Putnam – Erika May Ryan, 24, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 19, 2020, at her home in Putnam. Erika was born in Worcester, MA and raised in both Worcester and Leicester, where she attended school. She was most proud of the time she spent as a Starter Substance Abuse Counselor for Spectrum Health Services. She was in the process of continuing her education to study Human Services.
Erika’s boys meant the world to her and she loved them more than anything. Every breath she took was for them. Erika lived a life filled with hardship, adversity, and crushing loss, yet she remained full of spirit and life. Her resilience shined; she never gave up and she worked so hard to rise above her circumstance; she loved hard and fought harder.
Erika is survived by her three sons, Daniel (5), Brayden (2), and Carson (1); her fiancé, Ryan Peperato; her father, Thomas Ryan; her sister, Brittany Hanna and her husband Andrew; and her two nephews, Julian and Max; her aunts, Jody Coran & family of Ohio and Mary Evans & family of England; her grandfather, Eddie Lindquist of Leicester, MA; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Erika was predeceased by her mother, Jennifer M. Short, and her grandmother, Bonnie E. Lindquist, with whom
she was very close.
Erika, may you finally be at peace, embraced in your mom’s arms. You were loved by all and our hearts are broken by your loss. The world was brighter with you in it. Your smile, compassion, beauty and sense of humor is everlasting. We will miss you forever, more than you know.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to her boys’ college fund: Erika Ryan Memorial, Cornerstone Bank, 200 Charlton Rd, Route 20, Sturbridge MA 01566.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. A private burial in Hillside Cemetery will be held at a later date per the request of her family. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.