Jean Marcella Ryan (nee Fleming)

July 18, 1940 to June 28, 2022


On the morning of June 28, 2022, our family lost its guiding light. Our loving, fiercely independent, and passionate mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital.  Jean Marcella Ryan (nee Fleming) from Allan’s Island, Lamaline, Newfoundland, lived a life full of passion, enthusiasm, and love.


A graduate of Saint Clare’s School of Nursing, many of Jean’s fellow Nursing students remained her lifelong friends and true supporters of one another. While at St. Clare’s, Jean met and married her patient Ron Ryan, the love of her life.


Jean’s Nursing career was one of the many true joys of her life. She explored all avenues of the field: working with children, traveling to remote areas of Newfoundland, and providing coastal nursing to many families.


Jean left Newfoundland and ventured into Labrador with Ron and her three children: Andrea, Rhonda, and Geoff.  While in Labrador, she continued her Nursing career working with an industrial mining company, within the public school system, trained in charting systems in Regina which she implemented in Labrador City’s Emergency Department.  Upon her return to St. John’s she worked at St. Pats and St. Luke’s.


Jean’s favourite place was at the cabin in New Bridge, where she and Ron enjoyed many summers with her grandchildren and friends. In her later life, Jean found great joy in gardening, reading, and her family.  She will be deeply missed, never forgotten.


Predeceased by her husband, Ron Ryan and her siblings; Jim Fleming, Kay  Herder, Tom Fleming, and Louise Marshall. Leaving to celebrate her life are her children Andrea Rhinelander (Ray), Rhonda Gullage (Keith), and Geoff Ryan; her grandchildren Jessica Rhinelander (Sean Feeney), Lauren Gullage (Sarah Kirby), Aaron Rhinelander (Erika Tobin), Ryan Gullage (Ashley Thomas), and Ian Gullage (Katie Baker); her great-grandchildren Amelia Gullage and Hayley Jean Gullage; siblings Mary Bourgeois (Mark) and Cyril Fleming; and in-laws Steve Herder, Joan Fleming, and Warrick Marshall.


The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Thursday, June 30 from 2-4 p.m.  The funeral service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m.  The graveside committal will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m.



2-4 p.m. on June 30, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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10:00am, Friday July 1st

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Geoff, Rhonda, and Andrea,
I was so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Memories of spending time with your family are filled with the sound of her laughing and her welcoming spirit. She is definitely part of many happy childhood memories for me.
Your mom made the time to check on me when I was in the hospital as a kid. I never forgot that she did that and it meant a lot to me. I will be thinking about you and your families. I hope that knowing that so many people have wonderful memories of her brings you comfort.

Our condolences to you, Geoff, Andrea and Rhonda and your families.
I have such fond memories of visiting the Ryan home in Lab City, and the cabin in NL and the very warm welcome by Mrs and Mr. Ryan. Your mom’s sense of humour and intelligence were always appreciated and admired..
We are thinking of you all and hoping that happy, loving memories will make this sad time, a little easier.
Jean- Claude, Jackie & Lauren.

Hi Geoff

Our condolences to the loss of your mom. We will include her in our prayers.

Be strong!

My sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of your mother. My parents were friends of your mom & dad and spoke of them often. Our thoughts are with you.

My condolences to the family. Jean and I were friends for sometime and she and I and Roberta hung out together in St. John’s. Stella Benteau (Vancouver)

My condolences to the family on the loss of your Mom and G’Mother, while I did not know your Mom well I knew and was a friend of your Father ,Ron. Rest in Peace and deepest sorrow.

To Andrea, and the rest of your family ~
My most sincere sympathy to you at this sad time. I have followed your mother’s last journey with heart-felt compassion for you all. Even without having the chance to meet her, it was clear this was a woman who was well loved and treasured by her family. Your loving care through her last illness must surely have given her genuine comfort and moments of real happiness even while knowing her time on earth was drawing to a close. May you now find some solace in knowing you did all that your could for her while she was with you. Peace.

Sorry to read this. We knew your mom and dad as we live just up the road from their cabin in NewBridge. Our deepest sympathy.

I have great memories of working with Jean at St. Pat’s many years ago. She was a fantastic nurse and a great co-worker. It was a pleasure to work with her.
My deepest condolences to you all.

Geoff, Andrea, and Rhonda, It is with deep sadness to hear of your mothers passing. I always enjoyed spending time and chatting with Aunt Jean on the too few occasions that brought us together. Those memories will always be treasured. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

My deepest condolences to all the family. I have some very fond memories of Mrs Ryan especially growing up in Labrador City. I wish I was there to express my condolences to you all.
Take Care, Love
John Mandville

Andrea and family, we are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Len and Maxine Winsor

Andrea and family.
Our sympathies go out to you as you say goodbye to such a pillar of love and strength in your family. We are sending you good thoughts that you will move through this time in the joy of the memories that people share with you. She was well loved

So sorry for your loss, I know Jean will be missed by many. We were good friends for a lot of years and I have many great memories that I will treasure.
Myna and Des Mulrooney and family

To Andrea
We did not know your mom, but we know that losing a loved one is a very sad time. Marie and I wish to extend our most sincere condolences to you and your family.

My deepest sympathies to Andrea, Rhonda, Geoff, and your families. I have wonderful memories of Aunt Jean. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Deepest sympathy Jean’s family and friends. I graduated from St. .Clare’s two years after Jean . She was an amazing nurse and a pleasure to work with. The last time I spoke with her at a retirement party for the head nurse we worked with at St. Clare’s.. May she RIP.

It has been many years – but I have fond memories your lovely mom – and of the whole Ryan family❤Of course Jean was a cherished friend of my mom for many many many years.

I am so sorry for your loss – sending you all love . Hope to cross paths again sometime.
Bonnie Sue McFarland (Mandville)

So sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. . May her gentle soul rest in peace. sincerely, y, Marie Furey Power. .

sincerest condolences to jeans family.
she was a beautiful person and a wonderful nurse i worked with her at St clares and in later years at St pats
may she rest in peace

Hello Jeff, Andrea, Rhonda; Markita just told me about Jeans passing . My sincere condolences and prayers. Uncle Cyril

Thoughts and prayers are with Jeans family .Her
Sister Kay also trained at St Clares and was my best friend
I know the beautiful memories you made with Your mom
Will help yo get through this difficult time in your lives
God bless

So sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. My family and I knew her when the Ryan’s lived a few doors up from us on Craigmillar Avenue. Years later we reconnected in Labrador City as I was a teacher in a school under her care. She was always pleasant, friendly and very professional.
Condolences to all who loved her,

To Jeans family, Lou and I were saddened to hear of your Moms passing . She was a Nursing classmate of mine and we shared so many wonderful times as students . We met up again many years later on your parents return to St Johns . She was fun loving and a true friend . I know you will all miss her terribly . Knowing she is at peace must comfort all of you. Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Sincerely
Ann and Lou Power , Aurora ON

To Jean’s family,
I am so sorry for your loss! I worked with Jean at St. Pat’s and she was a wonderful nurse and a beautiful person! I loved working with her! May she rest in peace!❤️🙏

May time heal the sadness that you feel with the loss of your Mother. During these tough times, know that you are in our thoughts.

Lawrence and Martha

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Andrea, Rhonda and Geoff and your families. Aunt Jean was a lovely, kind woman and I always enjoyed the time spent visiting with her. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time and may you always carry her memories in your heart. xxx