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Ruth (Prohaska) Chamberlain

April 9, 1927 ~ October 28, 2019 (age 92)


Ruth (Prohaska) Chamberlain of Petoskey went home to meet her Lord on October 28, 2019.

She was born on April 9, 1927 to the late Carl and Beatrix (Swoboda) Prohaska. As a child, she attended the Horton Bay Rural (one room) school for grades 1 - 8. She graduated from Boyne City Public School in 1944 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University.

On December 30, 1950, she married Paul Edison Chamberlain, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Pamela Kay (Gary) Gifford of Midland, Michigan, Robert Edison Chamberlain of Seattle, Washington, Charles David Chamberlain of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and William Lee (Jennifer) Chamberlain of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition, she is survived by 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Her sister, Dorothy Gibbs also survives her. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Betty Somerville and Jean Fritz, as well as one grandson, Ryan Chamberlain.

Ruth was a teacher and food service director for the Petoskey Public Schools for 30 years retiring in 1985. As the food serviced coordinator, she served banquets for as few as 50 to over 600 participants. One of the highlights of her career was being elected president for the Michigan Food Services Association for 1975 - 1976.

Ruth was a life-long member of the Horton Bay United Methodist Church. She served as the church organist form 1968 until 2012. She was active in United Methodist Women as well as a member of the Gideon's International Auxiliary.

While their children were growing up, Ed and Ruth had a vegetable stand selling garden produce as well as Chamberlain's Garden Fresh Jams, for which they are still fondly remembered.

Memorial Services for Ruth will be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Stone Funeral Home, Inc. of Petoskey, Michigan.

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