Margaret M. Ryan, 93, of Cascade, formerly of Bernard, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 at her home.

Visitation for Margaret were held from 8 a.m. until time of services Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Garryowen, rural Bernard.

Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Garryowen, rural Bernard, Rev. Mark Osterhaus presided, Rev. David Ambrose concelebrating and Assisting Deacon Mark Otting. Lectors were Caitie Montoya and Bridget Menge. Eucharistic Minister were Barb Otting. Placing of the Pall was done by Carla Menge, Diane Cobb, Tom Ryan and Wayne Ryan. Giftbearers were Margrett Beare, Maggie McElmeel, Zoe Ryan and Anne Ryan. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Casketbearers were Kelly Ryan, Morgan Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Silas Cobb, Larry Wolbers and Pat McDonnell.

She was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Bernard, daughter of Neal J. and Mary Ann (Curtis) McDonnell. She received her education from St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Garryowen. On Oct. 3, 1953 she was united in marriage to Loras J. Ryan at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Garryowen. He preceded her in death Feb. 6, 1993. Margaret was a caregiver for many years and worked at the Villa for five years until her retirement in 1995.

Margaret was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed playing cards, going for walks, reading and watching sports especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Garryowen.

She is survived by four children: Carla Menge of Cedar Rapids, Diane (Ted) Cobb of New Paris, Ohio, Tom (Cheri) Ryan and Wayne Ryan both of Bernard; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Anita Parris of Dubuque.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; one son-in-law, Kenny Menge; ten siblings, Paul (Kathleen) McDonnell, Anita (Clarence) Wolbers, Estelle (Joe) Cox, Teresa (Ed) Melloy, Ambrose (Florence) McDonnell, Ray (Carlene) McDonnell, Ignatius (Carmelene) McDonnell, Helen (John) Payne, Joseph McDonnell, Mary Claire (Clarence) Driscoll; and In-laws, Donna (Melvin) Slattery, Mardell (Ronnie) Mayberry, and Bill (Joyce) Ryan.

The Ryan family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque for all the loving care and support they gave Margaret.

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