Welcome to the memorial page for

Ruth Jean (Cowdrey) Madalinski

October 18, 1931 ~ January 1, 2018 (age 86)

Ruth J. Madalinski, 86, of Ottawa Lake, Michigan,  passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg.  Born October 18, 1931, to Dudley and Beulah (Marsh) Cowdrey.  She married Norbert F. Madalinski on May 20, 1950. She lived on West Temperance Road all her life.

While working side-by-side with her husband on their family farm, she raised six children and focused her life on giving to others.  Ruth enjoyed gardening, canning (pickles and sauerkraut especially) and baking many kinds of breads, cookies and pies. Her pie crust cookies were a huge favorite, and she made sure that no one visiting her home ever left empty-handed. Vegetables from her monstrous garden were enjoyed by family, friends, and their family and friends. You’d also find her writing lovingly long cards and letters, updating her daily journal, playing Sudoku and keeping up with Victor and Nikki on the Young and the Restless.

 Ruth was a pure-hearted, loving spirit who always had a kind word to share.  She was so positive and full of love.  She loved her family so much, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her example was her greatest gift of all.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, daughter Elizabeth, parents, brothers Charles and Clarence Cowdrey and step-mother Willie (Coop) Cowdrey.

Left to cherish her memory are children Katherine (Polimir) Burns, Patricia (Keith) Clark, Mary Feasel, Peter (Jane Friesner) Madalinski, Theresa Stansbury and John (Kathy) Madalinski; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Also siblings Eleanor Hise, Nelson (Melva) Cowdrey, Earl (Karen) Cowdrey, Grace (Bernie) Sailor and Carol Cowdrey. Also special in-laws Clifford O’Rielly and Marilyn Madalinski, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania, on Sunday  January 7 from 3 to 8 pm, with a Funeral Mass on Monday, January 8 at 10 am at St. Joseph Church, 5373 Main Street, Sylvania.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the ER and ICU staff at St. Anne’s Hospital and Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Joseph Church, Sylvania, or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

 Service Information

January 7, 2018

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 Main Street
Sylvania, OH 43560

Funeral Mass
January 8, 2018

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church - Sylvania
5373 Main Street
Sylvania, OH 43560

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