Ruth Matzner Samdperil


Samdperil, Ruth (Matzner), 86, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at her home in Providence, RI. 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.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave. Providence, RI 02906, followed by burial at Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick RI.  Shiva will take place at her home Wednesday 7-9 PM, Thursday 2-5 PM and 7-9 PM.  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.


  1. Dan & Jo-Ann DeCesare
    Oct 9, 2018

    Jo-Ann and I want to wish our sincerest condolences to Karyn and her entire family. May you find peace and comfort from your family and friends at this difficult time.

  2. Joyce Mills
    Oct 9, 2018

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  3. Marilyn Wentworth
    Oct 9, 2018

    Karen, so sorry for the loss of your beloved mom. She sounds like a wonderfully warm and loving person and someone who will be deeply missed.

  4. Jaunita
    Oct 10, 2018

    So sorry for your loss

  5. David Fellman
    Oct 11, 2018

    Attended both St. Dunstan’s and Hamilton together for several yrs., though you were a few yrs. ahead of me.
    My heartfelt condolences on your mom’s passing

  6. Glenda and Lazar Labush
    Oct 25, 2018

    Dear family.
    We remember Ruth with warm feelings for her friendship and love of her family . And of course happy times at the beach.

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