Mary Jane Ryan, 74 of Beaver Falls, PA passed away peacefully at The Good Samaritan Hospice Heritage Valley Beaver on July 22, 2022. She was born on December 19, 1947, to the late Joseph and Antionia Szczurko.
Mary Jane worked at the Beaver Falls High School as an English Teacher for many years until retirement. She was a champion for her students and a pillar in her community. Due to her thirst for knowledge, she became an avid reader! One of her mottos could easily had been “Read, Read, Read”! Some of Mary Jane’s many accomplishments are as noted; she was an active member of the St. Monica Perish, (AAUW) American Association for University Woman, Outlook Club, Beaver Falls Woman Society, Beaver Falls Woman Business Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Friends for Jesus, (COC) Christian Mothers Neighborhood Watch, VSP Adoration Chapel, and that’s just to name a few. In her spare time, she would paint, watch movies, go to concerts, and became a sports fan for Beaver Falls, and Steelers fan. She also, was head of the Beaver Falls High School Usher’s Club where she mentored and touched so many young ladies lives throughout the years; and the Big Beaver Falls Education Foundation. But what brought Mary Jane her most joy, was time spent with her daughters and grandson.
For those of you whose lives she touched, find comfort in the knowledge that her bright spirit, compassion, and kindness lives on in others.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the PAM unit and Good Samaritan Hospice Heritage Valley Beaver for all the love and care given to Mary Jane.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Karlin “Butch” Ryan. Son in law: Frank N. White. Brother: Joseph Zurku. Mother in law: Winifred Caracter. Sister in laws: Eileen Zurku, June Carper, and Lily Ryan. Brother in laws: Duane Ryan and Dwight Ryan.
Mary Jane is survived by her loving daughters: Nadia Ryan and Olivia Ryan. Grandson: Dmitri McDowell. Stepdaughter: Jodee Nicols. Stepsons: Brett Hall, Drew Hall and Hank Nicols. Sister in law: Judith Ryan. Devoted friends: Donna Paisley, Paulette Potter, Elise Farthing, Carol Welsh, Geraldine Selby, Jonelle McMillen, Meta Hogue, Bonnie Reyes and Beth Pomerantz. Host the Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousin and other Relatives and Friends.
A Wake will be held on Thursday, July 28th, 2022, from 2PM – 4PM and 6PM – 87PM Washington Funeral Home 1411 6th Ave Beaver Falls, PA a Mass will be held on Friday, July 29th at 10AM St. Monica Roman Catholic Parish 116 Thorndale Dr. Beaver Falls, PA.