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Obituary for Ruth L. Chadwell




Ruth L. Chadwell, age 96, of Chelsea, MI, passed away on May 9, 2024 at Chelsea Retirement Community. Ruth was born on March 28, 1928 in Roaring Spring, PA, the daughter of Roy and Irene (Thomas) Delozier.


She married Harry P. Buberniak on May 19, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA.  They lived in Southgate, MI for 30 years, where they built several homes and raised their family. Harry passed away on December 31, 1984.


She also lived in Ypsilanti, MI where she belonged to Ypsilanti Twp. Seniors and St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Ypsilanti. She married Floyd Chadwell Jr on October 16, 1996,  and they enjoyed 12 years of marriage until his passing on January 13, 2009.  She then moved to Portland, MI to be near family, and attended both the Portland United Methodist Church and the First Congregational Church of Portland. In 2019, she moved to the Silver Maples Retirement Community in Chelsea.


Ruth's life was marked by love, creativity, and a deep-rooted connection to family and faith. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and had many close friends. She was an artist and loved nature. She found joy in painting nature and scenery, both oil and water color canvas, and writing poetry.


Ruth is survived by her three children, Harry (Michele) Buberniak Jr. of Ottawa Lake, MI,  Susan (Paul) Caines of Chelsea, MI, and Jo Anne (Kurt) Hinds of Portland, MI; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Darlene Scott and Beverly Karns, both of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry, second husband, Floyd; four brothers, Roy Delozier Jr., Wilford "Willy" Delozier, Clair Delozier, infant Donald Lee Delozier; and two sisters, Betty Amick and Freda Manspeaker.


Funeral services will be held at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Joy Barrett officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:00-10:00 a.m.


Private burial will take place at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, MI.


Memorial contributions may be made to the UMRC Heritage Fund or the Arbor Hospice Foundation.

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