Matt Ruohoniemi

June 23, 1925April 6, 2021

Matt Ruohoniemi, 95, of Arden Hills, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Matt was a Naval Aviator and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1949. He had a successful 30 year career at 3M. Matt and Helen (the love of his life) enjoyed traveling. They lived in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, and returned home to Minnesota to be close to family. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother; two sisters; and great-grandson.

Matt will be missed by his wife, Helen, of 70 years; children, Karen (Gary), Mark (Sandra) Linda (Scott), and Paavo; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, and other family and friends.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Memorials preferred to St. Andrews Lutheran Church or Presbyterian Homes. Please send cards to: Sunset Funeral Home, c/o Matt Ruohoniemi, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.


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Beth Vanderlinden

April 16, 2021

I remember the best family vacation to the New York Worlds Fair and Cape Cod. Uncle Matt had everything planned seamlessly. It was so much fun. He let the girls listen to good music on the radio in the car too!

Summers at the cabin on Swan Lake were always fun. Uncle Matt knew how to fix up the old place to make it livable and fun.

I will always remember when he would fly to visit us. We never knew for sure when he could leave because of the weather. That was just amazing to me as a kid.

We will miss you.

Lynn Williamson

April 15, 2021

I loved visiting Uncle Matt and asking him to tell me stories! He enjoyed sharing stories about daring adventures with my dad in their youth, and so many other stories of his long and eventful life. I am thankful for him!

Steve Hendrickson

April 15, 2021

We’d like to express our sympathy to Helen and the extended family. We always enjoyed our visits with Matt, who had such an active and interesting life. He will be missed.

Steve and Anne Hendrickson

Lucy Perman

April 11, 2021

Mark and family,
I was saddened to read your father's obit today in the Star Tribune. What a long and full life he had! My condolences to all of you. He will be surely missed.
Lucy Perman

Kaisa Ercillo

April 11, 2021

Great-Uncle Matt taught me to really love my name. He taught me how the Finnish pronounce “Kaisa” and other things about our Finnish heritage. I enjoyed listening to his stories.