Janet M.
Greece: Thursday, March 27, 2008 at age 71. Predeceased by her father, James (Katie) Ryan; mother, Lillian Lynd Ryan; siblings, Helen Barnard, James Ryan, Patricia Ryan, Nancy Buck. She is survived by her sisters, Suzan Burk of Girard, OH & Mary Phelan of Albuquerque, NM; brother, John 'Jack' Ryan of Williamson, NY; dear friend, Christine Jerome; several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and great nephews; many friends. Janet is a graduate of Nazareth Academy 1955, St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing 1958, University of Rochester School of Nursing 1968 and retired from the Monroe County Health Department in 1993. No prior calling. Her Memorial Service will be held, Saturday 11 A.M. in the Chapel of Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. Interment held at the convenience of family. In lieu of flowers and memorial contributions, Janet would like others to perform a kind deed with her in mind.

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  1. Although I did not know Jan for a long time, I knew her well enough to recognize her gentleness and genuine interest in and concern for others. When I visited her in hospice with a couple of other friends a little more than a week ago, even though she was very weak and tired, she looked at me and asked how my trip to California was and how my daughter was feeling. Even at this point in her life, she was still concerned about someone else. This kind and unselfish gesture I will never forget.

    Jan, may God reward you for all the kindness you have shown to others during your lifetime.

  2. Another dear St. Mary’s classmate gone.I recall the fun times we had at St. Mary’s, then working together at the Red Cross–so many years ago. Janet was always sweet, kind and patient, with a great sense of humor. Rest in peace, Janet-
    Marilyn Bonadio

  3. Hello,
    I worked with Janet at Monroe County Health Department aa community health nurse, most recently in Rochester City Schools. We shared the love of nursing and caring for children. I feel she gave something of herself and those she touched were better for her care.

  4. I am sorry that I am not able to make it to Jan’s Memorial Service. I have guests coming from out of town that morning. I will always have warm memories of Jan. I knew her because we played cards together and she was a very good player with great card sense. Her presence will be missed at the euchre table. I plan to do many good deeds in her memory, just as she did when she was with us. A kind soul is never forgotten, so, Jan, we will remember you.

  5. I had the pleasure working with Janet when she was a School Nurse@ #12 school years ago. My heart felt sympathy &prayers go out to the family.

    Evelyn Plaza

  6. It’s so difficult to imagine my life without Jan in it. She taught me how to live each day like there was no tomorrow. I’m in awe of all the places we went and things we accomplished over the past 20 years. I will honor her memory by continuing on with the same energy and passion for life she showed me. Puffin and I will miss her every day for the rest of our lives. However, I also feel her presence around us. It’s comforting to know we’ll meet again someday and now she knows that too.

  7. Jan touch many children’s lives in her career. She was a valued member of the Monroe County School Health Program. it was an honor to be able to work with her for so many years.

  8. Jan was a great friend and super card player! I met her through Barb Nagel and Marlene TeeBoon several years ago. At first I thought she was very quiet and shy, but as I got to know her I found she had a great wit and sense of humor, as well as great card instincts. I was always glad to know that chance had paired us up as partners. Jan was also a great hostess, whenever we had our card day at her home, we knew we would have great food and a caring person to share it.
    I will miss Jan and will keep her and Chris in my prayers.
    Carol Mead

  9. Janet had great class, poise and dignity. She listened better than anyone I’ve ever known. She had a brilliant mind and was always doing things for others. We have been friends for over 40 years. I will miss you so very much but I do have such wonderful memories. Goodbye my friend. You will live in my heart forever.

  10. Janet Ryan was kind, gentle, thoughtful, intelligent, beautiful and, oh yes, very neat. Although she was my baby sister, I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I wished I were more like her (especially the neat part).

    My son John and I were able for a few days to visit Janet and Chris last Spring. Janet took us on a tour of the Lilac Festival and one of my lasting memories of her will be taking her picture while she was happy and smiling surrounded by the beautiful blossoms.

    While I was remembering Janet this poem by Leigh Hunt came to mind..

    Janet kissed me when we met,
    Jumping from the chair she sat in;
    Time, you thief, who love to get
    Sweets into your list, put that in:
    Say I’m weary, say I’m sad,
    Say that health and wealth have missed me,
    Say I’m growing old, but add
    Janet kissed me.

    Mary Phelan

  11. Janet was a kind and gentle person and will be missed by many.
    During the three years we lived with Janet while students at St. Mary’s we knew her as a caring and knowledgeable nurse.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Peggy Wolford Graf & Lynn Dietz Antalek

  12. Janet was a terrific school nurse. She added a lot of professional expertise. Janet was very enthusiastic about her work and a joy to have as a colleague.
    May you rest in peace, knowing she meant a lot to many people.
    Mary Beth Schlabach

  13. Janet was truly a friendly neighbor and always had great concern for others. I’ll miss her and our euchre games once a month and I will pray for those who will miss her deeply.

  14. Janet, I am Thankful I was able to take care of you during your time at Unity. Even in your last weeks you were still an excellant Nurse, sharing your knowledge with me. God Bless you, your family, and friends. May you rest in peace.

  15. Unfortunately I didn’t know Janet real well but did have the pleasure of being in her company at several social gatherings and she was always soft spoken, gentle and caring. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family, good friends and especially Chris who were with her the final days on earth. She was very lucky to have family and such good friends that stood by her!

  16. we will miss seeing you on VENETIA VIEW CIRCLE , our prayers are with you and CHRIS . your dog PUFFIN will also miss you .. CHRIS let us know if there is anything we can do .to help you with your loss . MOLLY-JOHNNY,

  17. We would always stay with my Aunt Janet when we visited Rochester. She always made room. I remember eating my first english muffins while staying with her. She lived a good life. We will miss her.

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