Ruth Samdperil, 86


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ruth (Matzner) Samdperil died Oct. 8 at her home in Providence. Ruth was the wife of the late Charles Samdperil. They were married for 54 years.  Born and raised in Providence, Ruth was the daughter of the late Joseph and Celia (Sack) Matzner.  

Ruth is survived by her four children: Stephen (Robin) Samdperil, Debra (Phyllis) Samdperil, Terry (Michael) Schuster, and Karyn (Jay) Rosenfield. She was predeceased by her son, Henry David Samdperil. Nan leaves behind her grandchildren David, Jamie (Josh), Sophie, Bryce, Skyler, Emma and Samantha and two great-grandchildren, Cooper and Cameron. Ruth valued her family and many lifelong friendships. She enjoyed years of warm summers in Narragansett and Jamestown and sunny winters in Jupiter, Florida.  

Ruth graduated from Hope High School and attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She was a talented artist who excelled at capturing the true essence of her subjects in drawings and paintings. She greatly enriched the lives of her children and grandchildren by introducing them to the arts, and providing fun, love and encouragement.  

Donations in Ruth’s memory can be made to Temple Emanu-El, The Ruth and Charles Samdperil Family Jewish Education Fund at the Jewish Community Day School, Camp JORI or to a charity of your choice.

Claire Schleffer

WARWICK, R.I. – Claire J. Schleffer, died Sept. 30 at Sunny View Nursing Home. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Gordon Schleffer and Mildred (Gorodetsky) Schleffer, she had lived in Rhode Island her entire life. 

She was a leader in the Department of Labor Relations for the state of Rhode Island for more than 40 years.  Claire was a member and past president of the local Muscular Dystrophy chapter.  

She was the sister of the late Morton Schleffer and his surviving wife, Lois, of Brockton, Massachusetts. She was the aunt of Gordon and his wife, Evelyn and Jonathan and his wife, Lisa. She was the proud aunt to Joshua, Jacob, Andrew, Lauren, Leah and Jack.  

Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society.