Susan Wallber Ring

May 2, 1947September 28, 2012

Susan Wallber Ring, died at home September 28, after living with Progressive Subnuclear Palsy (PSP) for the past several years. Susan grew up in Idaho Falls where she rode with the Junior Mounted Posse. At Idaho Falls High School, she played in the orchestra and graduated in 1965. She graduated from the College of Great Falls Montana in 1969 and George Mason University, in Fairfax Virginia, in 1976. She taught High School English and later was part of a unique vocational educational program where students refurbished cars and sold them (she had a used car dealer’s license). Susan never lost her love of horses and enjoyed foxhunting in the hills of Virginia on her hunter-jumper, PT Barnum.

In 1990, Susan married fellow educator Jeff Ring. They spent the following 13 summers traveling all over the U.S. and Canada, from Newfoundland to California to Alaska. Upon retirement, much to her father’s surprise, they built a home near him in Idaho Falls.

Susan was extremely active in the community: she served on the Board of First Book (which provides low-income children with their ‘first book’); and was a member of Rotary, Weavers Guild, New Comers Club, Bonneville Democrats, Idaho Falls Gem and Mineral Society, Eagle Rock ATV as well as several book clubs (her favorite quote is by Thomas Jefferson: “I cannot live without books”). She was a patron of the arts and supported numerous charities and organizations such as Breaking Boundaries, ARTI, Idaho Falls Museum, Arts Council, Symphony, Art Museum, Food Bank and Animal Shelters, just to name a few local ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Betty Wallber and is survived by her husband, Jeff Ring, two step-children: Colleen and Keven Ring, and four siblings: Christine Dinsmore (Tom), Josara Wallber (Ray Grosshans), Mike Wallber, Amy Colandrea (Greg). She loved her four step-grandchildren and eight nephews/nieces very much and actively participated in their lives. Susan was a model of integrity and courage and will live in our hearts always.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls. In leu of flowers, you can support Susan’s love of books and helping others by making a contribution to First Book at any Westmark Credit Union in Susan Ring’s name.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 13, 2012

Susan Wallber Ring

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Mary Jane Fritzen

October 13, 2012

Dear Jeff and Family,
We extend to you our sympathy at the loss of dear Susan.
She was a lovely lady, whom we will miss.
Mary Jane

Susan & Jim Magnan

October 13, 2012

Susan was a very valuable person who will be missed. We are so very sorry for your loss, Jeff.

October 13, 2012

Sweet Susan, you will be sorrowfully missed. your nurse, Rita Fleck RN

October 11, 2012

Susan set a wonderful example of generosity, thoughtfulness, consideration and friendship. We will not forget all your acts of kindness, show to individuals and our community. Thank You....
Dottie Laflin

October 11, 2012

Jeff and Amy and families...I go way back with the Wallbers...remember
riding at Judy's Arena...Pony Club...
Only recently did I get to know Susan again through Jeff and Library Boards...
My sympathies to all the families...Mary Klingler (Idaho Falls)

October 11, 2012

My sympathy to you and your family in Susan's passing. She was a lovely lady and will be remembered.
My regards,
Kathie Phoenix (Idaho Falls)

Kathi Skaar

October 8, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

October 7, 2012

Dear Jeff - I was sorry to hear of Susan's passing - I know she will be missed - Sigrid Silverman

Melanie Seneff

October 7, 2012

A lovely lady who will be greatly missed. Love to Jeff and family.

Kathy Duplessis

October 7, 2012

Thank you, Susan for everything you have done for your family, for your family, for children and the community!