Geraldine's Story

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Geraldine Mary Ryan, 81, passed away on Feb. 26, 2017.
Daughter of Isabelle and Ernest Racette, "Gerre" was born in Clayburg, N.Y., on 16 Dec., 1935. Gerre was a graduate of Sallaz Academy in Redford, N.Y., and Plattsburgh State University.  An elementary teacher for many years,  she began her teaching career in a one room school house and taught in New York, California, and Germany for the Department of Defense. She is survived by six siblings, Robert, Elizabeth, Patricia, Donald, Ceil and Kenneth.  Gerre was the devoted mother of five children, Mary, Susan, Nina, Martin, and Meg.  She was a proud grandmother of six grandchildren, Katie, Mark, Nelson, Tessa, Roman and Declan, and has eight great-grandchildren.  Gerre was predeceased by her loving husband LTC Martin V. Ryan, whom she met and married in 1963 in Nuremberg, Germany, fraternal twin brother Gerald and brother Eugene.
Gerre was an accomplished painter, exquisite needleworker, a super cook, and an avid reader.  She was a master crossword puzzler.  She volunteered for many years at St. John's Church, where she was an active parishioner for 49 years.  Gerre was a lifetime member of the Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of America. Gerre taught at several Catholic schools and was an advocate of Catholic education. Gerre had a passion for life, a tremendous sense of humor and an infectious laugh.  She brought joy into the lives of everyone who knew her.  Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st, at Brown Funeral Home.  Members of the St. John's Altar Rossary Society are asked to meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. to pray the rosary. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 2nd, at St. John's Church in Plattsburgh. Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Plattsburgh. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Seton Academy, Plattsburgh, N.Y., in her name.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on February 27, 2017
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