Elizabeth "Liz" Marie Ryan, age 66, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013 at home, with all her children at her side, following her battle with cancer. Elizabeth was born May 6, 1946 in Williamsport, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Blanche Burton. She was a 1964 graduate of Wellsboro High School. She grew up in Wellsboro before moving to Erie in 1971, where she met her husband, the late, Robert William Ryan. Liz was also preceded in death by her brother Richard and her sister Judith Her life was her family, and her family was her life. She is survived by her six children; Melinda (Matthew) Favata of Forty Fort, Pa., Todd (Andrew Severo) Burton of McKean, Christopher (Margaret) Burton, Timothy (Jennifer) Ryan, Stacy Ryan and Kelly (Wesley) Haist, all of Erie, ten grandchildren; Kevin (Suzanna), Joshua (Kayla), Jessica, Christopher, Jacquelyn, Zackary, Shelby, Tatum, Cheyenne and Ty, four great-grandchildren; Caleb, Olivia, Jayden and Joshua Jr., five sisters; Margaret, Diane, Audrey, Linda, Susan, three brothers; Jack, David and Gary and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be remembered by the many people whose lives she touched. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Scully, Dr. Rothman, Dr. Stachelek and all those from the Great Lakes Hospice Team, for all their help and caring support, during this time. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16504, on Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Additional calling will be held on Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 10:00 a.m., at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Please visit www.SchmidtFuneralHomeErie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 6, 2013