Ruth Louise Sobleski (1948-2005)

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Ruth Louise Sobleski Boynton Backus
Backus, Ruth Sobleski.JPG
St. Nicholas Cemetery, Larks Lake, MI
Born: 11 Feb 1948 Emmet Co., Michigan
Died: 15 Jul 2005 Readmond Twp., Emmet, Michigan
Father: Leo Martin Sobleski
Mother: Mary Jane Zumbaugh
Siblings: Leo E. Sobleski
Mary K. Sobleski
Patricia Sobleski
Gary Sobleski
Janet M. Sobleski
Joyce Elaine Sobleski
Ruth Louise Sobleski
Kathleen M. Sobleski
Dorothy J. Sobleski
William Sobleski
Rose Sobleski
Stephen J. Sobleski
Julie Ann Sobleski
Don Sobleski
David Sobleski
James L. Sobleski
Thomas R. Sobleski
Jennifer Lee Sobleski
Spouse: Richard James Boynton
Married: 14 Feb 1970 Emmet Co., Michigan
Spouse: Kenneth C. Backus
Married: 28 Nov 1983 Emmet Co., Michigan


Petoskey News-Review, Monday, 18 Jul 2005:

Ruth L. (Sobleski) Backus

On Friday, July 15, 2005, surrounded by her loving family, Ruth L. (Sobleski) Backus passed from this life.

Ruth was born Feb. 11, 1948, in Petoskey, to Leo and Mary Jane (Zumbaugh) Sobleski. She grew up and attended school here and was a graduate of St. Francis High School.

Her family will miss her kind and giving nature; she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She worked as a waitress at the Crow's Nest for the last 18 years, where her regular patrons will miss her signature bright smile and familiar care. She loved being with her family, enjoyed music and dancing, but she also valued her privacy and cherished quiet moments working in her garden or taking long walks in the woods at her home in Northern Michigan.

Ruth is survived by her three children, Amy (Boynton) Duffy of Stapleton, Ala., Rob Backus of Harbor Springs and Katie Backus also of Harbor Springs; her grandchildren include, Vince IV and Lilly Louise Duffy and Harmony Day and Tristan Michael Backus. Also surviving is her loving companion, Ken Tye, and her 15 brothers and sisters, Mary Hoffman of Harbor Springs, Pat Marszalec of Larks Lake, Janet Jackimowicz of Petoskey, Joyce Matz of Petoskey, Dorothy Swiss of Harbor Springs, Kathleen Bates of Petoskey, Rose Sobleski of Minnesota, Julie Hibbler of Petoskey, Jennifer Hanical, Leo Jr. of Petoskey, Gary of Kinross, William, Steve, Don and David Sobleski, all of Petoskey, and her many, many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Tommy and James of Petoskey.

A funeral Mass has been planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Larks Lake. Celebrants will be the Rev. Norbert Landerville and deacon Joe Nelson. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to The Crows Nest for a luncheon after the burial. Visitation will take place 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Schiller Funeral Home in Harbor Springs, with a vigil service at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Ruth's memory may be directed to the family, in care of Amy Duffy at St. Francis Xavier Credit Union.


  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
BOYNTON, Richard James & SOBLESKI, Ruth Louise
Date of Marriage: 2/14/1970
Liber: 1970
Folio: 15
  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
BACKUS, Kenneth C. & BOYNTON, Ruth L.
Date of Marriage: 11/28/1983
Liber: 1983
Folio: 217
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Backus, Ruth Louise
Date of Death: 7/15/2005
Liber: 2005
Folio: 229
Place of Death: Readmond Township
Backus, Ruth L. (Sobleski)
Age: 57
Born: 02/11/1948
Died: 07/15/2005
Burial: 07/20/2005
Cemetery: St. Nicholas, Larks Lake
Funeral Home: Schiller, Harbor Springs
  • Source: Petoskey News-Review, Jan 12, 2004, Obituary of her Father Leo M. Sobleski notes her as a daughter and living as Ruth Backus of Cross Village.