Marita Joy Ronning, age 68, of Minnesota and Arizona, died unexpectedly at the Cambridge Medical Center on May 23, 2019. A Celebration of Life service will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 8th at Springvale Campground in Stanchfield; 36955 Palm St NW Stanchfield, MN 55080.
Marita Joy Ronning was born to Arnold and Viola Sjoquist on March 20, 1951 in Cloquet, MN. Her family later moved to Duluth, MN where she attended St. Peters School and graduated from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1969. She went to work for Superior National Forest until moving to Minneapolis, where she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service until she retired in 2009.
Rita and her husband winter in Apache Junction, AZ, where she enjoys quilting and volunteering weekly with the parks bingo program. She enjoyed traveling. Summers were spent at Springvale Campground in Stanchfield, MN, where she loved to play horseshoes and spoil the grandchildren. She also volunteered for Cheerful Givers (children’s charity).
Rita was a member of the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She did volunteering at the Indian Center on Franklin Avenue.
She passed away suddenly on May 23, 2019 at the age of 68. She is survived by her husband, Richard; children, Rich and wife, Stephanie Ronning and Jason Ronning; her grandchildren, Chelsie and Jocelyn; and many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.
Rita will be sadly missed by everyone.