Mae Oline Ramert

Mae Oline Ramert

December 7, 1929 – January 21, 2014

RamertMae Oline Ramert, 84, left family and friends on January 21, 2014, to be reunited with her husband of more than 62 years who died in 2011.  While we are sad at her passing, we rejoince that they are reunited again.

Mae was born on December 7, 1929 in the small town of Hadley, Minnesota.  After graduating high school, she went on to study nursing, but left school to marry Cleo Ramert on December 28, 1948.  They began their life together farming in Dovray, Minnesota, but moved to Alaska with their first two children in 1952.  She and her husband homesteaded in the Eagle River Valley and helped to develop Hiland Road.  Four more children were born in the following years.

Mae was an excellent seamstress and homemaker while raising her six children.  She continued sewing well into her later years.  She loved berry picking, gardening, and would can the fruits of her labors.  She provided child care for many of the working mothers through the years and became known as “Mommy Mae” to many children growing up.

After most of her children had left home to pursue their own dreams, Mae went back to college to finish her dream of becoming a nurse.  She graduated from the University of Alaska with a nursing degree in 1973.  After her husband retired, they began seeking a warmer climate in which to live and spent time in Kona, Hawaii, and Mesa, Arizona.  They finally settled in the area of Seattle, Washington to be near family.

Mae was a long time member of Abbott Loop Community Church in Anchorage, Alaska.  More recently she was a member of Evergreen Church in Burien, Washington and Mill Creek Foursquare Church in Lynnwood, Washington.  The verse Mark 12:30 reads, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sould and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  Mae lived this verse daily.

Mae is survived by her six children, Richard Ramert (Kelly), Deone Bonin (Jeff), Brenda King (Mike), Cynthia Beck (Doug), Dean Ramert (Hollyanne) and Paul Ramert (Heather).  She is also survived by her sister Lavon Staveland Ells and brother Ernest “Fritz” Roetman.  She leaves behind 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  She was was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Olava Roetman, her husband Cleo Ramert, and brothers Emmett, Belmar “Bud”, Orville “Rusty”, and Dale Roetman.

Mae will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, Washington, on February 3, 2014 at 10:45 am, with a memorial service following at 3:00 pm at The Evergreen Church, 17700 1st Ave S. Burien, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, PO Box 5296, Tacoma, WA. 98415.

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