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RYAN, Irene (McCarthy) Ryan of Dorchester, passed away on March 19, 2021, after a long illness. Dear and devoted wife of 39 years to the late and beloved Walter J. Ryan, Jr. Loving mother of Amy Gaffey of South Weymouth and Walter Ryan and his darling wife Kristine of Braintree. Cherished Nanny of Bridget and Ryan Gaffey of South Weymouth and Jack, Matthew and Michael of Braintree. Sister of the late William McCarthy of Baynton Beach, FL. Also survived by her family of devoted and loved in-laws John G. Ryan and his wife Patricia Ryan of Dorchester, Janet Muldoon of Exeter, NH, David Ryan and his wife Marianne of Newton, Catherine Ryan of Ellsworth, Maine and William Ryan of Mt. Washington, Berkshire County. Late aunt of many nieces and nephews. Survived by her special and supportive friend and sister-in-law Patricia Ryan of Dorchester. Irene was long-time nurse for the Boston Public Schools. In Irene’s memory, donations can be made to St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. A celebration of life for Irene will be held at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. To leave a sympathy message for the family, please visit

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