Kathryn S. Ryan
October 23, 1937 – December 22, 2020
She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Ryan. She is survived by her daughters: Maureen Rice (William), Sarah Ryan (Gary Bauer), and Mary Rosenthal (Edward); grandchildren: Stephanie Selden, Rachael Evans (Chris), Edward, James and Olivia Rosenthal; sisters, Martha Barclift and Ruth Gazzola (John); sister-in-law, Kay Needham; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Funeral Mass: Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m., St. John Catholic Church, 2500 California Plaza, Creighton Campus. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to KVNO Radio, St. John Catholic Church at Creighton University, and The Stephen Center.
Kathryn S Ryan was born in Keokuk, Iowa to John and Janie Sigmund on October 23, 1937. She graduated from Keokuk High School and continued her education at Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa where she graduated in 1960 with a degree in Education.
She taught elementary school in Iowa before meeting John J Ryan and getting married in Keokuk on September 15, 1962. They moved to Omaha shortly after their marriage and Kate worked as a teacher in the Omaha Public Schools and St Joan of Arc Catholic School. After retiring from St Joan of Arc she taught Adult Education and helped many people obtain their GEDs. She volunteered her time and energy at Stephen Center and Community Alliance. She had a special interest in mental health awareness and disorders.
Over the years she was active in her churches, first St Margaret Mary, then Holy Family, and finally St John. A special group of friends also shared a Home Mass once a month for over 50 years.
You can take the girl out of Keokuk, but you can’t take Keokuk out of the girl…Kate visited her hometown regularly and maintained a lifelong group of friends from her graduating class at KHS. heir reunions took her all over the country.
Kate had a strong faith and loved people. She enjoyed the comforts of her home and the company of family and old friends, but never hesitated to say yes to a trip or to make room for a new friend. Her compassion for others will be remembered by more people than we know. “If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If you see someone being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. One small act could mean the world to them.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, John J Ryan; parents, John and Janie Sigmund. She is survived by her 3 daughters: Maureen (Bill) Rice of Naples, FL, Sarah (Gary Bauer) Ryan of St Paul, MN, and Mary (Ed) Rosenthal of Papillion, NE, 5 grandchildren: Stephanie Selden, Rachael (Chris) Evans both of Denver, CO, Eddie Rosenthal of Newport Beach, CA, Jimmy Rosenthal and Olivia Rosenthal of Papillion, NE; sisters, Martha Barclift of Keokuk, IA, Ruth (John) Gazzola of Stony Point, NY; sister-in-law, Kay Needham of Northbrook, IL; an uncle,many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, all who were dear to her.
In case you’re wondering…if you ever sent her a card, photo or letter, she treasured it (and saved it)!