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Jean F. Ryan

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Jean F. Ryan, 59, of Natick and Centerville, formerly of Needham, died peacefully Monday, June 7, 2010, following a valiant battle against breast cancer. Jean was the daughter of Helen and John (Bud) Ryan of Needham. Jean is survived by Mary Pat Joy and her husband, William of Wellesley; Elinor Devlin of Needham; John Ryan Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Sudbury; Thomas Ryan and his wife, Patricia, of Holden; Maureen Guerry and her husband, Pem, of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; Susan OToole and her husband, Preston, of Walpole, and Christine McCarthy and her husband, Sean, of Southborough. She was the loving aunt of 17 nieces and nephews; and one great-niece, and was the beloved niece of Mary Barrett, David Judge, Robert Judge, Elinor Ryan and Claire and Harry Nead. Jean was president of the John J. Ryan Insurance Agency in Brighton, where she worked for 40 years, and was an alumna of Regis College. She was a daily communicant and a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph Church, Needham, and St. Patrick Church, Natick. At St. Patricks, Jean was a member of the Parish Finance Council, an RCIA leader, and involved in Adoration Ministry. Jean participated in frequent pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome, and Lourdes. Jeans generosity was far reaching. She was deeply committed to the less fortunate and to the youth. The beneficiaries of her generosity include: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Pan-Mass Challenge, Cor Unum Meal Center at St. Patrick Church in Lawrence, Project Rachel, CYO, and the Rosary Sisters Orphanage in Karem, Israel. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Patricks Church, 44 East Central St., Natick. Interment was in Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. Arrangements by the McNamara Funeral Home, 460 Washington St., Brighton. Expressions of sympathy in Jeans memory may be made to St. Patrick Church, or the Pan-Mass Challenge benefitting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at www.pmc.org/profile/ cm0224, or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 North Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760.

Published in The Allston Tab from June 13 to June 20, 2010
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