Margaret S. Ryan, 81, homemaker, avid shopper

July 18, 2005

Margaret S. Ryan, a homemaker and longtime Rodgers Forge resident, died of aortic failure Friday at her home. She was 81.

Margaret Sweeney was born in Baltimore and raised on East 41st Street. She was a 1941 graduate of Towson Catholic High School and briefly worked for the Maryland State Police before marrying James P. Ryan in 1946. Mr. Ryan, a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. analyst, died in 1993.

Mrs. Ryan who had lived in her Register Avenue home for 55 years, enjoyed shopping and reading.

"She loved shopping and used to go daily to Hutzler's, Hochschild Kohn and Stewart's," said her son, James P. Ryan Jr. of Rodgers Forge.

Mrs. Ryan also enjoyed reading.

She was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, York and Overbrook roads, Rodgers Forge, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Ryan is survived by two daughters, Anndevoy Ryan of Loveland, Colo., and Joan Ryan Clements of Phoenix, Baltimore County; two brothers, John J. Sweeney of Timonium and William Sweeney of Stoneleigh; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Sweeney and Patricia Wolfe, both of Timonium; and five grandchildren.

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