Bernadette R. Ryan, 68, of Longmont passed away February 10, 2018 at her home, after a courageous 8 month battle versus an aggressive cancer.
She was born August 14, 1949 to Edgar J. and Nella M. (Scannell) Robichaud in Arlington, MA. She graduated from Arlington High School, Arlington, MA.
Bernadette moved to Boulder, CO in 1974. On May 15, 1981 she married James Ryan at Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, MA. (Following a family tradition: as her parents, grandparents, and a brother had all also been married on a prior May 15!). Since their marriage, Jim and Bernadette have made their home in Longmont.
Bernadette’s true love was helping people, which led her to several varied jobs. In Massachusetts she was first a Candy Striper, then a Nurses Aid, with her treasured friends at Mount Auburn Hospital of Cambridge. In Colorado she worked for the Boulder County Health Department doing home visits. After moving to Longmont, Bernadette worked for Mountain Bell for many years, toughing it out as the only woman on a grizzled 15 person “Framer” crew. In 2000, Bernadette returned to school at Fort Morgan Community College, and earned an Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. After graduation she went to work at Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, CO. She provided comfort and encouragement to her patients, while simultaneously “encouraging” them to exceed their recovery expectations, doing so with her level headed humor and determination to get people to move. Post retirement, Bernadette provided fifteen fabulous months of loving and rewarding care and companionship for her mom Nella, before Nella’s passing in December, 2016.
She was a member of Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Church and the book club.
Bernadette enjoyed playing board games and was very competitive at Mah Jong, cribbage and backgammon to name a few favorites. She also enjoyed riding her bicycle, dancing, music, and gardening. She was a meticulous and creative cook, renowned for her scrumptious home baked breads.
Bernadette was an enormously social person, a human tornado who squeezed 36 hours into every single day. She loved getting together with friends, often over food. Bernadette loved the Longmont community and supported the many events happening throughout the year. She gladly shared her opinion and sure loved to talk! She will be fondly remembered and missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Bernadette is survived by her husband Jim; son Keefe and his wife Kate; grandson and light of her life, Thaddeus, as well as four brothers: Edgar John Robichaud, Martin Robichaud (Kathy), Daniel Robichaud (Patti) and Philip Robichaud (Anna), and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held 10:30AM on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Church. Cremation at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial contributions can be made to the Light of Christ ECC. Share condolences at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.