Helen Ladeen (“‘Ladeen”) Ryan, 90~ a long-time resident of Houston but most recently of San
Antonio, Texas passed away on March 23, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.
A graveside funeral service will be held at St .Mary’s Cemetery in Newton, Kansas on June 24,
2017 at 11:00 am with Reverend Nicholas Voelker of St. Mary’s Catholic Church officiating.
Petersen Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
Ladeen was born in Newton, Kansas to Lucille and Arthur Steinkirchner on December 10, 1926.
She attended Newton High School, graduating in 1943. She went on to earn a degree in
Journalism from the University of Kansas where she met the love of her life – Dean L. Ryan.
Following their graduation they were married in Newton at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and were
a loving couple for SO years until Dean’s death 1999. Over the years they resided in Tulsa,
Dallas and Houston raising five children. Once her children began school, Ladeen worked in
advertising, first at Sears and later at Inside Running magazine. Ladeen was a member of Prince
of Peace Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. She enjoyed old movies, card games and
playing bingo, but mostly caring for her family.
Ladeen was preceded in death by her husband Dean L. Ryan, her parents, Lucille and Arthur;
one son – James C. Ryan and a brother- Kenneth Steinkirchn.er. Ladeen is survived by son and
(spouse)- Michael Ryall (Gina) of Houston; son Thomas Ryan (Mary) of Richmond, Texas;
daughter- Mary Gibbs of Aurora, Colorado; son- John F. Ryan of San Antonio, Texas; five
grandchildren – Crystal Bacon, George Gibbs, Nicole Szarka (all of Aurora, Colorado), Matthew
Ryan of Colorado Springs. and Jennifer Ryan of Sugar Land, Texas and four great ..
grandchildren, Dustin Good, Natalie Gibbs, Dylan Gibbs and Rebekah Ryan. She is also
survived by one brother-Arthur Steinkirchner of Deerborn, Michigan.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Optum Hospice Care (and Cristina Gross) and Pearl Personal Care Home (and Lidia Jurovschi) for their very loving care in her final months.
In lieu of Flowers please direct your donations to St. Mary’s Church reconstruction fund.