Claudette M. Ryan, 77, Middletown


Claudette M Ryan, 77, of Middletown, went joyfully into the arms of Our Lord at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Fall River on November 22, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Edmour Cormier and Marie (Pelletier) Cormier. She was married for 51 years to the late Richard J. Ryan.

Claudette was a loving “stay at home” Mom to four children. As her children grew older, she worked briefly for Richard Long, architect, and Dr. Brian Cornell, podiatrist as an office assistant. She also worked as a fellow barber in Dick Ryan’s Barber Shop.

Claudette attended Mount St. Marys’ Catholic school in Fall River where she learned to play the piano and entertained us well for many years. She was a communicant and Extra Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion at St. Lucy’s Catholic Faith Community. She and her husband enjoyed years of ballroom and square dancing, and bowling. The family took numerous time share vacations in North Conway, NH, and on the Cape. She bids a joyful farewell to her wonderful friends Mary Settle and Ed Meyer, as well as all her friends in the “Knitting Group” and the Senior Center Choir of Middletown.

She is survived by her three daughters and one son, Kathleen Ryan of Middletown,  Linda Ekstrom and her husband Robert and their children, Brittany, Robert, Taylor and Nicholas of Tiverton,  Susan Stepalavich and  her husband Martin of Danielson, Conn.,and their children, Ryan and his wife Alexandra and their baby Mary Elizabeth of Plainfield, Conn., and Marty and Jack Stepalavich of Danielson,  Conn., and Kevin Ryan and his wife Cynthia and their children, Katheryne, Elizabeth and Noah of Westerly. She is also survived by her brother, Roger Cormier of Fall River.

She was the sister of the late Rita Cantin and the late Claire Ruest.

Calling hours will be  Friday, May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, RI. Her funeral will be Saturday, May 18, at 8 .m., from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9 in St. Lucy's Church, 909 East Main Road, Middletown. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery; 465 Brown's Lane Middletown, RI 02842.

Memorial donations may be made to Lucy’s Hearth, 913 West Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842.

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