Rita Ryan


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Posted Online: March 31, 2013, 4:42 pm
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Rita Ryan, 86, of Geneseo, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. There will be a rosary service at 9:45 a.m. with a visitation following from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Entombment will be at St. Mary's Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Children's Therapy Center of Moline.
Rita was born on Dec. 9, 1926, in Taylor Ridge, the daughter of Clair and Winfred Caslin Curry. She married Orville Ryan on Nov., 13, 1954, at St. Joseph Church, Rock Island. He preceded her in death on July 16, 2009.
Rita was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moline. She was very involved with the Altar & Rosary Society as well as volunteering for the food pantry of the church. She worked as a lunch counter manager for SS Kressge for 12 years. From there she went on to work at Kmart as their cafeteria manager. She then worked for the Moline School System as their lunch manager.
Rita was a diehard Cubs fan. She enjoyed camping, embroidering, and crocheting. Above all, she loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her children, Steven (Cheryl) Ryan, Moline, Pat (Don) Scranton, Rock Island, Rick (Kellee) Ryan, Sherrard, and Karen (Randy) Martinson, East Moline; grandsons, Todd (Crissy) Scranton, Erik (Ryan) Ryan, Timothy Scranton, James (Nicole) Scranton, Chad Green; great-great-grandchildren, Logan Scranton, Iggy Scranton, Nathan Ryan, Colin Scranton, Emma Scranton, Claire Scranton; sister, Margaret Hannah, Rock Island; and brother, Jack Curry. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Curry, and sister, Kathleen Hannah.
Online condolences may be left for her family by visiting her obituary at esterdahl.com.












 



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