Ann (Larkin) Ryan, age 89, beloved wife of Donald N. Ryan, who predeceased her in 1988, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2019. Ann was born on October 8, 1929, in Springfield, MA, a daughter of Edward and Jesse (Spencer) Larkin. She was raised and educated in Springfield and formed many lifelong friendships at Holy Name School, Cathedral High, and Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee where she graduated with a bachelor’s in education. Ann began her career as a Kindergarten teacher in Chicopee and later as a grade schoolteacher at Holy Name School in Springfield.
Ann resided in the 16 Acres section of Springfield for over 60 wonderful years. She cherished the friendships she had with her neighbors surrounding Puritan Circle and at St. Catherine’s parish and, in her later years, a St. Michael’s Cathedral. She was active in the 16 Acres Association, the Pro-Life movement, and enjoyed her time as a Springfield public school volunteer.
Ann leaves behind her loving children, John Ryan and his wife, Paula of Longmeadow, Mary Martin and her husband, Thomas of Springfield, Edward Ryan of Springfield, Ann Neveu and her husband James of Longmeadow, Donald N. Ryan Jr. and his wife, Maureen of Springfield, Barbara Footit and her husband Paul of Wilbraham, Andrew Ryan and his wife, Collette of Longmeadow, Christopher Ryan and his wife, Jennifer of Wilbraham, and Amy Barrett and her husband John of Needham, MA; her former daughter in law, Diane Ryan of Wilbraham, and grandchildren: John (Jake), Bretta, Ryan, Spencer, Jessica, Andrew, Mary Grace, Edward, Daniel, Christine, Luke, Samuel, Benjamin, Callen, Donald, Keily, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Mara, Amy, Samuel, William, Lydia, Matthew, Anna, Andrew, Ryan, Peter, and Joseph, and her eight great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her 4 beloved siblings, Edward Larkin, Mary Mayotte, Phil Larkin, and Barbara Larkin.
Family and friends are invited to gather directly on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker Street, Springfield, MA, for Ann’s Mass of Christian Burial. Committal prayers and burial will follow directly after the mass at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 1601 State Street in Springfield. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s name may be made to Mass Citizen’s for Life or Pioneer Valley Citizen’s for Life. www.hafeyfuneralservice.com