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Mary Ann Ryan (1934-2021)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 6/16/2021 at 07:13:26

Mary Ann Ryan, 87, formerly of Fairbank, passed at the Western Home Communities, Martin Suites, Cedar Falls, Iowa, on June 12, 2021. She came into this world on Feb. 11, 1934, the daughter of Alfred and Florence (Besler) Recker in Earlville, Iowa. She was the fourth of nine children. She attended school at the Stanley public schools. After graduating, she was joined in marriage to John Fay Ryan on Nov. 8, 1952, at Sacred Heart Church, Oelwein, Iowa. Eight children were born to this union. Mary Ann grew up on her parents' farm and, after her marriage, continued with the farm life until her move into Fairbank, where she worked at Woods Construction and the Chalet Supper Club in Fairbank from 1971 until 1980. She also sold Electrolux Vacuums, Water Conditioners and Shaklee products. She obtained her life insurance license and was affiliated with Bankers Life Insurance, Waterloo, Iowa, until her retirement. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbank, where she enjoyed singing in the church choir. She made frequent destination trips, with all of her children living in different areas of the country, to see her many grandchildren. She also loved dancing, attending many area dances with friends. She is survived by her children, Jack (Pam) Ryan, Boone, N.C., Teri McIntosh-Gauley, Williamsburg, Iowa, Lori (Ernie) Brickman and Kelly (Susan) Ryan, Fairbank, Iowa, Peggi Ryan, Pueblo, Colo., Denise (Chad) Tobey, Minot, N.D., and Michele (Toby) Tutton, Manchester, Iowa; 21 grandchildren, Jamie Ryan, Ross (Jennifer) Ryan, Melissa McIntosh, Matt (Abby) Gauley, Tony Gauley, Jeni Schultz, Heather (Kyle) Reeves, Michaelyn (Shane) McClinton, Dustin Brickman, Michael P. Ryan, Elizabeth Escobedo, Rachael (Patrick) Murray, Keith (Kate) Ryan, Alyssa Riche, Michael Riche, Bryce Tobey, Channing (Ashley) Tobey, Blake Tobey, Kenze Tutton, Kielyn Tutton and Kaci Tutton; 29 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Larry Recker, Oelwein, and Dale (Judy) Recker, Arlington; sister, Sharon (John) Woods, Fairbank; two brothers-in-law, Pete Reeser, Edmund, Okla., and Jerry Linder, Fredericksburg, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Fran Recker and Marian McIntosh, both of Oelwein; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kris Francis Ryan; grandson, Bart Alan McIntosh; her former husband, John Fay Ryan; three brothers, Carl Recker, Ernie Recker and Lyle (Buddy) Recker; two sisters, Betty Lou Reeser and Linda Kay Linder; three sisters-in-law, Mary Lee Recker, Mary Lou Recker and Marge Cleworth; and a brother-in-law, Robert McIntosh. Mass of the Resurrection: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank, with lunch following at the parish center. Inurnment: Immaculate Conception Cemetery immediately following service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Cards may be sent in care of Mary Ann to Ernie and Lori Brickman, PO Box 163, Fairbank, IA 50629 for later designation. Online condolences can be left at www.woodsfuneralhome.net.

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Published in The Gazette on Jun. 16, 2021.


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