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 ' ' 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.