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Erika M. Ryan

Posted By Bill On March 27, 2020 @ 2:49 pm In Obituaries | 13 Comments


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.

Condolences for the family of “Erika M. Ryan”

Condolence from Wendy Mitchell on March 27th, 2020 3:18 pm

I hope your finally at peace, you will be truly missed by so many, my thoughts and prayers to your entire family. ❤❤

Condolence from Cassiye on March 27th, 2020 4:14 pm

May she rest in the sweetest of peace. Erika was a true real friend everyone dreamed of having & to not have her here any longer breaks my heart. High school was our best days and I know she is looking down on all her friends. She was an amazing mother and i know she will always protect her boys.

Condolence from Maxine Dunn on March 27th, 2020 7:10 pm

I didnt know this beautiful lady, however my Grandaughter Alysa Delgado was friens with her and grandaughter is so distraught.
My condolences go out to her family at this stressful time. May god be with you all and give strength to all to get through this difficult

Condolence from Barbara Mellor on March 27th, 2020 8:27 pm

Brittany and family,
Erika was a wonderful person. Words cannot express the sadness and grief at her passing. I am here for you always.

Condolence from Dawn on March 27th, 2020 8:39 pm

Rest Easy Sweetie, I love you so much an I will miss you dearly

Condolence from Dan & Lisa Delude on March 27th, 2020 8:57 pm

No matter how hard I try these past few days have been so difficult…I can’t stop asking ” why?” ..it wasn’t supposed to be this way..not for you….you were so young..Your boys & your sister left to feel this type of loss…not to mention all of us trying to cope with this tragedy… I keep hoping this is a nightmare, just anything… But reality..my eyes hurt from crying & my heart aches…You drove me crazy sometimes but I loved you & cared for you since the moment you were born as my own…I will remember all the times I would come pick you up and bring you to CT after Mom passed away, I will remember all the times we shared when you were little ( especially you & mom living with me) and I will remember all the talks, laughs & memories of you staying with Dan & I last year…I will remember ALL OF YOU ERIKA, and I will keep you, my niece, in my heart ..ALWAYS… I know your Mom is embracing you and fly as high as your new wings will carry you ..you are very much loved & missed sweetheart, I hope we all find the strength needed to help Britt & Erikas boys as well as ourselves with the coming time ahead…… Auntie Lisa & Uncle Dan love you sweetheart….rest in peace

Condolence from Luann baker on March 28th, 2020 1:16 am

In the arms of the angel,Fly away from here, l know you are in good hands now. I love and miss you! Rest in peace Erika. Ryan

Condolence from Lindsey on March 28th, 2020 12:09 pm

Erika was such a big part of my childhood! Sleep overs, walks, bike rides and just having fun together always. Rest in Peace, I hope you are at peace now! Guide your boys to greatness Erika! I will miss you.

Condolence from Emily on March 29th, 2020 9:44 pm

Erika you have been my friend for 10 years. No matter how long we’d go without talking it was always the same when we hung out again. You were such a kind person who had to go through to much heartache. I hope you are at peace now with your Mom. Watch over your boys family and friends. Your loved so much and will always be missed.

Condolence from Liz B. on April 1st, 2020 11:20 am

I am sorry for all those friends and family affected by this tragic lost, as I am… Erika was a great friend/person who will be very missed.
Erika, I hope you are at peace… watch over your loved ones, especially Dan, Brayden, and Carson. I love you and will always charish the memories we shared. You’re welcome to come haunt me anytime lol.
Rest in the sweetest peace ❤

Condolence from Julia on April 3rd, 2020 1:20 pm

May you rest peacefully love. So many thoughts & prayers are with the boys & your family during this time. You were an amazing woman. I hope you & your mother are together once again. I will miss you.

Condolence from Thomas Ryan on April 3rd, 2020 4:57 pm

Erika May, this is so very hard to even begin to comprehend… I love you ever so dearly, you were and will always continue to be my reason to pick myself up, dust myself off, and continue on forward with my head held high. I am so so very sorry that I was unable to provide a more stable life for you, and help with those 3 most handsomest Grandchildren you gave to me… My one and only solace is that you are at peace from all the diversity life had thrown at you, and that you’re back with your Mom, whom you’ve missed so very much… God how I miss your laugh, your smile, your facetiousness, as well as your loving caring way about you… 5495 Always. RIP Baby girl.

Condolence from Christine Babraitis on April 5th, 2020 5:22 pm

Erika was such a beautiful person, I remember the first day we met in my driveway when we were young. Her grandfather introduced us, as his brother is my uncle. We became inseparable throughout are youth, she was adventurous, caring, and had such a great sense of humor. I hold many cherished memories of pool parties, running around in my backyard and staying up late talking on the phone. I love you beautiful girl, I think about you often and saw how proud motherhood made you. Rest in peace Erika May. Love, Christine.

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