Ruth Maree Rosencrance

Ruth Maree Rosencrance

October 07, 1929 - April 08, 2024
Charleston, WV

Ruth Maree Rosencrance

October 07, 1929 - April 08, 2024
Charleston, WV


Ruth Maree Rosencrance, age 94, of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away on April 8, 2024, at the Arthur B. Hodges Center, leaving behind a legacy of compassion, dedication, and unwavering service. Born on October 7, 1929, in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, to John E. and Irene M. Reining, Ruth’s life was a testament to the impact one individual can have through a commitment to educating and caring for others.

Ruth dedicated her professional life to nursing and nursing education, where her influence extended far beyond the classroom and the hospital wards. She instilled in her students and colleagues alike the importance of empathy, care, and the lasting impact of laughter and love. Her legacy is one of service, touching the lives of countless individuals who were fortunate enough to have been cared for, taught, or simply known by her.

Ruth’s story is not just one of professional achievement but also of personal joy and commitment. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James E. Rosencrance; her parents, John E., and Irene M. Reining; and her sisters, Betty Dillion, and Marilyn Brazelton. Ruth’s memory will be cherished and kept alive by her loving family, including her son, Dr. James G. Rosencrance, her daughter-in-law, Jackie L. Rosencrance, her adored grandsons, Zachary J., and Austin L. Rosencrance, and her three great-grandchildren, Kora James, Carter James, and Grant Michael Rosencrance.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff at Edgewood Summit, Arthur B. Hodges, and Hospice Care for their compassionate support and care throughout Ruth’s recent illness and over the years. Their dedication provided comfort and peace not only to Ruth but also to her family during these challenging times.

In honor of Ruth’s legacy, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the WVU Medicine Thomas Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund. This gesture will ensure that Ruth’s commitment to nursing education continues to inspire and support future generations of nurses. To make a memorial gift, please visit, or call 304-766-4340.

Memorial service for Ruth Maree Rosencrance will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, West Virginia, where family, friends, and those whose lives were touched by Ruth are welcome to pay their respects and celebrate her remarkable life.

Visitation will begin one hour prior at the funeral home.

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Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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7 responses to Ruth Maree Rosencrance

  1. Hello Greg. My heart aches for you. I can remember like yesterday coming over to the house as we practiced our songs for the gong show and talent show many moons ago. Your mom was so inviting and always kind. I will never forget her.

    When I would ride my bike I would always see her in the front yard doting over her flowers. I know she will be missed.

    When things settle lets get together over a meal. I know we talked about it earlier this year. Take care my friend and hang in there. I have officiated some 50 funerals and have always found these two passages to be of great comfort.

    (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.”

    (Isaiah 57:15) “. . .For this is what the High and Lofty One says, Who lives forever and whose name is holy: “I reside in the high and holy place, But also with those crushed and lowly in spirit, To revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of those being crushed.”

    Love you my friend

  2. Greg, Jackie and Family —

    Our sincere condolences on Aunt Ruth’s passing. When Doug and I were small, Uncle Jim used to take care of the two of us on occasion. We were all great pals so when Aunt Ruth came on the scene, Doug and I kind of felt she was the new kid on the block. But Aunt Ruth’s warm-hearted graciousness and easy laughter soon won us over. My everlasting memory of their wedding is throwing rice as they exited the church, both of them grinning from ear to ear. They’re together again at last and just as happy this time around too. Peace be with you.

    Dan and Jean, Marco Island, FL

  3. Greg & Family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She has left a beautiful legacy in her family. Blessings to you all. May good memories comfort you.

    Paul & Robin Gunnoe

  4. Greg and family
    Our heartfelt condolences om loss of your mom.may her soul rest in peace and her life inspire all to continue her work.may God give you strength to bear this loss
    Bipin and Rita Avashia.Austin TX.

  5. Dr. Rosencrance & Family:

    I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your mother. I pray that God will comfort you and your family at this time.

    Denise R. Thomas

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