Maijaliisa Rudy, 80, of Cloquet, Minn., and Minong, Wis., died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minn., with her family by her side. She was born in Parikkala, Finland, to Uuno and Elvi Peusa. She was raised in Parikkala and Jarvenpaa and was a 1950 graduate of Jarvenpaa High School. Maijaliisa then attended the School of Domestic Science and Home Economics. While attending the school, she received a one-year gardening degree, did an internship at the University of Norway, and then received a two-year home economics degree.
Following graduation, Maijaliisa was employed by the Finnish 4-H as a horticulture and youth educator. She came to the U.S. in 1964 and worked with the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) program in Mississippi and Nebraska. In 1967, Maijaliisa began working with the Carlton County Extension Service through the University of Minnesota.
Maijaliisa met Floyd Rudy in 1967 and they were married on July 3, 1968, in Faith Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. Following their marriage, she continued working until Maijaliisa and Floyd adopted their 10-week-old daughter, Kaija, in October 1976.
Through the years Maijaliisa, along with Dave Radford, was co-host on a talk radio show on WKLK and was involved in 4-H as a supervisor and leader. Maijaliisa started the Cloquet Homemakers Club. She was involved at Zion Lutheran Church where she was a member of the church choir and outreach program, Suzuki violin, the Duluth Superior Youth Orchestra and board, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the board, Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center, Friends of Lucius Woods, and the Finnish American Historical Society. She enjoyed cross country skiing, music, gardening, playing tennis, and was an active volunteer throughout her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Maijaliisa is survived by her husband, Floyd Rudy of Minong; daughter, Kaija Rudy of Hopkins, Minn.; grandchildren, Liisa Rudy, Rodney Williams, and twin grandsons, Christopher and Kyle Kirkendoll; sister, Mirja (Dr. Thomas) Przybylski of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; brother, Juhani (Sirkki) Peusa of Finland; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service in Zion Lutheran Church, 1000 Washington Ave., Cloquet.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or Solvay Hospice House.
Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.
January 2, 2014 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.