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Jean E. Ryan, 64

ADAMS, Mass. —  Jean E. (Gelheiser) Ryan, 64, of Adams, died on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Williamstown Commons.

She was born in Adams, on March 2, 1955, a daughter of the late John and Helen (Hanlon) Gelheiser. She attended schools in Adams and graduated from Hoosac Valley High School with the class of 1974.

Jean last worked for many years at the Red Carpet Restaurant in Adams. Earlier she had worked at the Adams Pizza House and had been a home daycare provider.

Jean was the life of the party, meeting and making friends anywhere she went. Her door and front porch were always open to friends and family. In her younger years she was a member of softball and bowling leagues. She enjoyed playing Bingo and the challenges of gambling.

She is survived by her two sons; Patrick Ryan and his wife Jess of Dalton and Jason Ryan and his wife Karla of Adams; eight grandchildren, Hayden, whom she resided with and raised, and Emma, Addie, Kiara, Elijah, Austin, Alex and Connor; two brothers, James Gelheiser and his wife JoAnne of Adams and John Gelheiser and his wife Margaret of Adams; her former husband, John Ryan and many nieces, nephews and close friends.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Kelly Ryan and by her sister Judith Adamczyk.

Funeral notice: The funeral will be held on Thursday evening, April 11, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. in the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams, celebrated by Rev. Steven Montesanti, Pastor of the Parish of St. John Paul II, Adams. Burial will be private for the family at a later date.

Calling hours are Thursday from 3:00 P.M.until the time of the service in the funeral home. The family requests the omission of flowers and suggests memorial donations be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Ryan and Gelheiser families. I am sorry to hear of Jean's passing. I have Memories of growing up with her in the Renfrew section of Adams. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you cherish the Memories.
from: Dave Blanchetteon: 04-15-2019

I'm so so sorry for your loss. Jean was a special lady. She had such a larger than life personality and always had a smile on her face! Lunches at the Red Carpet will never be the same again. I'll miss our conversations and her joking ways. May you RIP Jean.
from: Kim LaFleuron: 04-12-2019

Jean was a wonderful, loving, caring and fun friend. God has a new beautiful angel, your in our prayers.
from: Sending Love and Prayerson: 04-11-2019

Our condolences.
Peace, love and prayers to family and friends.
Jean you will be missed. 🙏🏻❤️ 😔
from: Gail and rich LaBonte on: 04-10-2019

I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
from: Katherine Dodgeon: 04-10-2019

Great memories of a great woman with a wonderful, sparkling spirit! Heaven has gained a very special angel!
We are so sorry for your loss!
from: Steve and Pat Katzon: 04-09-2019

I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. She waited on my family and I at the Red Carpet numerous times. It was always great to see her. My prayers are with the family.
from: Jennifer Morganon: 04-09-2019

Truly one of a kind person. fun, kind, caring & loving...everyone's friend..... Heaven has another angel.
RIP Jean, you will be missed by all.
from: Colleen & Mitch Zajacon: 04-09-2019

Pat and Jason.. My wife Pat and I send our sincere condolences...
from: Ron Catelotti on: 04-09-2019

Thoughts and prayers are with you Patrick and Jason.
from: Lora Martischnig Peckon: 04-09-2019

Pat, Jason, and Family, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all in your time of loss
from: T.J. Langnickelon: 04-09-2019

RIP we will never forget you. Love you’re Canadian family xoxoxoxo
from: Charlotte Cavanghon: 04-09-2019

You were a great friend and person and will be dearly missed , REST IN PEACE JEAN
from: Will & Bonnie Smithon: 04-08-2019

You will be dearly missed!!!❤❤❤
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