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In Memory

Ruth Bredenbroker

Ruth Bredenbroker

Mrs. Bredenbroker passed away in July 1997 as the result of an embolitic stroke.  She is survived by her 5 daughters, 21 grand children, and 15 great grand children.

Her obituary was provided by her daughter Brook Bredenbroker Petersen

Mrs. Bredenbroker (Ruth Pike) was born September 2, 1923, and raised in the small town of St. Jacob, Illinois. She was the youngest of 4 children. Ruth grew up on a huge family owned orchard, where her father and mother sold much of their produce at a a road-side store. Her father also raised prize winning livestock, kept bees, and wrote and published several pamphlets on holistic approaches to Natural Healing, and materials related to health.

Ruth loved music all her life, and graduated from college in Bloomington, Illinois. Before her first teaching job, she worked one summer on a 'Dude Ranch' in Montana. There she met co-worker and future husband Sandy W. Bredenbroker. Ruth had jobs teaching music in Elementary and High Schools. She always chose to live in small towns, like the one she was raised in. While teaching music in Moorcroft, Wyoming she decided to move to Utah. She got a job teaching music in Duchesne, and lived there the rest of her life.

There were several students Ruth had in Band, that she stayed very fond of throughout her life. Many, who as adults, still kept in touch with her over the years. This meant so much to her. Ruth lost her husband in June, 1996. In July of 1997 she was enjoying the day with her daughter, Daun Young. They were spending the day in the Salt Lake area, and she was eating at her favorite restaurant. Ruth was happy and joking. She suddenly became disoriented and was taken to the local hospital. She had had an embolitic stroke in her brain, and never regained consciousness. She expired several days later at the hospital, in the company of two of her daughters Joyce Bower, and Daun Young.

Ruth was always dedicated to her family on this earth, and did years upon years of genealogy for family who had lived before. Although we were saddened by her death, our family deeply believes that upon her passing, she was indeed reunited with generations of loved ones who had gone on before.

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03/05/09 12:46 PM #1    

Roxanne Doty (Winder) (1977)

I can still remember songs I learned in chorus in Mrs. Bredenbrokers class. Linda's Britches falling down . . . I mean London's bridges falling down. (Sorry Linda) and many, many more. Thanks to Mrs. Bredenbroker's love of music I will always have sweet memories of those ooooollllddddd songs.

03/22/09 02:55 PM #2    

Debbie Sue Foy (White) (1978)

Music was the memory that I recall of Mrs. Bredenbroker. She was trying to teach us Bach, Trycosky? abd Beethoven, and I am sorry that I didn't take it more seriously. Being young, your thinking is not about the future and the expanded culture you could apply as an adult to help make you more well rounded. I regret not being a more studious student. I remember going to Brooks house for parties, and her mom was cool. it didn't matter wether you stayed up allnight or not. Her mom would let us do our thing. And sleep in late if we needed too. I always had to leave early to help with something so I was always tired. But, you for sure better not fall asleep first or your bra was frozen in the freezer. Good laughs at your house Brooke. When I go home things have really changed but, I still remember where people live and no matter who lives their now I can recall alot of great memories. I am sure that you all miss her. truly, Debbie Sue

03/26/09 08:18 PM #3    

Lynnette Hadden (Kelly) (1973)

Mrs. Bredenbroker always believed in me. I'm so grateful for her words of encouragement. Band and music have been a great part of my life. Because of Mrs. Bredenbroker I have been able to have a lot of experiences that I wouldn't otherwise have had.

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