Sister Gemma Ryan


BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Cross and Passion Sister Gemma Ryan, 85, died February 5 at Maria Regina Residence.

Born in Queens, N.Y., she was baptized Rosemary Frances Ryan.

Sister Ryan professed religious vows in 1943 and ministered as a Cross and Passion Sister for more than 64 years. She served as a teacher, administrator, parish visitor and religious educator. In the Diocese of Providence, she ministered at the former Assumption School, Providence and at St. Francis of Assisi School, Wakefield. She also served in Maryland and New York.

Sister Ryan was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated February 8 in the Chapel of Maria Regina Residence. Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, N.Y.