Eleanor “Nancy” Ryan, 93, of Springfield, died at 8:50 pm on Monday, October 30, 2017 at her home. She was born January 6, 1924 in Springfield to Christian Joseph and Ella Cecilia Murray Brahler. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Maureen Ryan of Mendocino, CA and Martha Goodwin of Springfield; two sons, Michael (Paula) Ryan and Martin (Sue) Ryan both of Springfield; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; three sisters, Pat Benanti and Mary Jo Brahler, both of Springfield and Barbara (Larry) Ziliak of Indiana; one brother, Paul John Brahler of Murphysboro, IL.
Nancy was a member of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She was a St. John’s Hospital Samaritan for 14 years. She was owner and operator of Nancy’s Closet Women’s Apparel and was previously a buyer for Myers Brothers locally.
Memorial Mass: 10:00 am Monday, November 6, 2017 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Reverend Wayne Stock officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.
Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception
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What I have come to know and now cherish is that few people in life leave such a complete and lasting impression on you like my grandmother Nancy. She lived a remarkable life. And how dignified! She was luminary in her beliefs, strong in heart and conviction, graceful in her actions, and generous in spirit and deed. She possessed an inspired sense of refinement and style and worked nimbly to share that gift with others. She was a guiding light and pillar of support. While growing up, words of advice and encouragement were standard fare over dinner that she would prepare for us kids on nights my mom worked at St. Johns Hospital. These are some of my favorite memories of her. A heartfelt thanks for such Blessings. What a beautiful legacy she has left behind. Shining generations of family who will dearly miss her and continue to honor her in accomplishment. Godspeed you home.
We Love You Nancy. Patti & Georganne
Dear Maureen and family, I am so sorry to read of your loss. Your mom was so special! She loved volunteering at the St. John's Gift Shop! Her creative genius was a true gift. Her kindness, bright smile and loving ways will be remembered by many--I treasure the memory of many conversations with her. Though I will not be able to attend her memorial Mass on Monday, be assured of my prayers for her and each of you. She will be with you in strange and wonderful ways. Blessings to all her family.
I am so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. I worked with her as a Samaritan at the hospital for several years and enjoyed her company working and eating lunch together. What a lovely lady who spoke of her family often. Prayers being sent for her family
Betsy Ryan posted on 11/6/17
You are forever loved grandma. You legacy lives on. We were blessed to have you. <3<3<3