Roberta Jean Trulock, 56, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, surrounded by her family, pastor and friends.
Funeral services are at 9 a.m. Friday at Lutheran Church of the Master.
Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hansen Chapel in Phoenix.
Roberta was born in Brookings on May 14, 1956, the daughter of Arnold and Helen Greve, local dairy farmers. She graduated from Brookings High School in 1974. She then attended Lake Area Vo-Tech in Watertown and graduated in 1975 as a certified dental assistant. She married Robert Trulock on May 25, 1975 and moved to Phoenix five years later.
This was following a particularly cold South Dakota winter storm. In the next two years she gave birth to two daughters. She balanced parenting with school work, and in 1989 she graduated from ASU with a degree in education. In 1995 she obtained her master’s degree from NAU.
Beginning in 1989, she taught at Tomahawk Elementary School, educating first and second-graders. She continued to teach until her death. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and teacher. She loved to travel, relax on the beach, play with her dogs, and spoil her grandkids. Her garden and sewing basket were always filled with projects.
She was an active member of Lutheran Church of the Master since 1979. She was known for her kindness and generosity to those she loved. Anyone who knew her was better for knowing her.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Trulock of Phoenix; her brother, Ronald Greve of Brookings; her sister, Rhoda (Jim) Frank of Austin, Minn.; two daughters, Hannah (Curtis) Trulock Bender of Lynnwood, Wash., and Sarah (Chris) Catalano of Surprise, Ariz.; three grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Curtis.
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