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Martha E. Ryan

LENOX - Martha E. Ryan, 69, a former longtime Lenox resident, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center. Born in Pittsfield on Nov. 11, 1944, the daughter of Howard S. and Madeline Brophy Ryan, she was educated in Pittsfield schools, and was a 1963 graduate of Pittsfield School, graduating in 1967 from Westfield State College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. Miss Ryan was employed as a teacher in the Pittsfield Public Schools where she taught at the former South Junior High School (now Herberg Middle School) and at Pittsfield High School. She retired in 2003 with 36 years service. She had been a communicant of St. Mary Church. She had a love for cats. She enjoyed reading and watching television, and was an avid Red Sox fan. Miss Ryan is survived by two sisters, Patricia A. Maluda and her husband, James, of Pittsfield, and by Joanne B. Norton of Boca Raton, Fla.; three nieces, Denise A. Lynch of Pittsfield, Kimberly Norton of the state of Florida, and Missy Harrington of New York City; three nephews, John Ryan, Robert Ryan, and Thomas Ryan, all of the state of Florida; and a cousin, Carolyn Brophy of Pittsfield. She was pre-deceased by a brother, John ""Jack"" Ryan. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service for Martha E. Ryan will be held Friday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m., at Fairview Cemetery (Curtis Avenue, Dalton) with the Reverand Msgr. Michael A. Shershanovich, Pastor of St. Joseph Church, officiating. At Martha's request, there are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield..
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2014
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