Mary Martha (O’Dwyer) Ryan

Mary Martha (O’Dwyer) Ryan,85 of Ridgefield, went lovingly to heaven on Tuesday, April 5th 2011, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her husband, Thomas and children.  Mary was born on July 29, 1925 in Knocklong, Co. Limerick, Ireland, a daughter of Thomas and Johanna (Keane) O’Dwyer.  She and her husband were both raised in Ireland, immigrated to the U.S. where they reconnected and later married.  Mary was proud of her Irish heritage and always grateful for the opportunities to work and prosper in the United States of America.  Mary is survived by her caring husband of 54 years, Thomas Ryan; son James Ryan his wife Lisa and sons Andrew and Connor of Newtown, CT; son Michael Ryan, his wife Isabelle and sons Paul and Christopher of Dexter, MI; daughter Maureen Spies, her husband Matthew and daughter Shannon of Brookfield, CT; her son (predeceased) Thomas, his wife Anne Marie and children Patrick, Siobhan and Michael Ryan of Somers, CT.  Mary was strong and self sufficient and held several jobs in banking and bookkeeping prior to her marriage, after which she devoted herself to her husband and children while continuing to work and maintaining strong family ties to her siblings still in Ireland with annual summer vacations.  She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend to all, generous in spirit, firm and fair, and always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends.  She taught her children the values of family, hard work, inner strength and courage and thirst for knowledge as she continued to battle her own health issues.  The Ryan family has been a member of St. Mary Parish of Ridgefield for the past 45 years.  She will be missed by all.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 8th at 10:15 am in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield with the Rev. Russell Augustine, parochial vicar, officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.  The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Thursday, April 7th, 2011 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Ryan’s memory and honor can be made to St. Mary Church, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield 06877 or to the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury 06810.



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