Obituaries » Joyce M. Rutzen (Olson)
August 28, 1928 - April 2, 2020
Joyce M. Rutzen (Olson)
Age 91, Joyce took her first steps in Heaven on April 2, 2020. Born in Milaca, MN to Paul
and Lillian Olson on August 28, 1928. Preceded in death by husband, Louis; siblings
Kenneth, Jean, Willis, Donna Mae, Phyllis; grandson David. Survived by brother Donald
(Carol); children Doug (Anita), Janet (Greg) Albjerg, Dan, Dean (Nancy), Jim (Martha);
grandchildren Miriam, Andrew, Eric (Paige), Kjersten (Noble), Jeana (Joe), Brock
(Danielle), Noah (Breanna), Sarah, Matthew, Eliza, Colin; great-grandchildren Graham,
After graduating from Milaca HS in 1946, Joyce earned a one-year Bible degree from Northwestern Bible
School in Minneapolis. Married in 1952, Joyce and Lou lived, worked and raised their family in
Minneapolis. Joyce worked as a data entry operator for Hennepin County for many years, retiring in
1988. Joyce and Lou were active for many years at Grace Baptist Church in South Minneapolis, later at
Babbitt Baptist Church in Babbitt, MN, and Joyce at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville, MN. As retirees,
they enjoyed life at their lake home near Ely, MN, warmly welcoming family and friends throughout
many years. Joyce enjoyed music throughout her life, sharing with others her beautiful soprano voice
and piano playing skills. Joyce’s love for the Lord was evident to all who knew her. She showed God’s
love to all with caring, kindness and wit. She will be dearly missed this side of Heaven.
The family expresses their deepest thanks to the caregivers at Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley and
Ecumen Hospice for their devoted care to ease the hardships of these last few years.
Memorials preferred to Compassion International, Samaritan’s Purse, and Alzheimer’s Association.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Private burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.