Ruth M. Rosencranz 1945-2012

Ruth M. Rosencranz, age 66 of Spearfish, South Dakota, died Friday May 18, 2012, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Pine Slope Cemetery, with Pastor Susan Fox officiating. Following the service, a time of fellowship will be held at the Bowman Memorial Hall in Hermann Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Funeral arrangements are with Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.

Ruth M. Bickerdyke was born September 22, 1945, in Butte County, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Theodore and Louise (Teigen) Bickerdyke. Ruth was raised on the family ranch near Capitol Montana, where she also attended a country school. In 1962 she graduated from the Belle Fourche High School. On November 24, 1962, Ruth was united in marriage to William A. Rosencranz in Belle Fourche. To this union five children were born: Susan, Mary, Tim, Todd and Ted. Following their marriage, Ruth and Bill lived in Carter County Montana and later they moved to Sundance, Wyoming. In 1968 they moved to the Bickerdyke ranch near Capitol, Montana, where they ranched for several years. In 1975 they moved to Spearfish, and in 1989 they moved back to the ranch where they lived until 2008, when they returned.

Ruth was a 1977 graduate of Black Hills State University. In 1987 she received her Master’s Degree in Education from Black Hills State University, and in 1988 she received her Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley College Graduate School, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ruth was a teacher for most of her life, whether in a classroom or not. From 1978 to 1989 she taught in the Crook County, Wyoming, School District. For two years, she taught at the Sky Ranch for Boys, Sky Ranch, South Dakota. From 1991 to 1997, she taught elementary school in Camp Crook and Buffalo, South Dakota. Ruth also was a substitute teacher for many years at schools located in Sturgis, Belle Fourche, Spearfish, and Harding County.

Ruth was a member of the SD Education Association, Harding County Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher Society, Diligent Doers Extension Club in Carter County, Montana, and she served on the Butte/Lawrence County Fair Board from 1984 to 1989.

Ruth will be remembered for having a great heart and a selfless lifestyle. She loved people and would do most anything to help someone. She was a strong supporter of education and she believed in it. She had a great smile and she loved music. She played piano by ear, enjoyed quilting, and baking cakes for many people. She was a teacher of life to her family and anyone she got to know.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Bill of Spearfish; daughters, Susan (Daniel) Proefrock of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Mary (Tom) Riley of Belle Fourche; sons, Tim (Jessica) Rosencranz of Whitewood, South Dakota, Todd Rosencranz of Fruitdale, South Dakota, Ted (Stephanie) Rosencranz of Beulah, Wyoming; sister, Theo (Bruce) Yanzick of Absarokee, Montana; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Louise Bickerdyke; brother, Paul Bickerdyke.

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