Ryan, Theresa Chi­effi

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Theresa Chi­effi Ryan born on Septem­ber 1, 1928 in New York City, Theresa died in her home on Oc­to­ber 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Ari­zona. Theresa was the only child of Ethel Mae and Ni­cholas Gae­tano Chi­effi, an Ital­ian im­mi­grant from Chi­etti, Italy. She at­tended the City Col­lege of New York where she grad­u­ated in 1950 with a de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. It was at CCNY that Theresa met Al­fred Ryan, a hand­some Ma­rine just home from the war in the Pa­cific. Two chil­dren were born to them in Man­hat­tan be­fore Al­fred’s job with Sperry Gy­ro­scope saw them trans­ferred to the far away desert of Phoenix, Ari­zona. In Phoenix three more chil­dren ar­rived to bring the com­plete num­ber to five. As the Mother of five young chil­dren and a hus­band who fre­quently trav­elled back and forth to the east coast, Theresa’s life was a whirl­wind of ac­tiv­ity. She was a gourmet cook and would of­ten tell her fam­ily that one ate with his eye. The beau­ti­ful pre­sen­ta­tion of her dishes re­flected that phi­los­o­phy. She was very cre­ative, sewing, do­ing needle­point and cro­chet­ing. Her ta­ble at ev­ery hol­i­day was beau­ti­fully set and no de­tail was too small to be at­tended to. Her deep seated be­lief in tak­ing care of her neigh­bor as well as her fam­ily saw her spend­ing count­less hours in church min­istry, So­dal­ity, Cub Scouts, Camp Fire girls and sim­ple vol­un­teer work for all those who crossed her path. Theresa was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents and Al­fred. She is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Sharon (Martin), Kevin, Lori, Cara and Moira (Ken) and her 3 grand­chil­dren, Mar­lee, Do­minic and Ken­neth. Her sis­ters and broth­ers in law, as well as her nieces, neph­ews and many friends will join her fam­ily in cher­ish­ing her mem­ory. A funeral mass in her honor will be cel­e­brated on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 2017, at 10 am, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. In­ter­ment will be with her beloved Al­fred at Fort Rose­crans Na­tional Ceme­tery in San Diego, CA at a fu­ture date. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to St. Theresa’s Pas­toral Care Min­istry and blood do­na­tions in your com­mu­nity will also honor her mem­ory.

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