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Ruth Neuberger

Ruth Neuberger

Ruth Barbra Neuberger was born July 17, 1931 on a ranch near Stamford, SD, the daughter of August and Fredricka (Huber) Iburg. She died at the Daugherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD on February 8, 2019 at the age of 87 years.

Ruth was baptized in the Stamford Lutheran Church and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran of Mitchell, SD. The family moved to rural Mitchell when Ruth was 11. She graduated from Mitchell High School. She trained to be a teacher at Black Hills Teachers College then earned her bachelor's from South Dakota State College and later her master's from North Dakota State College. She taught elementary, high school and college students.

She met her husband, Tom Neuberger, at South Dakota State College. They married December 28, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. They spent their first twenty years together teaching in Columbus, GA, Davenport, IA, Fargo, ND, and Ann Arbor, MI. Their son Tim was born in Fargo.

In 1972 Tom's parents retired from farming and after much prayer and consideration Tom and Ruth became the fourth generation on the Neuberger family farm. Growing up on a farm, Ruth learned the skills and the love for gardening and sewing. She was a busy person selling her produce, pillows, comforters and Tom's meats at Farmer's Markets and the farm for 35 years.

The Lutheran Missionary League and the Gideon International Auxiliary were her first choices for her volunteer efforts. She held many offices in both organizations for many years. The most challenging was as the State President of the South Dakota Lutheran Women's Missionary League from 1980-1984.

Ruth was a very generous person with her time and possessions. She donated her body to the University of South Dakota Medical School. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Canistota. Memorial gifts for Gideon Bibles are suggested.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Tom of Canistota, son, Tim (Joanna) of Tacoma, WA, grandson Luke and many in-laws and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 6 sisters and 3 brothers.