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Margaret A. 'Peggy Ann' Ryan

February 13, 2018

Margaret A 'Peggy" RyanMargaret A. "Peggy Ann" Ryan, 87, of Watertown died Saturday morning, February 10, 2018, at Samaritan Summit Village.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Monday, February 19, at 11AM with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery will be in the spring. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Peggy was born in Goshen on May 8, 1930, daughter of John E. and Margaret Hendricks Ryan. She attended Watertown public schools and graduated from Watertown High School in 1948. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Education from the College of Saint Rose, Albany and did graduate work at Syracuse and St. Lawrence Universities.

She taught school in Dexter, which became General Brown Central School. She transferred to Watertown High School in 1966 where she taught Business until she retired in 1989. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church, in which she was very active in church activities, and a member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood Auxiliary. Peggy was a life member of Delta Pi Epsilon. She was a member of the National Honorary Professional Graduate Society in Business Education and served on the Education Committee of the NNY Community Foundation. She was a member of AAUW, the Golden Roses, the Friends of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, the Retired Teachers Foundation, and was an honorary member of the Dexter High School Alumni Association. She also was a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society, where she served as president and on its board, and the Dexter Historical Society. In 1996, Peggy was appointed to the Civil Service Commission for the City of Watertown by Mayor T. Urling Walker, and had served as Chairperson for the Commission for many years.

She is survived by several cousins. Her sister and brother-in-law, Caroline Ryan McDonald and James McDonald, died before her.

In lieu of flowers the family wished donations in her name to either Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt St., or NNY Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#25 Arlene Ryan Gerek 2018-04-14 11:47
I am so sorry to hear this. I was just going to call her. We had not spoken in several months. She is my cousin. On the Ryan side. She was always so good to me. Her dad and my grandpa were brothers. She was a good lady.
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#24 Mary Jane Yarner 2018-02-20 16:22
It is with sadness that I learned about the passing of a dear colleague. I taught with Peg at WHS where we became friends. She shared her knowledge and friendship with so many. She will be missed here. Now, she shares her laughter and sparkling wit among the angels.
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#23 Suzanne Marilley 2018-02-18 15:27
I grieve the loss of my cousin Peggy Ann Ryan who was born, as my mother, Katherine Fay Durkan Marilley, was in 1930. The two shared sister maternal grandmothers and, thereby lived as the third generation of Sweeneys in the Gotham/Flower Ave. East neighborhood. I’m deeply saddened to lose Peggy who was still on top of her world last summer. How fortunate I feel to have shared a few hours with her, catching up and taking photos of her photos as well as the large family tree!! She loved her family and with deep loyalty kept up with as many of us as she could. What a blessing she was for us all!
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#22 Chrissy Bauder Magui 2018-02-18 07:25
I loved Ms. Ryan, she was a great teacher. My deepest sympathy to her family.
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#21 Marsha Hasseler 2018-02-18 07:05
It has always been a delight to have a visit with Peg wherever we met out and about - at a musical events, retired teachers' meals, even shopping. She was such a kind and pleasant woman with a great smile, a dear lady.
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#20 William Skye 2018-02-17 10:18
Deepest sympathy on Peggy passing. She was an excellent teacher in the business dept. at Watertown High School. Former Vice Principal at Watertown HS.
Bill Skye
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#19 Heather Rebro 2018-02-16 21:59
I had Miss. Ryan for accounting at WHS back in the day. I will never forget what a great teacher she was and her sense of humor. She was a strict teacher, but respected her ways. She was the type of teacher you never forget. One of the best!

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#18 Lewis Kibling 2018-02-16 17:22
So sorry to hear about Peg’s passing. She was a good friend and fellow teacher at WHS. My condolences to the family.
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#17 Mary Jo Flynn SSJ 2018-02-15 19:57
Peggy was a very good friend of my Mom, they both worked @ WHS. I was in one of her 1st year typing classes. Over the years we also become and whenever I returned to Watertown I would usually see her somewhere and we would catch-up on life and who may have been still teaching @WHS. Peggy always had a funny story or 2. She was a faith filled women who shared her gifts and talents freely. My you now be with your loving God and your family, now without any earthly limitations. Grateful to have known you.
Sr Mary Jo Flynn SSJ Rochester NY
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#16 Nina Poli Somers 2018-02-15 13:18
Peggy Ann was related as a cousin via my mother Elizabeth Coughlin Poli. My grandmother Louise Coughlin lost her mother at an early age and went to live with Peggy Ann's family in the Sweeney home on Gotham Street in Watertown. So, Peggy Ann;s mothe and my grandmother grew up sharing a home together. We have always enjoyed our visits with her: piles of newspaper clippings, old photos and best of all the memories of how we were all connected
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