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 Ruth J <I>Kleeberger</I> Crane

Ruth J Kleeberger Crane

Wisconsin, USA
Death 14 Mar 2011 (aged 84)
Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 67512687 · View Source
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Ruth J (nee Kleeberger) Crane, a longtime Lewistown resident who taught in the rural areas of central and Eastern Montana, died of natural causes Mar 14, at her home in Lewistown.
Ruth was born on a family farm in Wisconsin, to Levern and Caroline Kleeberger on Jun 5, 1926. She and her family spent most of their younger lives in Northfield, MN, where she graduated from high school and later attended Carleton College. During the war, she worked in a defense manufacturing plant, making parts for bombers (becoming the family's "Ruthie the Riveter"). She later moved to Montana in 1947, to teach in rural country schools, where she met her future husband, Robert S Crane of Jordan. They were married on Dec 30, 1948, and lived in Jordan until 1951, when they moved their growing family to Lewistown. Ruth and Bob had six sons, Charles, James, David, Richard, Jeffrey and John.
During the boys' early years, Ruth stayed busy with being a full-time mother and wonderful gardener. She worked as a house mother at the nursing school at St Joseph's Hospital in Lewistown, and ultimately returned to Eastern Montana College to renew her teaching credentials. Ruth returned to teaching in one-room schoolhouses in various rural communities, beginning in 1969 throughout Eastern Montana. She and Bob moved from Lewistown to Moore when Bob retired as a heavy equipment operator while Ruth continued teaching in different communities until she retired. After retirement, she continued to tutor individual students. Ruth returned to Lewistown in 1991. Throughout her years in Lewistown, Ruth was involved in many community and civic activities. She particularly enjoyed sharing time with her pinochle friends at the senior center.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S Crane; her brothers, Robert and Donald; her sons, John and Richard; her daughter-in-law, Alison Crane; and a nephew, Jerry Simpson.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothy J Simpson; and her sons, Charlie (Rene) of Longmont, CO, Jim of Ogden, Utah, Dave of Great Falls, and Jeff of Lewistown. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Jackie and Bridgett Crane of Longmont; Abigail, Robert and Katherine of Ogden; Jeremy Crane of Bismarck, ND; Ryan Crane and Charles Crane of Great Falls; Jessica Crane-Munoz of Hillsborough, NJ; and Danielle Crane of Kent, OH. Ruth also is survived by numerous great-grandchildren and nephews and nieces.


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