Mary E. Ryan 83, died Friday, Sept, 27, 2019, at Via Christi Villages in Wichita. She was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Newton to Harold and Erma (Hackney) Dean.
She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton. She served the church in Legion of Mary and caring for Altar flowers. She retired from the billing department for the for the former Axtell Hospital and Newton Medical Center.
Traveling was a joy Mary looked forward to. She especially enjoyed visiting Japan and got to travel to London to meet a pen pal of 50 years. She could often be found completing puzzles both jigsaw and crosswords. She also enjoyed sewing. Family time was important to Mary and she looked forward to spending time with her loving family and friends
Mary is survived by her daughters Jody Valle and Peggy Gerber; sons Tim Cornelius, Tom Cornelius and his wife Judy, and Chris Ryan; brother Albert Wayne and his wife Ginny Dean; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at St. Mary Catholic Church in with the Rev. Nicholas Voelker celebrant. Recitation of the Rosary will be 6 p.m. Monday at the Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton led by the Legion of Mary. The family will receive friends until 8 p.m. following the Rosary. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Newton.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary School in care of Petersen Funeral Home.