Ruth E. Matchinski

MANISTIQUE – Ruth E. Matchinski, 90, of Manistique, died Nov. 23, 2013, at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.

She was born Jan. 4, 1923, in Detroit, the daughter of Otto and Clara (Rosner) Melange and attended schools in Detroit.

On April 24, 1948, the former Ruth E. Melange married William R. Polaszek in Detroit, and they had a daughter, Nancy. He preceded her in death on April 2, 1966.

She later married Charles W. Matchinski on June 22, 1968, in Walled Lake, Mich., and they made their home in Manistique. Chuck preceded her in death on March 28, 2002.

Ruth was a homemaker who especially enjoyed visiting with her great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Manistique where she served on the church council and was a member of the Zion Quilters and the WELCA. She was also a member of the Hiawatha Goodwill Club, the Manistique Women’s Club, the Manistique Senior Center and the Manistique Area Retired School Personnel.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Nancy Carlson of Webberville, Mich.; grandchildren, Brian (Amber) Carlson of Gladstone and Kim (Terry) McDonnell of Webberville, Mich.; several great-grandchildren; and her sister, Betty (George) Strong of Riverview, Mich.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Russell Carlson; and her brother, Joseph Melange.

In keeping with Ruth’s wishes, private family services will be held.

Burial will be in the Hiawatha Township Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church of Manistique.

The Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at