Marcia Ryan Hamren, 80: journalist, compassionate volunteer

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FALMOUTH — Marcia Ryan Hamren, 80, died with her family by her side on Sept. 14 at Falmouth by the Sea.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 4th, 1932 to Maurice and Zoe Ryan, she grew up with her sister Susan in Ft. Thomas, Ky. 

She attended Saint Thomas School. Upon graduating with her class of 14, she then went on to attend the University of Michigan and graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism. She met her lifelong partner, Fred, while at Michigan and they recently celebrated 58 years of marriage.

After marrying and joining her husband in Biloxi, Miss., for his Air Force duty they returned to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he would finish his degree in engineering. They lived in Pittsburgh for his first job, then transferred to Anaheim, Calif., for seven years. She loved living in California, but upon returning to Pennsylvania she settled in to live and love Sewickley, were she resided until her last two years in Maine. 

She began her career as a photo journalist for the Yipsilanti Press in Michigan and a copy writer for the Catholic Messenger. An avid volunteer, she was president of A.A.U.W. and P.E.O. and ran the volunteer coordinator position at the Sewickley Library for years. 

A Catholic, she was often at Mass or calling for prayers for fellow parishioners. She was endeared by all who met her and had an enormous heart of gold. Her generous spirit, beautiful eyes, wisdom and loyalty will be missed by all.

Hamren is survived by her sister, Susan; her husband, Fred; her son, Christopher Jude; her daughter, Leslie and son-in-law, George; her granddaughter, Ellie; and her step-granddaughter, Megan.

A funeral was held Sept. 22 at St. James Catholic Church in Sewickley, Pa. Burial followed in St. James Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations may be made in her name to either St. Jude Retreats, 9 Market St., Amsterdam, NY 12010; The Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State St., Baden, PA 15005; or The Sewickley Public Library, 500 Thorn St., Sewickley, PA 15143.

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