Julia Ann Ryan
Julia Ann Ryan, 82, passed away at 7:15 p.m. June 12, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
Julia lived a full life here in Lima. She was born at home on Aug. 4, 1930, to the late Walter and Mary M. Auer Stippich, the second oldest of seven children. Nineteen years later, she married Leo “Sonny” Ryan. In the span of nine years, she and Sonny had five children.
On top of being a loving mother and wife, Julia sang in choir at St. Gerard Catholic Church and worked at Clemen’s Bakery as a cake decorator. For 40 years, Julia acted as a volunteer in the kitchen at St. Gerard’s School . In June of 2002, after 53 years of marriage, Julia lost Sonny. Julia was always an avid reader, TV-watcher, with Days of Our Lives and The Today Show being her favorites, and gardener. She loved to laugh, be with her family and lay with her dog Abby. Julia was carefree and could always be counted on to lighten the mood and bring a smile to your face. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by three sons, Pat Ryan, of Lima, Tim (Pam) Ryan, of Elida, and Mike (Judy) Ryan, of Venice Beach, Calif.; two daughters, Lin (Greg) Thompson, of Spencerville, and Kim (Dave) Cheng, of Rockford, Ill.; two sisters, Mary Bryan, of Lima, and Carol (Sam) Conte, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a brother, Paul (Edna) Stippich, of Cridersville; eight grandchildren, Jenny Poe, Job Thompson, Zack Ryan, Justin (Lindsey) Ryan, Nathan (Crystal Dietrich) Ryan, Laurie (Adam) Kney, Missy Cheng and Julianne Cheng; two great-grandchildren, Nick Poe and Caiden Ryan; and sister- and brother-in-law, Bob (Kathy) Ryan and Joeann Ryan, both of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim Stippich, Norb Stippich and Walter A. Stippich,Jr.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Father Michael Houston will officiate. Interment will be in Gethsemani Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, where a parish wake service will be held at 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gerard Catholic Church, 240 W. Robb, Lima, OH 45801.
Condolences may be expressed at chamberlainhuckeriede.com.