|Ruth Louise Young Brogneaux|
|Date Of Death:||November 18, 2011|
|Service Date:||November 22, 2011|
Ruth Louise Young Brogneaux died on Friday November 18, 2011at
Meadowood Health Pavilion in Bloomington. She was preceded in death
her parents, Merrie Maude Cowles Young and Charles Franklin Young,
and her siblings Nellie Mae. James Franklin, and Samuel Maurice, as
well as her beloved husband. John Pierre Brogneaux.
Ruth is survived by daughters Patricia Jeanne Brogneaux Brennan
Michael John) of Annandale. Virginia, and Diana Lynn Brogneaux
(Frank Wallace Yoder, M.D.) of Dublin, Ohio. She is also survived
grandchildren: Kathleen Brennan Chappell (Steve), Sheila
Wetherell (Ed), Mary-Clare Brennan Veteto (Jonathan), Michael P.
(Amy), Megan B. Brennan. John W. Yoder (Jenny), and Benjamin Y.
(Lori). In addition are great-grandchildren: Merrie and Emily
Thomas and Elizabeth Wetherell, Rowan Mary Veteto. Luke and
Brennan, Matthew and Stephen Yoder, and Ava Grace, Jaiden Ann and
upcoming January birth of Samantha Ruth.
Ruth graduated from Mount Auburn High School in Shelby County,
and received a B.A. with distinction in her triple majors of
and physical education from Ball State Teachers' College in
Indiana. She was also a member and president of Psi Theta social
Following 12 years of piano lessons. and prior to attending Ball
was an invited guest to perform classical piano selections on
Indianapolis radio station. While at Ball State. she held numerous
earn her tuition, her favorite being the alto member of a musical
collaborated with a local dance band. It was there, also. that she
future husband, John.
Following their marriage on June 3. 1936, Ruth taught physical
and health for three years at Shelbyville High School. In addition,
directed the junior and senior choirs, taking the junior high
school choir to
a first-place win in Indiana state competition. After settling into
Bloomington community, Ruth became a charter member of the
Bloomington Hospital Auxiliary, the Local
Council of Women, eventually becoming its president, and a member
the Bloomington Hospital Board, holding various offices and
president. She was a member of the Circle of Friends, comprised of
presidents of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and she volunteered
28 years for the Bloomington Hospital. In addition, she became
involved as a member of the First Christian Church of Bloomington
was one of the first two female elders of the church. She was also
by women of two other local churches in establishing the
House of Bloomington. As well, Ruth was active in the University
Club of Indiana University, and the Daughters of the American
In her spare time. she was a substitute teacher of English at
South High School for 10 years, and worked for the Indiana
School of Education editing the presented Master's Degree theses.
enjoyed her pastimes of reading. playing the piano, listening to
music and was an avid golfer at the Bloomington Country Club, where
won a number of tournaments. In addition, she enjoyed bowling,
bridge and poker and she took great pleasure in the offerings of
University, from sports to theater. Her greatest joy, however, was
the world with John and their many friends. Ruth cherished her
her multitude of friends, both in Bloomington and Naples, Florida,
she and John "wintered" for 28 years.
Ruth's family extends their deepest thanks to her physician,
Sharp, M.D, the nursing staff of the Bloomington Hospital,
especially, the skilled and incredibly caring nursing staff of
Meadowood Health Pavilion.
In lieu of flowers. contributions may be made in her name to
Bloomington Hospital, the First Christian Church of Bloomington.
the Indiana University Foundation, Jill's House. or the charity of
choice. A Celebration of Life will be held for Ruth at the First
Church 205 East Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington on Tuesday
22, 2011 at 11:00AM Allen Funeral Home is handling the
and online condolences may be sent to the family at