NEGAUNEE, Mich. - Ruth Lydia Jouppi, 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2013, at her home in Negaunee, with family by her side. She had just returned from a trip to Washington state for the holidays and was about to continue her active life in the place she loved. She was struggling with health issues but that never stopped her from traveling alone to visit family in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington, or from visiting friends, church, Eastern Star gatherings, or her beloved fast food restaurants. She wanted to pass away in her family home, surrounded by memories, and she got her wish.
Ruth was born March 2, 1920 in Gwinn, Michigan to Carl Leander and Esther (Sundberg) Johnson. Her fathers work obligations for Cleveland Cliffs moved the family to Negaunee in 1932 where they resided on Baldwin Avenue, then Croix St.
Ruth graduated from Negaunee High School, and from Northern Michigan University School of Nursing earning an RN degree. She married Clarence Jouppi and moved to Wisconsin, where her only child Scott was born. Later divorced, she returned to Negaunee and worked for various health offices during her career and retired from Marquette General Hospital where she worked in the surgical ward. Ruth was a past matron of the Eastern Star, attended Mitchell United Methodist Church, and was a member of Registered Nurses Association. She much enjoyed going to her cottage on Little Shag Lake, especially when her grandchildren were with her, and she could enjoy summers with her extended family.
Surviving are her son, Scott (Patricia) Jouppi of Juno, AK, grandchildren: Dawn Jouppi (Matthew Culbreth) and Darrell Dusan Jouppi, great grandchildren: Dashel, Lyra, and Errol Culbreth, and Kaya, and Kawehi Jouppi, and six nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: R'uni, Ray, and Ture Johnson.
Friends and family are asked, in lieu of flowers, cards etc. that donations be made to Ronald McDonald Charities. A celebration of life for Ruth will be forthcoming, with her immediate family in Alaska. The family wishes to thank all those in the community who have extended a hand of support to Ruth, especially during this last year.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.koskeyfuneralhome.com.