Carole June Ryan, 85, of Glendale, Arizona, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died on July 3, 2019 at Kristal Bell Assisted Living in Glendale, Arizona. Carole was born March 21, 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Milvoy and Julia (Kuda) Unzeitig. She was a 1952 graduate of Wilson High School. Carole was united in marriage to Vincent M. Ryan on August 23, 1952 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. They were married sixty-three years, upon Vincent’s death in 2016. Carole was an active member of St. Ludmila Church. She was a homemaker, and had previously worked with Equitable Insurance, Trinity United Methodist Church, Accurate Bookkeeping, and the Cedar Rapids School System. Carole greatly enjoyed family gatherings, attending kids’ activities and was a Den Mother. She also enjoyed traveling. She was talented at crocheting; she made afghans for her children and grandchildren, along with many dish cloths. Carole was proud of her Czech heritage. She also enjoyed watching “oldies” on TV, especially Lawrence Welk. Carole is survived by her children: Marjorie (Jerry) Lokenvitz, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; John (Sharon) Ryan, Versailles, Kentucky; Julie (Dwayne) Hensch, Cedar Rapids; Mary (Rick) Baker, Glendale, Arizona; Diane (Terry) Bagley, Cedar Rapids; and Joseph (Christina) Ryan, Clinton; twelve grandchildren: Jennifer Lokenvitz Schwitzer, Diana Lokenvitz, Cliffton Bagley, Benjamin Bagley, Jackie Ryan-Shepard, Matthew Hensch, Reid Baker, Sarai Baker, Julianna Holmes, Nicholas Hensch, Kelsey Ryan, and Brody Ryan; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vincent; brother, Howard Unzeitig; and sister, Marilynn Gaskill. Mass of the Resurrection will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at St. Ludmila Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The family will greet friends from 8:30 a.m. until mass time, prior to service at the church. The family will also greet friends at a reception immediately following the mass at the St. Ludmila Parish Center. Graveside services will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at Calvary Cemetery, Stuart, Iowa. Memorials in Carole’s name may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona and Murdoch Linwood Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids, Iowa are both compassionately serving the family.
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