Genevieve Ryan passed away in her sleep on Thursday, December 30, 2021 in Taylorville, Ill. Genny was born near Edinburg, Ill., in July of 1923 to August “Gus” Prasun and Corrine McIntire Prasun. Her childhood was spent in a farm near Willeys Station. After graduating from Taylorville High School, she worked at the Illiopolis Ammunition Plant during WWII. Then, in 1944 she married Albert Ryan and the two of them farmed and raised a family together in the Blue Mound, Ill., area.
Genny loved everything about farm life. She worked in the field, hauled grain, gardened and raised chickens. After Albert’s death in 1989, Genny moved to Taylorville, but remained active by hauling grain for her son, Dan, for a number of years. A country girl at heart, she loved to be outside as much as possible, maintaining her lawn, planting flowers and tending to the birds until age 97.
Genny will be remembered by family and friends as fiercely independent, hardworking, creative, and easy to make laugh. She was an excellent seamstress, a good cook, a dog lover and above all else proud of her family, Donna Ryan (Ed Gehlbach), Dorrine Neal (Ron), Dan Ryan (Debbie), Denise Blakeman (Mike) and Della Peck (Dwight), 10 grandkids, and their spouses, 20 great-Grandkids and 4 great great grandkids.
Genny was preceded in death by her two brothers, Paul and Leo Prasun, and Albert’s sisters, Catherine Brunner, and Elizabeth Forbes, but she leaves behind an extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews from both the Prasun and Ryan sides of the family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Taylorville Estates for the extraordinary car that Genny received during her stay there.
Sutton Memorial Home is assisting with a private burial at Grove City Cemetery.