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E. Ruth Ryan

E. Ruth Ryan (Sundell)

Tuesday, June 22nd, 1920 - Friday, January 11th, 2019
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E. Ruth Ryan, 98, of Brick passed away peacefully on Friday, January 11, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Ryan previously worked as a secretary for Prudential of Great Britain in New York City. She proudly served her country as Sergeant in the US Marine Corps during WWII. She was a member of the Marine Corps League in Newark and the Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair.

Born in Glen Ridge, she lived in Montclair, Fairfield and Shaftesbury, England, and her family summered in Metedeconk from 1950 until Ruth and her husband moved to Brick in 1994.

Mrs. Ryan was predeceased by her husband in 2008, A United States Marine Corps WWII Combat Veteran, Corporal Robert Ryan Sr., who was also a Newark Police Officer, retiring as a Lieutenant after 36 years of service. Mrs. Ryan was also predeceased by her parents, Frank and Hilda Sundell. Surviving are her two sons, both Marine Corps Veterans, Retired Brick Township Police Captain Robert R. Ryan, Jr. and Retired New Jersey State Police Lieutenant James A. Ryan and his wife Lori; her devoted sister and companion, Frances Tenore; 3 grandchildren, Robert, Richard and Stacey; as well as a devoted niece, Janice Longo and her nephew, Peter Tenore. Ruth is also survived by her cousins, Brian, Reggie and Charles White and Jackie Mueller as well as many friends and relatives.

Throughout her life Ruth enjoyed the water views and wildlife. In Metedeconk, with her extended family. Ruth also enjoyed visits from her sons’ dogs over the years, Gunner, Maggie, Molly, Reilly and Gunny and they enjoyed her treats.

Visiting will be on Wednesday from 4-8pm at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. A prayer service will be conducted 10am on Thursday in the funeral home. Interment and military honors will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Brielle. Donations may be made in her name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
    505 Burnt Tavern Road Extension
    BRICK, NJ 08724
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 17th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, January 17th, 2019 10:00am
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
    505 Burnt Tavern Road Extension
    BRICK, NJ 08724
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Kent E. Huyck
  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    BRIELLE, NJ 08730


Donations are being accepted for: WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT INC.


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brian connelly

Posted at 06:40pm
Semper Fi Sergeant Ryan, Thank you for your service to out great country and the USMC.

Brian Connelly

Renee Janvier-Couto

Posted at 09:52am
I am truly sorry for your loss. My family sends their condolences for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman. I will always think of her fondly. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Greg Ochojski

Posted at 11:38am
My condolences for your loss. Ruth was a wonderful woman and like a grandmother to me growing up. I will always have fond memories of sitting on the back patio and talking about life. Ruth and Bob had such a great influence on my life as a child. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

Bill Kraska

Posted at 09:08pm
Sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.


Ken and Ruth Ames

Posted at 08:03pm
Ruth and I would like to offer our condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are also with you.

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