Apex Funeral Home


Rosalind Ramsey Laitinen

January 16, 1947November 15, 2020
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Rosalind Ramsey Laitinen, 73, of Apex, passed away, Sunday, November 15, 2020 at her daughter's home in Holly Springs, NC.

Rosalind was born January 16, 1947 in Shelby, NC to the late Thomas Astor "Jack" Ramsey and Mildred Littlejohn Ramsey. She was a 1965 graduate of Shelby High School and later Kings College in Charlotte, NC.

Rosalind is survived by her daughter, Dawn Lewis; son, Kipp Lewis; and husband, Kari Laitinen; brother, Jimmy Ramsey and wife, Tap; and sister, Suzanne Ramsey Turner and husband, Dr. Phil Turner.

In addition to being a wife and mother Rosalind had a 30 year career in banking. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed hosting get togethers and parties in her home. She had many friends and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Apex Funeral Home Chapel, 550 W. Williams St., Apex, NC 27502. A graveside service will immediately follow at Apex Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital; SPCA of choice; or Transitions Lifecare Hospice.

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Maxwell Family

November 28, 2020

A Bright Star
Is gone
Yet a new one
Is born
Cherished forever in hearts

Deepest Condolences,

The Maxwell Family

Cathy Maxfield

November 27, 2020

Rosalind was a neighbor. I met her after moving to the Perry Farms neighborhood 4 years ago. I don’t remember exactly how we met but I found her to be a truly genuine person. I will miss her. My condolences to Kari and the rest of her family

Mia Lentzen

November 27, 2020

Me and my husband Douglas met Rosalind 18 years ago when we moved from Finland to Apex, NC. Meeting Rosalind for the first time I instantly knew that she was a special lady. We had wonderful trips to the beach and mountains of N.C. Rosalind and Kari always welcomed me and my family to their home with loving arms. My kids loved going over to visit Rosalind and Kari especially during Christmas, Rosalind always made sure the kids had a present under the Christmas tree. Rosalind will truly be missed and she will be remembered as a beautiful, kind spirited, loving lady. Our condolences go to Kari, Dawn, and Kipp.

Lynda Everett

November 27, 2020

Rosalind was such a sweet friend and enjoyed our times spent sharing together which we called our therapy sessions. We had such a good time in high school band how I loved to hear her laugh . I miss her and was so happy when she joined my Beth Moore bible study with Dawn. It was so good to see them attending my church and know this born again Christian lady is rejoicing with the angels.
Kari, Dawn , Kipp I will always be here for you and pray for your peace.

Arto Laitinen

November 26, 2020

First ,I want to send my condolences to Kari and the Rosalind family.
Many years ago when Kari and Rosalind came visit to Finland. Its winter and I met Rosalind first time . We had to go to the doctor because skis too slippery and Rosalinds smallfinger broke. This time it was not so funny but after that she laughed at what had happened. I remember her warm kindness <3 and humor and laugh. I have made her a birthday cake. She remember telling me about it many times. Respecting the memory of Rosalind. - Arto

Sari Laitinen

November 26, 2020

First I want to send my condolences to Kari and the Rosalind family. I knew Rosalind through my husband Arto. We live in Finland. We made video calls and i will remember how we laughed together. Rosalind always said take care of each other. Words, joy, kind-hearted <3 and funny describe Rosalind. We met in the summer of 2019, when we celebrated Kari's birthdays in Finland. Respecting Rosalind's memory, Sari

Leena Taimela

November 26, 2020

I met Rosalind for the first time almost 22 years ago when we moved to Raleigh from Finland. It was instant friendship. We shared a lot. We had a lot in common. We shared a strong faith in God. Rosalind was always there if I needed to talk. She was a mother figure to me in many ways. She was a “surrogate grandma” to my girls, their grandmother being an ocean apart. We did several trips to the NC mountains and to the beach during the years we knew each other. I have fantastic memories of those trips and the countless get togethers and parties. Kari and Rosalind were an item. Always together, always loving each other, always helping others.
I will miss you Rosalind. But my heart rejoices knowing that you’re with your Maker. We will be together in eternity!

Solja Nygard Frangos

November 25, 2020

My deepest condolences to Kari and other loved ones of Rosalind. My family will always remember her sunny disposition and love of life. She never saved her smiles and encouraging words. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Art Duke

November 25, 2020

I have very fond memories of "Mama Ros" growing up with her daughter, Dawn. Dawn and I met in middle school where the fun and laughter began and has not stopped since. One special memory is from a high school trip to Myrtle Beach when "Mama Ros" took all of us out to eat to an old favorite restaurant, Mary Jules. For some reason, these ducks had gotten into a swimming pool outside the window where we were eating, and the jokes started forming. I don't even remember what was actually said, but we laughed until we cried... we could always take the simplest, corny event and make it the funniest thing we had ever heard. "Mama Ros" was always a lot of fun, and we teenagers enjoyed being around her as much as we did each other. She will truly be missed. Sending my love and thoughts to Dawn, Kipp and Kari.

Dawn Lewis

November 24, 2020

My mama was my rock, my best friend, my constant voice of reason..the only person in the world that truly worried about me, my shopping buddy, my corrector when I was wrong and always there for me from the day I was born till she took her last breath with me. Rosalind Leigh Ramsey Laitinen was my life. She taught me to cook incredibly wonderful meals and believed in me when I lost my way. And when we would get laughing at something, we would laugh until we cried and couldn't breath good. We have so much fun together doing the simplest things like grocery shopping or just going out to lunch. During her shocking and heartbreaking sickness and last few months she taught me and showed me what true faith and love and bravery looked like!!! If I am a fourth of the person she is in the rest of my life on earth...I'll be incredible..the sorror and loss is almost unbearable but I trust she will guide me even from heaven..Me Kipp and Kari and her baby Monroe will never truly be okay without her..but we will carryout what she wanted and take care of one another like she did us, but not as wonderfully as she did. Forever all my love to you mom, she you down the road, your daughter Dawn