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Eileen A. (McDonnell) Ryan

Obituary for Eileen A. (McDonnell) Ryan

August 28, 2018
New Rochelle, New York


Eileen A. (McDonnell) Ryan of New Rochelle, NY passed away on August 28, 2018. She was 79 years old.

She was born on April 6, 1939 to the late Michael McDonnell and Nora McDonnell. Eileen graduated as Class President from St. Helena's High school located in the Bronx. Shortly after her graduation, she began a career as a secretary. In 1961, Eileen married John  D. Ryan, Jr. and they eventually settled in Pelham, NY to raise their three children, Maureen, John III and Patricia. 

When Eileen returned to the workforce she did so as the Executive Secretary to the President for Tishman Realty & Construction and, after a decade, went to work at Bristol Myers Squibb as a Benefits Administrator, from which she retired.

Eileen was very proud she attended college later in life. At the age of 62, she graduated from Iona College in 2001, receiving a Bachelor of the Arts in psychology and was on the Deans List. Eileen also spent time volunteering at the New Rochelle Hospital and she was a parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. She loved to play bridge and spending time with her family and friends.

Eileen is survived by her three children, Maureen A. Ryan (RIck Siegel), John D. Ryan III, Patricia R. Greene (Robert L. Greene), and her three grandchildren, Ryan A. Greene, Connor L. Greene, John D. Ryan IV, and her siblings, Michael McDonnell, Maureen Anderson, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Kevin McDonnell and sister, Philomena Lynch. 

A celebration of Eileen's life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home, located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, NY on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. A mass of Christian Burial will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 575 Fowler Avenue, Pelham Manor, NY on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM.  Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery located in Hawthorne, NY. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations in Eileen Ryan's name to be made to NYU Langone Hospital.

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