Ruby Lee Hofer was born to Melvin S. and Emma (Hofer) Hofer on Dec. 1, 1943, in Sioux Falls, S.D. She passed away on Feb. 21, 2019, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 75.
Ruby grew up on a farm on the south edge of Bridgewater, S.D. She attended Bridgewater Public Schools, graduating from Bridgewater High School in 1961. She continued her education at Dakota Wesleyan University, graduating in 1965 with an elementary education major. Ruby’s entire teaching career of 41 years was in the Dell Rapids Public School, Dell Rapids, S.D., where she taught various elementary grade levels until her retirement in 2006. After she retired, Ruby moved back to the farm near Bridgewater.
Ruby had a deep faith in God. Upon the confession of her faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, she was baptized by Rev. John J. Kleinsasser on July 3, 1955 and became a lifelong member of the Salem Mennonite Brethren Church.
Although Ruby was a farm girl, she always knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She found great joy in helping any student in whatever way she could. Ruby was an educator who truly cared about the young lives she touched. As a kindergarten teacher for 27 years, she had the pleasure of being the first teacher of many Dell Rapids children. As the years progressed, she taught the children of her former students.
Ruby had a lovely soprano voice. She sang in various choirs starting with her high school choir, the college choir and later in her adult years community and church choirs. She also soloed at funerals and weddings and provided special music for worship services.
She enjoyed traveling. One of the highlights was to visit Russia and the village where her grandfathers were born. Ruby also visited Austria and the surrounding areas where her ancestors lived. As her parents were getting older, Ruby devoted much time to their well-being taking them to doctor’s appointments and attending to their various daily needs. After her father’s death, her mother went to live with her in Dell Rapids. Ruby treasured this special time that she had with her mother.
Those looking forward to joining her in heaven include her sister, Donna Glanzer of Madison, S.D.; her nephews: Mark and his wife Christina and their children, Ben, Anna, Sally, Marie, Henry, Ruby and Joe of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Michael and his wife Jean Marie and their children, Sam, Emily, and Ruth of Brush Prairie, Wash; nieces: Michelle and her husband John Simpson and their children, Nic, Andrew and Annika of East Bethel, Minn., and Melissa and her husband Eric Casler and their children, Konrad, Katiana, Sophia, Esther and Kipling of Ashburn, Va.; as well as cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law James Glanzer.
A time of celebration was held Saturday, March 2 at the Salem MB Church, with music provided by organist Mary Ann Gross, pianist Chauni Glanzer and vocalists Melissa Casler, Tim Glanzer and David Schrag. Pallbearers were Konrad Casler, Andrew Simpson, Dwight Pullman, Wesley Tschetter, Charles Wollman, Michael Damm and Robin Hofer. Interment was at the Salem MB Church Cemetery.