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MILDRED J. RYANMildred Ryan, 92 of Eola, IL, passed away peacefully at her home, Friday, February 9, 2007. Although she had hoped to be truly "Home" for Christmas, or perhaps in heaven by her birthday on January 9th, her prayers were answered in time for Valentine’s Day. . It has been nearly twelve years since her husband, Richard, passed away, but today, Valentine hearts are united once more, and loved one’s on both sides of heaven rejoice.BORN / EARLY YEARSShe was born January 9, 1915 in Riverside, IL, the daughter of Henry Peter and Ruby Christina (Crowe) Dieke. EDUCATIONMildred’s family made their home in LaGrange, IL, and Mildred graduated from Riverside High School with the class of 1932. MARRIAGE & FAMILYShe met her husband, Richard, at a dance in Brookfield. A romance began that bloomed into matrimony on February 29, 1936 at Crown Point, IN. They made their home on Emerald Street, "Back of the Yards", until 1947 when they moved to the Aurora area. By 1952 they had built the present family home in Eola where they both lived the rest of their lives. OCCUPATION / WORK HISTORY When they first moved to Eola, Mildred worked at the Rebers Factory, "…making the best butter beans in the world!". Later, she also worked at the Life Company soap factory, Aurora. In the early 1970’s, Mildred began working at the Eola post office and, a few years later, became the postmaster. It was a position she held proudly until her retirement. MEMBERSHIPSShe was a member of the Big Woods Congregational Church, Eola where she taught Sunday School for many years. She wrote poems and found many ways to make learning interesting and memorable. Well read in scripture and always growing in her faith, Mildred enjoyed sharing her faith and exploring it with others. She kept a diary for many years, recording everything from the weather and mundane things of her everyday, to accounts of family gatherings great and small. Interestingly, she wrote with a Grace that somehow never saw the bad times as bad. She simply gave thanks for each day. LIFE NOTES Mildred also loved gardening. Her gorgeous Clematis climbed the back yard wall while beautiful Peonies spilled over the walkway among rows of roses and a single patch of Rhubarb, just for flavor. Ironically, there was a "Little Johnny Jump Up" that grew bravely through a broken table. To this day, in the middle of winter, it still stands and loved one’s say, it is the very epitome of Mildred’s own spirit. Mildred loved to take family and friends on a tour of the garden. Open minded and fascinated by new knowledge, she was always learning and swapping garden secrets with friends. Coffee was the elixir of her life and even when the doctors weren’t so sure she should continue drinking it, she did – especially Caramel Truffle, and defiantly enjoyed every last drop! Always determined to do things herself, Mildred shoveled her own walks, learned the computer, and, in later years, would venture fearlessly to the basement or attic, knowing full well she was in trouble if caught by her family. SURVIVORS She is survived by four children:Daniel (Barbara) Ryan of Columbia, CA,Nancy Susemiehl of Sullivan, IL,John (Barbara) Ryan of Plano, IL andRichard (Sharon) Ryan of Naperville, IL;Eight grandchildren:Christy (Bill) Bochte of Champaign, IL,Darlene (Craig) Lambert of Montgomery, IL, Gigi (Paul) Arena of Rockford, IL, Beth (Scott) Bailey of Newport Coast, CA,Kathy (Erik) Josephson of Bakersfield, CA, Michael Ryan of San Rafael, CA, Jenny (Jim) Zarosly of Plainfield, IL andSteve Ryan of Villa Park, IL;Twelve great grandchildren:Andrew, Melissa and Kayla Bochte,Matthew, Ryan and Zachary Lambert, Erica and Jonathon Arena,Daniel and Aaron Bailey andEvan and Anna Josephson.PRECEDED She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard, One sister Lilian Henrickson, two brothers Louis and William Dieke and one son-in-law, Paul Susemiehl.VISITATION / FUNERAL Her visitation and funeral service will be held on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL, from 10am until 11:30am with funeral services to begin at 12pm.Pastor William Moxey will officiate and interment will follow at Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn.MEMORIAL A memorial has been established in Mildred’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Mildred Ryan Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information, call 1-800-8-CONLEY.
Visitation February 14th,2007 from 10am till 11:30am with Funeral Service to begin at 12:00 noon.
February 14th 2007 following the service.