Ryan, Ellen Leone age 90, of Wayzata, died Thursday, October 27, 2022, peacefully at home surrounded by loving family. Born October 4, 1932, in Corcoran, MN. Survived by 7 children, Cheryl Ann Ganci (Rick), Robert C. Jr. (MaryJo), Thomas J. (Suzanne Poisson Ryan), Suzanne Lantto (Orville), Julianne Ellen Ortman (Ray), Molly Sprinkel (Todd), and William Keran (Kimberly); 21 grandchildren, Ricky Ganci (Marissa), Rae K. Ganci Hammers (Paul Hammers), Robert C. III (Amanda), Patrick A. (Samantha), Matthew, Mackenzie Ryan Walters (Andy), Thomas J. Jr. (Rachel Stewart), Joseph W. (Jamie Hasz) Margaret Ann Ryan Nikkel (Scott), Kathleen Lantto (Liam Fitzgerald), Maxwell Lantto, Raymond Ortman (Leah), Elinor Ortman (Robert Hughes), William Ortman, Sam Ortman, Jonah Sprinkel, Luke Sprinkel, Caleb Sprinkel (Emily), Moriah Sprinkel, Benjamin, and Jonathan; 8 great-grandchildren, R.C., Broderick, Avery, Vivian, Scarlett, Finnick, Margaret Sprinkel, and Cóbh Ortman. Preceded in death by beloved husband, Robert Clair Ryan; honorary son, Marv Wachendorf; grandson, Richard Anthony Ganci; granddaughter, Genevieve Marie Lantto; parents, Ray and Genevieve Keran; sisters, Bonnie Mansk (Wayne), Muggie Weber (Willie), and Phyllis Bruner (Ken). A true Irish Catholic girl, Ellen Ryan lived life with joy, love, kindness, generosity and faithfulness. The centerpiece of Ellen's life was her 56 years of marriage to her beloved husband, R. C. "Bob" Ryan. Throughout their shared life together, Bob and Ellen raised a family, built a family business, and travelled the world. Ellen's pride and joy was always her family. As a devoted mother and grandmother, Ellen adored her children and cherished each of her grandchildren. Her passion for gardening, reading, sewing, and decorating was matched only by her mastery of Bridge. Always an entertainer, Ellen loved hosting friends and guests at home in Minnesota, in the great outdoors of Wyoming, and on the "Cinderellie" yacht in Florida. Ellen's humble upbringing as the youngest of four girls on a small farm in Minnesota instilled in her a work ethic that she possessed throughout her life. Once a mother always a mother, Ellen was caring for her family until her last breath. Ellen's was a life well lived; her family loves her very much. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 2nd "All Souls Day" at Saint Victoria Catholic Church, 8228 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN. Visitation one hour prior to Mass. Luncheon following service at the church. Interment at Saint Patrick's Cemetery for family members only in Corcoran. Memorials preferred to: Ascension Catholic School, 1726 Dupont Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411, (612) 521-3609, ascensionschoolmn.org. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577 davidleefuneralhome.com

Published on October 30, 2022


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