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“Rich & family -- what a wonderful life you have had with Marty. She will be missed here on earth, but God has a new angel. ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Norma Ploughe - Fort Wayne, IN

“I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this time. ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Burns - Fort Wayne, IN

“Thinking of your family today and wishing you peace and comfort as your remember your mother. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Mary lou Nill Flaig - Fort Wayne, IN

“Thoughts and prayers are with all of the Ryans as you say goodbye to your wife, mom, grandmother and friend. Many fond memories growing up. Anne...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Anne Coffee - Wilmington, NC

“So sorry to heat about Thinking of your family today and wishing you peace and comfort as your remember your wonderful mother. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Lou Nill Flaig - Ft Wayne, IN

“My deepest sympathy for your loss, Rich. And I want to be remembered to JR. We had some fun times with Marty. Mary Houser ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathy to the Ryan family. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Lois Busch - Fort Wayne, IN

“Rich and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Marty touched so many people. I will always remember the wonderful times that we spent together. You are...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“With deepest sympathy we mourn the loss of a beautiful lady who raised a wonderful family and shared her love with all who knew her. May she rest in...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Tom and Joan Carstens - AZ

“SO sad to hear of your Mom's passing. Our condolences and prayers are with you.God bless. Dr and Mrs Wilson and Family ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: ANN MARIE WILSON - Fort WAyne, IN

“You are all in my thoughts. I send you strength and prayers. "Mrs. Ryan" was a constantly involved parent with whom I have many memories. Rejoice...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Bernadette Wilson - Greenfield, IN

“Mr. Ryan, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I only had the pleasure to get to know Marty in the last 4-5 years but always enjoyed taking...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Bill Hess - Friend

“My deepest sympathies to the Ryan family on their great loss. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Thomas Murphy - Indianapolis, IN

“Rich Ryan and Family:Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Martha Berghoff Ryan.Sincerely,Mr. and Mrs. William C. Phillips ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: WILLIAM C. AND DONNA J. PHILLIPS - IN

“Dear Ryan family, sorry to hear about the loss of your dear mother. My deepest sympathy & prayers are with each of you and Aunt Marty during these...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Berghoff - Las Vegas, NV

“You are in our hearts and prayers ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Sabine W. Berghoff

“No question - one of the finest people we have ever had the honor of knowing. Our condolences to the entire family. So many good memories. Molly...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Molly and Ted NIEZER - GRANGER, IN

“Dear Rich and all your family, My sincere sympathy to you on your loss of your beleoved, Marty. The words of the obituary say so beautifully how...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Fr. John H. Delaney - South Bend, IN


Martha Berghoff Ryan 78 passed away at home surrounded by her loving family. Marty was born in Fort Wayne on November 7, 1938. Marty was the daughter of the late Norbert G. and Betty Noll Berghoff. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in South Bend, IN and attended Barat College in Lake Forest, IL. Marty had an unwavering faith in God and devout love for her family and friends. She created a beautiful home that was often the place where all were welcome for joyful gatherings. Marty was a steadfast partner to her husband of 55+ years, Rich Ryan. Sharing the role of Grandparent to 17 grandchildren was one of her greatest joys. When not in the bleachers watching grandkids play or perform, she was often on the links with Rich. She even managed to card her 2nd hole-in-one at the age of 75 to nearly rival her husband's hole-in-one record. Marty was a compassionate leader and community volunteer. A lifetime member of the Junior League, she volunteered countless hours at the Bargain Box, knitted blankets for the Women's Care Centers and The Christ Child Society and teaching children with hearing difficulties. Marty believed strongly in the power of education and created a scholarship fund to help make college more affordable for students and their families. Marty gracefully managed the last difficult phase of her life with courage, humor and grace. She will be missed and remembered daily. Her beautiful legacy will be a reminder to be loving, generous of spirit and to treat others with compassion and respect. Marty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Survived by her husband Rich of 55 plus years, five daughters, one son, and seventeen grandchildren: Marilyn (Mike), Ally and Austin Stonebraker/Stanford; Kathleen (Bob), Lauren, Mitchell and Grant Purlee; Patty (Jim), Dylan, Mackenzie, Brett and Jack Taylor; Laura Ann Ryan; Colleen (Tim), Sarah, Erin and Luke Carstens; John (Carol) Megan, Patrick, Emily, Logan and Corey Ryan. Marty was also preceded in death by her sister June E. Miller, brother William G. Berghoff, sister-in-law Betty Ann Lawler, granddaughter Abigail Ryan, and son-in-law Dan Stonebraker. We especially want to thank Visiting Nurse and all of the members of Susan's Home Sweet Home Hospice care team for their loving care of Marty during her very difficult times. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 am, Monday, January 9, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, with calling 1 hour prior. Calling also from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm with a Rosary service at 6:00 pm at D.O. McComb & Sons, Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814. Burial at the Catholic Cemetery of Fort Wayne. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814; and Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com