Stella Mariam Ryan, 93, began her new eternal life on New Year’s Day 2014. She passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospice in Johnston surrounded by her family.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Stella Mariam Ryan, born Christmas Eve, 1920, to Porter and Lavina Chelsvig near Kelley, Iowa was a special gift to her family.

She married her loving husband, Edward, November 1, 1944. They were blessed with 66 years together and had four children, Daniel, Steven, Linda and Timothy.

Stella was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her life revolved around caring for her family and others. She was very active in her church where she sang in the choir, helped with Vacation Bible School, enjoyed the fellowship of women’s circle group, and was a volunteer at Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. She lived a life of serving and was always there for those who needed her. Her smile would light up, and touch many – even through her journey with Alzheimer’s, where she was lovingly cared for at Trinity Center at Luther Park in Des Moines.

We are so thankful for the loving example set by our parents, and they will be in our hearts forever.

Stella is survived by her children: Steven (Nola), Linda (Richard) Fawcett, and Timothy, her brothers; Clyde Chelsvig and Ronald Chelsvig, her grandchildren; Susan Ryan, Peter Christopher, Sean Perkovich, Christopher (Mary) Ryan, Courtney (David) Lienemann, Chad (Chelsea) Ryan, Jennifer (Nathan) Dishman, Lindsay (Trent) Kulig, great-grandchildren; Kaydence and Hudson Dishman, Ryker and Asher Kulig, Sydney and Samuel Ryan, and Ava Lienemann.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward, son, Daniel, and brothers, Orvis and Robert Chelsvig.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

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