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Catherine Nancy Ryder
  • Albany Ambulance Association
    Albany, IL
  • Albany Park Board
    Albany, IL

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“Was back for visitation and funeral, and I think both Nancy and Tim were smiling up in heaven. Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate Aunt Nancy's...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Matt Higgins - Lebanon, OH

“So very sorry to learn of Nancy's passing. I have so many special memories of times together with our parents and then with our own families. Nancy...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Janell Higgins Beebe - El Mirage, AZ

“Please accept our deepest sympathies. ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: Lee A. Wiebenga - Freeport, IL

“Mrs. Ryder was my pre-school teacher and my son Jacob's pre-school teacher. My thoughts and prayers are w/her family and friends. She will be missed. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Melissa Houzenga - fulton, IL

“I was a lucky member of the year Mrs. Ryder taught Kindergarten. Having had her for both preschool and Kindergarten was a foundation for my love of...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Heather (Buhlig) Stewart - Elburn, IL

“Nancy was a great lady. I remember visiting on weekends from ISU with Beth, and Nancy made me feel right at home. So sorry for your loss. You all are...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Kelly Celania - Hamilton, IL

“Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories bring you comfort and peace. Love and hugs to you all. ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Dan & Kim Bennett

“I grew up next door to the Ryders and have very fond memories of all. Nancy and my mother were very good friends and participated in numerous...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin Clemens

“So sorry to hear of Mom's passing. Our sympathy to all her family. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Pat Anglese - Albany, IL

“I saw the name Catherine Ryder and didn't think I knew her, but the second I saw her picture, I said to myself, "Oh, that's Nancy from Mercy...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Kaywyn Beswick - Morrison, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Nancy was a great and loving pre-school teacher for my kids and I sure appreciated her kindness...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Rita Kaufman and family - Erie, IL

“Dear Ryder Family ~ Tim and Nancy were wonderful neighbors and a very special couple. Nancy touched so many lives and she was an inspiration to many...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Keith & Lynne Sondgeroth - Byron, IL

“We are so sorry to hear about your mom. Howie has wonderful memories of spending time in his youth at Higgins home, it was like a second family to...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Howie ad Deb Selhost - Fulton, IL

“So sorry for your loss. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Steve and Tricia Kane

“Dear Ryder Family, Wishing you peace in these difficult days ahead. Your mother was an inspiration to many. I hope you find comfort in knowing how...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Jill Bielema

“We are saddened to hear of Nancy's passing--She was a 1956 classmate at Fulton High with me--always a very good friend--and a wonderful neighbor to...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Morrie (Pat) Bronkema - Forreston, IL

“Thoughts and prayers to the family. Nancy was a wonderful person who gave so much of herself to the village of Albany and her family. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Roger and Gail Drolema

“Praying for your family during this difficult time. ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Jeff & Deb Eissens

“We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers! ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Randy & LInda Boelkins - Morrison, IL

“So very sorry to hear your sudden loss. I know she was much beloved by all of you. You will miss her. Thinking of you ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Anne Frame

“Nancy and the Ryder Family were wonderful neighbor's. I will always remember the Red School house across the street. My thoughts and prayers go out...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Dawn Wood - Albany, IL - Neighbor

“Don and Nancy were such a special couple....They were great customers of our business and Jim always made sure he could take the call, and then visit...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Jim & Diane Workman

“Nancy was such a great preschool teacher. She was a blessing to Albany and will be greatly missed. Sympathy to the family on your loss. Gordy and...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Jolene Schaver

“I met Nancy my first year of teaching. She was such a supportive parent. She was a very special lady and will be missed. All of you are in my...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Nancy Countryman - Fulton, IL


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Catherine Nancy Ryder, 76, of Albany, IL, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA.

Nancy was born March 6, 1938, in Clinton, IA the daughter of Keith John and Ellen Loretta (Dolan) Higgins. She married Donald E. "Tim" Ryder on August 6, 1960, in Fulton, IL; he preceded her in death on January 23, 2010. Nancy was educated in the Albany Grade School and graduated from Fulton High School in 1956. She then graduated from Mt. St. Clare College, Clinton, IA in 1958. She taught in the rural Clystic and Union Grove School for 5 years and then operated Hilltop Preschool in Albany, IL for 27 years. She was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Albany, IL; Albany American Legion Auxiliary, and Tri Township Heritage. She also was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Brownie Leader. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, friends, walking, baking and shopping.
Survivors include her daughter, Beth (Pat) Dickherber of Albany, IL; 4 sons, Joe (Tammy) Ryder of Geneseo, IL, Jeff (Anna) Ryder of Morrison, IL, Jon (Angie) Ryder of Albany, IL, and Jim (Lori) Ryder of Fulton, IL; 13 grandchildren, Rachel, Jacob & Jeremy Ryder, Mackenzie Ryder, Kayla & Amber Ryder, Lyndsey, Zachery & Jason Ryder, and Trevor, Timothy, Tanner & Tucker Dickherber; and 2 brothers, Wayne (Linda) Higgins of Fulton, IL and Tom (Sandy) Higgins of Thomson, IL.

She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; and 1 brother, John Higgins.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the McDonald Funeral Home, Fulton, IL. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 3, 2014, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Albany, IL, officiated by Revered Matthew Camaioni. Cremation rites will be accorded, with burial of the cremains in Lusk Memorial Cemetery, Albany, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Ambulance Association, Albany Park Board or to the Alzheimer's Association.