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July 20, 1943 ~ June 26, 2022 (age 78)

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1943 – 2022 WESTFIELD – Rosemary Ryan, 78, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at her home in Westfield, MA.

Rosemary was born in Springfield, MA in 1943, to the late Albert E. Ryan and Katherine F. (Kane) Ryan.

Rosemary graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA Class of 1961. She attended Westfield State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Rosemary’s greatest joy was taking care of her twin grandchildren when they were younger, and she remained exceptionally close with them as they grew up.

Rosemary was an excellent baker; family and friends always looked forward to her desserts at special occasions and on holidays. Her apple pie was the best around.

In her spare time, Rosemary was an avid reader and Hallmark movie afficionado. She enjoyed lunch dates with her many college friends whom she stayed in close contact with through the years.

Other than her parents, Rosemary is predeceased by her daughter Karen Ann Alfano.

Survivors include her daughter Katherine Gawron of Southwick, MA, her son Ernest Alfano of Boston, MA, her brother Francis Ryan and his wife Cheryl of CT, her grandchildren Daniel Gawron and Rebecca Gawron of Southwick, MA, along with many other family members and lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 or online by visiting

Family and friends will gather for a period of visitation on Thursday, July 7, 2022, from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM at Avalon Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services, LLC 691 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077 followed by a prayer service at 5:30 PM. To express condolences to the family or to share photos or memories, visit Rosemary’s memorial page at

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Family & Friend Visitation
July 7, 2022

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Avalon Life Celebration Center and Cremation Services
691 College Hwy. PO Box 930
Southwick, MA 01077

Prayer Service
July 7, 2022

5:30 PM
Avalon Life Celebration Center and Cremation Services
691 College Hwy. PO Box 930
Southwick, MA 01077


American Diabetes Association
P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield VA 22116-7023

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