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Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan

Saturday, July 30th, 1932 - Monday, December 9th, 2019
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Obituary

Katherine Anne Conroy Ryan, 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on December 9, 2019 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her husband Richard Paul Ryan, Sr.; sons Richard Paul Ryan, Jr. and Kevin Thomas Ryan; parents Thomas and Katharine L. Conroy; sister Frances Yungman; and best friend of over 50 years, Dorothy Fitzgerald.

She leaves her children Anne Frances Kauczka (James) of Orlando, FL, Mary Katherine DiModugno (Louis) of South Windsor, CT, Patrick Conroy Ryan (Monica), Timothy John Ryan, and Brendan Michael Ryan of Clifton Park, NY; grandchildren Mark, Steven, Grace, Patrick, Blaise, Clarissa, Frances, Kelly, and Louis; and sister Mary Buckley of Camp Hill, PA.

Born and raised in Montgomery, NY, she was a graduate of the College of St. Rose School of Nursing as a B.S.R.N. “Kay” as she was known to friends and family went on to work in several major cities including Miami and Boston. She always fondly remembered a six week auto trip around the United States taken with a friend.

Kay accepted a position at St. Frances Hospital in Hartford, CT, and shortly after met her husband-to-be. They relocated to Clifton Park, NY in 1966. Her strong sense of compassion led her to working with the elderly and disabled for over 35 years at the Little Sisters of the Poor Residence in Latham, NY and the Center For the Disabled in Albany, NY.

She was an active Communicant of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park, NY for over 40 years and in her retirement volunteered for various organizations including Hospice, the Regional Food Bank, and Care Links.

Calling hours are scheduled 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 13 at the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Josephs Residence, 1365 Enfield St, Enfield, CT.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, December 14th at 10:30 am at the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Josephs Residence. Interment immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waterford, NY at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    St. Joseph Residence
    Address
    1365 Enfield St.
    Enfield, CT
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  • Mass

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Joseph Residence
    Address
    1365 Enfield St.
    Enfield, CT
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    Please meet directly at the chapel.

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Sr. marguerite Dunseith

Posted at 01:15pm
I had the privilege of working with Kay when I was Director of Nursing services in our home in Latham,
Kay was the full time night nurse and I knew what capable hands the Residents were in while we Little Sisters
slept. Kay's judgement was sound and compassionate. If any of the Residents had been found to have died in their sleep, I knew that they would have Kay's rosary clasped in their hands by the time that I arrived at their bedside.
Kay's being in the home in Enfield enabled me to see her once again. May she rest in peace enjoying the reward of her selfless and gracious life. Please be assured of my prayers for all of you!
Sr. Marguerite, l.s.p.
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Constance Veit

Posted at 03:23pm
My condolences to you all. I knew Kay for many years, first as a teen volunteer and employee at Our Lady of Hope, and then, when I returned as a Little Sister in 2006 and worked on the second floor, she was often "my" nurse on the unit many evenings so we worked together closely. Also, I grew up in St Edward's parish in Clifton Park, so our families were familiar with one another. Kay was a beautiful person, a very caring and sensitive nurse. In 2006 we had one resident in particular who was a bit combative, especially in the evening, and Kay was so good with her. Through her example I learned to be be more gentle and caring with the residents. The lessons she taught me will remain with me forever. God bless you! Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p.
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