Zeta E. Ryan, 98, Centralia, MO formerly of Foristell. MO passed away Monday, January 16, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born March 25, 1924, in St. Louis, MO the daughter of the late Elmer L. and Dolly (Dotson) Conner. On July 13, 1946, she was united in marriage to Eugene Kenneth Ryan, who preceded her in death on April 17, 2009.
She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by two daughters Shirley Wilmoth and her fiancé George Anderson of Cooper Landing, AK and Carol Rhodes DVM and her husband Bruce Rhodes DVM of Troy, MO; three sons Kenneth Ryan and his fiancé Marilyn Beissenherz of Fulton, MO, Gary Ryan and his wife Anita of Fulton, MO and Dennis Ryan and his wife Vickie of Centralia, MO; ten grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends.
Zeta first worked at Universal Match Company in St. Louis, MO and later owned and operated the family farm with her husband for many years. She was a previous member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wentzville, MO, a current member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Centralia, MO, a 70-year member of the Wentzville American Legion Post 323 Auxiliary, Missouri Cowbelles, St. Charles County Pork Producers, St. Charles County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Missouri Farm Bureau. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, canning, fishing, gathering with friends and family to play pinochle and go to dances, and lots of volunteer work.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 am Monday, January 23, 2023, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wentzville, MO. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in St, Charles, MO. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the Oliver Funeral Home in Centralia, MO with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 pm. A second visitation will be from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at the Pitman Funeral Home in Wentzville, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the MO Cattlemen’s Foundation Eugene & Zeta Ryan Scholarship Fund, or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, c/o Oliver Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Centralia, MO 65240. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.oliverfuneralhome.net