SALISBURY - Mrs. Ruth Canup Bernhardt, 96, of Salisbury, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at The Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks.
She was born Aug. 28, 1914, in Rowan County to the late Ida Julian Canup and David Lee Canup. Ruth was educated at Salisbury High School and Catawba College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. She then went on to be a teacher at East Rowan High School, where she retired in 1976.
Ruth was very active in the community and belonged to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where she was a lifetime member. She also taught Sunday School and was a member of the Woman's Circle. She was on the fellowship Committee and church history committee.
Ruth also taught in the Laubach Reading Program and was a member of the South Salisbury Fire Department Auxiliary and Board of Directors. She was a volunteer at the Lutheran Home for 32 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Bernhardt, in 1981; a son, Phil Bernhardt; brother Arnold Canup; and daughter-in-law Donna Bernhardt.
Those left behind to cherish Ruth's memories include four sons, Gilbert Bernhardt, J.C. Bernhardt Jr. and wife Brenda, Vernon Bernhardt his wife Cheryl and Claude Bernhardt and wife Debbie; three daughters, Barbara Deese and husband David, Judy Bernhardt and Bonnie Lawlor; daughter-in-law Brenda Bernhardt; three brothers, Harley Canup and wife Mae, Carl Ray Canup and Luther Paul Canup; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Service: Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday Nov. 15 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev. William S. Ketchie officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Visitation: Will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Summersett Funeral Home.
Memorials: May be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul's Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.
Obituary from the Salisbury Post