Sister Kathleen Ryan, 88, housekeeper and cook

January 28, 2003

Sister Kathleen Ryan, a retired housekeeper and cook, and a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, died of cancer Thursday at Assisi House, her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 88.

Born Mary Catherine Ryan and raised in County Cork, Ireland, she entered the order at Glen Riddle, Pa., in 1933 and professed her vows three years later.

In 1939, Sister Kathleen moved to Baltimore, and during the 1940s and early 1950s she worked as a housekeeper at St. Anthony's Convent in Gardenville and then Immaculate Conception Convent in Towson.

She was a housekeeper at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg from 1954 to 1984, and then a dining room assistant at what is now St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson until her retirement in 1993.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Assisi House .

She is survived by two brothers, Kevin Ryan of Long Island, N.Y., and Sean Ryan of England; and two sisters, Maureen Burke and Theresa Ryan, both of Ireland.

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