Elaine H. Ryan

SPRINGFIELD – Elaine H. Ryan, age 77 of Springfield died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 7, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. The clergy will be Father Phil Schotzko. Interment will be in St. Raphael’s Catholic Cemetery in Springfield.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church in Springfield. There will be a Parish Prayer Service on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Elaine Hope Ryan was born on December 27, 1936 to Henry and Ella (Nickel) Karow in Germantown Township in rural Sanborn. She would have celebrated her 60 year reunion of the class of 1954 from Sanborn High School this July. Elaine worked as a switchboard operator in Tracy and New Ulm. On April 7, 1956, she was united in marriage to James Ryan at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield. The couple farmed in North Star Township on the Ryan family homestead that was declared a Century Farm in 1976. After her family was raised, Elaine worked at St. John Lutheran Home in the laundry, housekeeping, and activities departments. Elaine was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church where she was involved in the CCW and the bible study, she was also a member of the Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her children’s visits, watching the grandchildren play, bingo, playing cards, and cooking for the boys when they came home for the fall hunting season.

She is survived by her sons, Patrick (Therese) of New Prague, Michael of Jordan, Richard of Hixton, WI, Timothy (fianc Loree Lang) of New Prague; daughter, Tamara Klint of Maple Grove; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; husband James in 1988; daughter-in-law Jacquie; son-in-law Greg; grandson Calvin; great granddaughter Kylie; siblings, Gerald Karow, Marian Dammann, and Dennis Karow.

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