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NORMAL - Claire T. “Cookie” Ryan, 81, of 1200 E. College Ave., Normal, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio; Lombard, Ill.; and Mount Carmel, Pa., died Wednesday (Jan. 4, 2006) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Cremation will be accorded. A memorial Mass will be Jan. 12 at the Church of Our Lady in Mount Carmel, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the OSF St. Joseph Hospital Nursing Scholarship Fund, 2200 E. Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61701; or to any charity of the donor's choice.

Claire was born on Feb. 26, 1924, in Locust Gap, Pa., the daughter of Joe and Amelia Betz. She married Clarence F. Ryan Jr. on Sept. 5, 1946. They preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children, Bob (Minerva) Ryan, Fort Washington, Md.; Mike (Katy) Ryan, St. Anthony, Minn.; Mary Ryan, Arlington Heights; and Jim (Pattie) Ryan, Normal; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Jo Ryan, Feascerville, Pa.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Valeria Schneider, Dora Beierschmitt and Eileen Beierschmitt; and one brother, Charles Betz.

Claire was a graduate of the Hahnemann University Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a registered nurse for many years at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed.

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