Rita Ann Ryan
Rita was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa on July 20, 1949
Rita passed away peacefully and entered eternal rest on September 12, 2022
Predeceased by parents Catherine Ellen Phillips and John Thomas Ryan, brother John Patrick Ryan, and nephew Michael Ryan.
She is survived by sister, Kathleen Mary Steinbock; nieces and nephews: Mary (Scott) Malone, Paul Steinbock, Joseph (Tracey) Steinbock, Catherine Steinbock, John (Libby) Ryan, Daniel (Suzanna) Ryan, Kathleen (Tom) McClenahan, Brigid (Jeremy) Carmen.
Rita was the youngest of three. She grew up in the small town of Emmetsburg Iowa. After High School Rita moved to Omaha NE and obtained her teaching degree from Creighton University. Rita then became a Latin teacher at Central High School.
With her love for teaching she remained with Central for 42 years.
She enjoyed travel and has taken students on many educational tours abroad. Rita truly enjoyed teaching. Rita has impacted many student’s lives for the better.
When Rita was not spending time teaching or with student activities, she enjoyed spending time with her cats and loved animals. In addition, Rita’s Irish heritage was near and dear to her heart. She was a member of the National Order of Lady Hibernians. She also enjoyed Irish dancing.
Most important to Rita was spending the with her family and friends. She will be missed very much. It brings comfort to know she is in God’s welcoming arms and likely doing the Irish Jig with her family in Heaven.
Rita was the recipient of several awards. Some are included below:
Alice Buffet Outstanding Teacher
Central Teacher of the Year
Central High School Hall of Fame – Distinguished Educator
FAMILY RECEIVES FRIENDS: SUN, September 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30 all at West Center Chapel.
MEMORIAL MASS: MON, September 19, 10:30 a.m., St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St. Omaha, NE.
Memorials are suggested to Central High School Foundation.
To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.