Ruth Elaine Menke Schaefer, 87

Ruth Elaine Menke daughter of Fred and LaVern (Ziegler) Menke was born December 12, 1928 in Gregory, SD. She received her early education at a rural school near Clearfield, SD and graduated high school in Mission, SD. She then attended Chadron State College graduating with a Bachelor of Science - Education. Ruth Married Raymond Leo Schaefer on September 27, 1952 in Valentine, NE. They made their home in Valentine and were blessed with two daughters, Sandra and Terri. Ruth taught first grade for 40 years. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Nebraska Education Association, Sandhills Area Foundation, St. Nicholas Catholic Church and Tuesday Morning Bible Study. Ruth was a very caring person and always ready to help anyone in need. She passed away October 26, 2016 at Cherry County Hospital at age 87. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Lavern Menke, husband Raymond, sister Bonnie Copeland and son-in-law Jeff Jacobsen. She is survived by daughters, Sandra R. Jacobsen of Salado, TX, Terri L. (Mike) Kreycik of Ainsworth; sister, DeEtta Nicholas of Michigan; grandchildren, Jennifer Willis, Echo Jacobsen, Chelsea Jacobsen, Jeff Kreycik, Jon Kreycik, Jesse Kreycik and 13 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth Schaefer was held on Friday, October 28th St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Valentine. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine was in charge of service arrangements. 

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