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Mary Patricia Ryan

Sep 14, 1927 - Apr 02, 2020


Mary Patricia Ryan, age 92, entered into Eternal Life and Everlasting Peace on Thursday, April 2, 2020 following a lengthy illness.

Mary (Pat) was born in Calumet, MI on September 14, 1927, daughter of Charles and Stephanie (Kobe) Ryan. She graduated from Calumet High School in 1944 and went on to attend Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, graduating in 1949.

Pat had a successful career in public health, retiring as Lab Supervisor for the City of Sheboygan Health Department. Children brought great joy to Pat and she invested time in each child she met, demonstrating a belief in the potential of all children. She was a favorite Aunt to her many nieces and nephews – and enjoyed reading to the second grade students in Terry Urben’s classroom at James Madison Elementary School. Church and her faith were central to Pat’s life and she served the Lord through a commitment to music – beginning as a child in the St. Joseph’s (St. Paul the Apostle) Church Choir in Calumet, MI and most recently with over 50 years of service in the SS Cyril and Methodius Church Choir, Sheboygan, WI.

Pat was proud of her Irish/Slovenian heritage – always ready with a good Irish limerick, a Slovenian tune and long Irish farewells. In 2016, she was recognized as “Slovenian Woman of the Year” by the Slovenian Union of America – Branch 1.

Pat is survived by her dear friend, Monica Virant; two beloved brothers and their families.

John Ryan of Calumet, MI and his children John (Colleen), Timothy (Jan Aarten), Robert, Mary (Michael) Straneva, Patricia (Darren McBride) and David (Ann).

Charles (Donna) Ryan of Laurium, MI and his children Kelly (Chad Dove), Amy Ryan, Kristen Ryan and Anne (Casey) Polkinghorne.

She is further survived by great-nieces and great-nephews: Jolene (Jeff) Rosseter, Thomas and Keri Ryan; Anne, Ryan and Kate Straneva; Samuel, Margret and Andrew Lucas; Jordy and Jack Taylor; and Elise and Nora Polkinghorne; and one great-great niece, Claire Marguerite Rosseter.

She is also survived by special friends, Joseph and Barbara Virant and their children, Jonathan Virant and Jackie (Billy) Nisporic.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents and a dear sister-in-law, Marguerite (Marge) Ryan.

The family would like to express deep appreciation to the special people who supported Pat with compassionate care, including: Dr. S. Mark Bettag, Tender Hearts Senior Care – Katie Tutas and Karen Wiverstad, neighbor Bonnie Hesslink and HSHS St. Nicholas Home Health & Hospice.

A Memorial Mass will take place on March 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, 822 New Jersey Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m.

In lieu of floral gifts, please direct memorial contributions in Pat’s name to the Alex C. Dove Foundation or Monastery of the Holy Cross, Iron Mountain, MI.

Memorial Service

Date: Wednesday Mar 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church [map]


Date: Wednesday Mar 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Karen Rupar

We will always remember your sweet spriit and love for others. Also the great times playing golf together. We love you Pat.

Sue Giles

Monica - Hugs thoughts and prayers to you as you review your treasured memories of Pat.

Gary & Vickie Gephart Family

We want to express our deepest sympathy to the Ryan Family and to Monica. Pat has touched a lot of lives while she was with us. We will miss her until we meet again. Now you can golf whenever you want to. The weather will always be glorious.