Sister Ellen Marie Ryan CSJ
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Sister Ellen Marie Ryan, CSJ

San Diego
Ellen Marie Ryan, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, was born to Georgia and William John Ryan in San Diego on July 11, 1932. She passed peacefully on December 19, 2020, at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Sister ministered as teacher and principal in elementary and high schools in San Diego, Los Angeles, Lakewood, Manhattan Beach, Canoga Park, Oxnard, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. In San Diego, she was a teacher and tutor at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, the same school she had attended from first grade through high school, graduating in the Class of 1950. She also was a grant writer for St. Vincent de Paul Villages. Sister earned her BA and MA degrees from Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles. The memory of her talent as teacher and principal, her rapport with students, her kindness and sense of humor endures. Her friendships were many and lasting, including with many of the students she taught. May she now enjoy the reward of eternal peace.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 4, 2021
Thank you for being a great teacher! But also for being such a caring friend. Happy that I talked with her in November. Such a smart lady and she was very funny as well. She certainly was one of the people in my life who left a big imprint. I will miss her. Condolences to Nancy.
Tessie Theodorelos
January 4, 2021
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January 3, 2021
Ellen Marie was one of my 1st cousins; 22 years my Senior. As a child, I remember her visiting my family and playing ping pong in the full Habit of yesteryear in our backyard. Ellen had a great sense of humor, smile, & a contagious laugh.
She always referred Tony eldest brother as “Bobby.” I always thought that was cute, as it told me that they probably played when they were small children. When I needed to write a mock Grant for a class at SDSU, Ellen spent her work day with me. I met her in her office Downtown, at At. Vincent de Paul’s. Ellen had written many Grants to acquire money for Fr. Joe. It later became Fr.Joe’s Villages.Ellen Marie patiently taught me about Grant Writing. My mother was Ellen’s aunt and Godmother. Ellen’s Dad & my mom were siblings. We shared the same grandmother! In a more recent phone call, Ellen told me medical history of our grandma that I considered vital, & was very grateful to receive. BTW: Ellen remained positive & never complained about any health challenges. Heaven is rejoicing & having quite a reunion!
Francie Rossi
January 3, 2021
Ellen was my 1st cousin; 22 years my senior. When I was about 10, Ellen Marie came over in full habit of yesteryear, and played ping pong in our backyard. She was a dear person with a sense of humor, & a contagious laugh. When I needed to write a mock grant for a class at SDSU, Ellen gave me all her time one day. I met her in her office @ St. Vincent de Paul’s Downtown. Ellen wrote several Grants for Fr. Joe & what became “Fr. Joe’s Village.” Therefore, Ellen Marie patiently taught me how to write a grant. More recently, Ellen Marie was able to tell me medical information about my maternal grandmother. That was her paternal grandmother; as my Mother was her aunt and Godmother. Heaven is rejoicing & having a COVID-Free Reunion!! Love, Francie
Francie Rossi
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