Online Obituary for Julia M. Ryan

Name: Julia M. Ryan
Date of Birth: Aug 27, 1917
Date Deceased: Jan 09, 2015
Hometown: Dansville
State NY
Age: 97 Years
Service Date: Jan 24, 2015
Service Time: 11 a.m.
Services Location: St. Mary's Church, Dansville
Place of Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, Dansville
Julia M. Ryan


JULIA M. RYAN (1917-2015)

DANSVILLE-Julia M. Ryan, a lifelong resident of Dansville, died of natural causes at the age of 97 on Friday, January 9, 2015. She was living at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris.

As a child Julia learned to swim at the Bernard McFadden Hotel and Spa near her home in Dansville. She became an expert swimmer. A graduate of Dansville High School, she attended the Geneseo Normal School and received her permanent teaching certificate as a graduate of SUNY Geneseo in 1943. Julia served a long career as an elementary school teacher, starting in a rural school in Lima, N.Y. in 1938; the Lima Central School District from 1940-1945 and the Wayland-Cohocton Central School District where she taught six grade for over 30 years from 1945-1976. She received several honors throughout her teaching career and the gratitude of generations of students for her dedication in guiding them through the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Julia had an avid interest in Dansville’s local history and was particularly knowledgeable about McFadden’s Hotel and its predecessor founded by Dr. James C. Jackson, as well as Jackson’s home called “Brightside.” She was a communicant of St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s Church in Dansville. In her retirement she enjoyed finding and refinishing fine antiques.

In addition to her parents, Pat and Mae Ryan, Julia was predeceased by her brother, Charles, who died in combat during WW II, and by her aunt, Nell Ryan, with whom she shared her home. Her survivors include many cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends. They remember her warmth and spirit and her sweet and gentle soul.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 40 Elizabeth St., Dansville on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. Committal prayers and Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Dansville.

Julia loved animals and cared for many pets in her lifetime. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, N.Y. 14843.

Funeral arrangements are courtesy of the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, N.Y. 14843, (607) 324-2700.

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