John Joseph Ryan, 63, office manager, journalistJohn...

July 29, 1999

John Joseph Ryan, 63, office manager, journalist

John Joseph "Jack" Ryan, an office manager and former journalist, died Sunday of liver failure at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. The Cockeysville resident was 63.

He had managed the office of William A. Swisher, a Baltimore attorney and former city state's attorney, for the past four years. Before then, he was a reporter and editor at the News-Post and the News American for more than 20 years, at United Press International in New York and at the Pittsburgh Press.

"He was a terrific newspaperman who could bang out stories under intense pressure. He was fast and good," said William Stump, Baltimore writer and former News American editorial page editor.

Born in Worcester, Mass., and reared in Govans, Mr. Ryan was a 1955 graduate of Loyola High School and served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division from 1956 to 1959.

His marriage to the former Sherry Bowling ended in divorce. He was married to the former Jane Dippel, who died in the mid-1980s.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

He is survived by three daughters, Kelly Chesser of Stoneleigh, Erin Reilly of Dorsett, Vt., and Shawn Ryan Kelly of Hydes; a sister, Ruth Hays of Mount Washington; six grandchildren; and his companion, Sara White of Cockeysville.

Katherine R. Eliason, 103, Charles Village resident

Katherine R. Eliason, a longtime Charles Village resident who was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, died Sunday of complications of pneumonia at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 103.

Mrs. Eliason resided in the 2700 block of St. Paul St. before she moved to the Marylander Apartments in 1983 and later to Manor Care Towson.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Washington Custis Chapter for more than 50 years.

The former Katherine Ridgely was born and reared on 25th Street and was a 1914 graduate of Eastern High School. She was a clerk and nurse's assistant at the former U.S. Public Health Hospital in Wyman Park from 1947 to 1961.

In 1922, she married Henry C. Eliason, executive vice president of the Tolchester Lines, the Baltimore-Tolchester steamship company that had been established by his family in 1887. He died in 1983.

Her daughter, Mary Ridgely Kircher, died in 1996.

Services are private.

She is survived by a grandson, Richard Talbott Kircher of Rowley, Mass.

Memorial donations may be made to the restoration fund of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St., Baltimore, Md. 21218.

Sister Mary Callista, 97, parochial school teacher

Sister Mary Callista Cunningham, a former parochial school teacher known for her needlework, died of congestive heart failure Monday in the health care unit of the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Catonsville. She was 97.

Sister Callista, who retired in 1980, began her teaching career at St. Ann Convent in Washington in 1922. Locally, she taught at St. Francis Xavier, St. Monica, St. Barnabas, St. Katherine and St. Pius V parochial schools.

Born Ethel Mary Cunningham in Bunker Hill, Ill., she was a graduate of St. Frances parochial school in Normandy, Mo. She entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in 1920 and professed her vows in 1922.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7: 30 p.m. today in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Providence Convent, the motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, 701 Gun Road, Arbutus.

There are no survivors.

Sister Mary Winifred, 89, parochial schools supervisor

Sister Mary Winifred Kenney, a retired educator and supervisor of parochial schools, died in her sleep Monday at Maria Health Care Center at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of her order. She was 89.

Sister Winifred retired in 1995 after a 60-year career as a teacher, principal and educational consultant. Her local assignments included principal of St. John's parochial school in Frederick from 1962 to 1966, and community supervisor and educational consultant at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore from 1970 to 1975.

Born Katherine Doyle Kenney in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland High School and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame order in 1932.

She professed her vows in 1934 and earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master's degree from Boston College.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

She is survived by a brother, William T. Kenney of Timonium; a sister, Mildred Streckfus of Pasadena; and several nephews and nieces.

Pub Date: 7/29/99

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