Grace Ryan, 87Grace Elizabeth Ryan, 87, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, May 23, at her home at Potter Ridge.
Grace Elizabeth Ryan, 87, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, May 23, at her home at Potter Ridge.
She was born on Aug. 24, 1924, in Red Wing, to George and Ellen (Anderson) Hawke. She graduated in 1942 from Red Wing Central High School. For a number of years she worked at J.C. Penney as a cashier and bookkeeper. Later she moved to Florida, where she worked as a stewardess on a private yacht. On April 26, 1949, she married Tom Ryan of Belle Creek in Melbourne, Fla. They owned and operated Red Wing Distributing for 27 years. For 20 years they wintered in Mesa, Ariz. Tom died on May 16, 2006.
Grace was a member of the Church of St. Joseph and volunteered for the Fairview Red Wing Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, cardinals, and flower gardening.
Survivors include her six children, Randal (Debra) of Hager City, Susan (Robert Wilson) of Red Wing, Debra (Bob Osgood) Jeske of Red Wing, JoAn (Jon) Bittner of Crookston, Robert (Carol) of Red Wing, and Timothy (Kirsten) of St. Louis Park; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marguerite Bang.
She was preceded in death by her husband; four sisters, Millie Juhlin, Dorothy Gage, Ruby Bartsch, and Phyllis Mix; one brother, George Hawke; son-in-law Ken Jeske Jr. on Dec. 19, 2009; great-granddaughter Ashley Bitner; and her cat, Elsa.
Mass of Resurrection will be 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Church of St. Joseph, with Father Thomas M. Kommers officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 3:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Church of St. Joseph, Fairview Red Wing Hospice, or Potter Ridge.
Online condolences may be sent to www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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