Sister Guillaume Ryan

Sister Guillaume Ryan, 104, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, died at Assisi Heights on Friday, April 11, 2014.   

Margaret Catherine Ryan was born Feb. 5, 1910, in Milwaukee, Wis., to William and Edna (Hagel) Ryan. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1937 from St. John Parish, Milwaukee. Sister Guillaume made first vows in 1940 and perpetual vows in 1943. In 1931, she received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, and a master of arts in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1937. 

For 36 years, Sister Guillaume taught secondary education with a focus in science and mathematics. She taught three years in Ironton, Ohio, and the remaining years were teaching at schools in southern Minnesota: Sacred Heart, Waseca (1940-1946); Holy Trinity, Rollingstone (1949-1955); Lourdes High School, Rochester (1955-1956); Loretto High School, Caledonia (1956-1959); St. Augustine/Pacelli, Austin (1959-1966); St. Mary School, Sleepy Eye (1966-1967); and Cotter High School, Winona (1967-1976).

Following her years of teaching, Sister Guillaume did clerical work in the Alumnae Office at the College of Saint Teresa (1976-1980) and served as bookkeeper in the business office at Assisi Heights (1980-1990). She retired in 1990 and continued to help in various ministries at Assisi Heights.

Sister Guillaume is survived by her Franciscan Community with whom she shared life for 76 years.    

A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Heights, Rochester. A prayer service, followed by visitation, will be at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.  

Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Development, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester, MN 55901.

Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 17, 2014