberger Store. On April 11, 1944 Margaret was married to Bernard Rutten at the Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis. They first farmed near Osakis and then on a farm near West Union, before moving to a farm near Belle River, MN. It was here that they farmed and raised their family, finally retiring in 1981. They then enjoyed traveling and wintered in Florida for many years.
Margaret was a member of the Immaculate Conception parish and had also belonged to the St. Nicholas parish in Belle River during their years on the farm. She was a member of the church choir, the Christian Mothers and the St.Barbara Mission Circle.
Besides being a wonderful cook and baker, Margaret always raised a large flower and vegetable garden each year. Margaret loved music, especially singing, playing piano and going dancing. During the winter months she kept busy bowling, playing cards and crafting. She also liked to go fishing and snowmobiling. Her biggest joy however was being with her family and watching her grandchildren grow. She was a kind and loving mother and grandma who will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Margaret is survived by her children, Ronald (Carol) Rutten of Alexandria, Jerry (Sheila) Rutten of Sauk Centre, Roger Rutten of Alexandria and Jolene Bergman of Fort Myers, FL; 5 grandchildren, Brian Rutten, Michelle Snitker, Carrie Meyer, Scott & Brent Rutten; 8 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bernie in 2000; 2 brothers, John and Anthony Merten.
A Mass of Resurrection was held for Margaret on Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis with Fr. Al Ludwig officiating. Musicians were the From the Heart Singers. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Osakis. Pallbearers were Scott, and Samantha Rutten, Brent & Brian Rutten, Mike Merten, Scot Snitker, Josh Meyer and John Majerus.
Arrangements were handled by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home, Osakis, MN.