Madeline Ryan Ward, 95, of 726 Bingham Road

Madeline Ryan Ward, 95, of 726 Bingham Road, passed away Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at The Pavilion at BRMC surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 29, 1915, in Mt. Alton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph P. and Henrietta (Miller) Ryan.

On April 19, 1945, she married Burley N. Ward, who passed away July 5, 1969.

Mrs. Ward attended grade school in Bingham and graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1933. She then graduated from The Bradford Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1937.

Mrs. Ward’s lengthy career in the nursing profession included employment as a private duty nurse as well as employment at St. Francis Hospital, and The Bradford Hospital.  In June of 1977, she retired from The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

She was a devout member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church and a former member of St. Joseph’s Church in Mt. Alton.

Mrs. Ward found strength in her family values of faith, tradition and knowledge. She will be remembered for her generosity of spirit and her humility.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane (the late Robert F.) Hartle of Lewis Run, a son, Richard R. (Roberta Norton) Ward of Youngsville, four grandchildren, Jennifer Ward Burke and Katherine (Craig) Ward Lindquist, both of Youngsville, Patrick (Shelley Sanden) Ward of Fredericksburg, VA and Christopher Hartle of Lewis Run, four great grandchildren, Nicholas Ward, Benjamin Lindquist, Brennah Ward, Baby Girl Lindquist, an especially close nephew, John W. (Rebecca) Ryan of Bingham, two close sisters in law, Mary Ryan of Bradford and Dorscella Ryan Mossing of Swanton, OH and 13 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Edna Gates, Irene Gates and Martha Ryan, seven brothers, Joseph Ryan, Francis J. ‘Chub’ Ryan, John Ryan, William Ryan, Lawrence T. ‘Snide’ Ryan, Robert ‘Nip’ Ryan and Edward Ryan.

There will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 29, 2011 in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church with Father Samuel B. Slocum, Pastor as Celebrant. Committal services and burial will follow McKean Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County VNA and Hospice, CARE for Children or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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