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Cheryl attended school in Norwood and Hartville Cheryl Jeannette Ryan, daughter of Joseph Wayne Sr. and Juanita May (McKinley) Ryan, was born Feb. 28, 1949, in Fresno, Calif., and departed this life on Feb. 14, 2007, at her sister’s residence near Hartville, following a long illness. She was 57.
Cheryl grew up in Missouri and attended school in Norwood and Hartville. She had made her home in the Ava area for several years.
She was employed as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her outspokenness and brilliant sense of humor will be remembered by all as well as the unmatched force of her will.
She enjoyed reading, nature, books and learning new things.
Cheryl was deeply devoted to her family and enjoyed ever-broadening spiritually and sought to grow closer to living in God’s image.
Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Ryan and David Ryan; a stepbrother, Lowell; and by a stepsister, Sue.
Survivors include her father, Joseph W. Ryan Sr., of Council Bluffs, Iowa, two sons, Eric Bowman and his wife, Stacy, of Butler, Penn., and Lance Bowman, of Ava; one daughter, Anna May Moreland, of Ava; eight brothers, Joe Ryan, Stover, Jim Ryan, Mansfield, Pat Ryan, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kevin Ryan, Dan Ryan and Tim Ryan, all of the state of Iowa, Bill Kelley, of Theodosia, and Rick Kelley, of Mansfield; two sisters, Marilyn Flake, Hartville, and Mary Jo Weihs, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; six grandchildren, Trevor Bowman, Simon Bowman, Dylan Bowman, Anthony Bowman, Celeste Moreland and Dominic Bell; three stepbrothers, Jesse, Carl, and Noel Dean; two stepsisters, Shirley and Kay; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Cheryl Ryan were held Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., in the St. Francis Anglican Church, Ava, with Fr. Glenn Hartley officiating. Burial was in the Thomas Cemetery, Norwood, under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.