Norma Ruzicka 1929-2013

Posted May 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Norma Ruzicka 1929-2013

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Norma Martha Ruzicka, 83, of Highmore, S.D., died Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Highmore Health in Highmore, S.D.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 23, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Highmore, with Pastor David Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at the Highmore Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, all at Luze Funeral Home, Highmore.

Norma Martha Jacober was born June 22, 1929 to Jacob and Martha (Nesper) Jacober at Ridgeview, S.D. and was baptized in the Lutheran faith. After the loss of her mother at the age of eight, her siblings helped raise her. She attended school at Ridgeview through the eighth grade, and then attended Gettysburg High School. After graduation, she attended Green’s Beauty School in Rapid City, which brought her to Miller to be employed by Ida’s Beauty Salon. She married the love of her life, Dennis Ruzicka, on June 3, 1953 in Pierre. To this union, two daughters were born, Marcia and Glenda.

Even with her busy lifestyle of helping with farm work, she found time to be a 4-H leader for many years, and be active at gardening, sewing, and cooking for the hired help. She was a wonderful cook for all who came to the house. With her beautician background, she fixed hair for many aunts and uncles. Dennis and Norma enjoyed trips traveling all over the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.

Due to a stroke in 1999, she lost her ability to verbally communicate with people. She lived on the family farm until April 2008 when she resided at the Highmore Healthcare Center. One of the highlights during her stay was being crowned the 2008 Healthcare Snow Queen.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis of Highmore; two daughters, Marcia (Loren) Stulken of Highmore and Glenda (Bob) Leisinger of Highmore; two grandchildren and their families, Matt Leisinger (Kathy Schlepp) and Bailey, Natalie and Brody of Highmore and Laurie (Jerry) Woodward and Jessica and Weston of Custer; and one sister, Helen Hubner of Valley City, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Freda Johnson, Rose Lennick and Lydia Becken; and five brothers-in-law.

Luze Funeral Home of Highmore has been entrusted with Norma’s arrangements. Visit