Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home

703 East Main Street, Ravenna, OH


Veronica A. Ryder

April 12, 1919September 11, 2020

Veronica “Vern” Ryder, age 101, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Friday, September 11, 2020.

She was born April 12, 1919, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Stephan and Susanne (Sekerak) Kohut. She graduated from West High School in 1937, and worked for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. Veronica married Arthur E. Ryder on October 26, 1940, and they moved to Mantua in 1950, after he served in the US Army during WWII.

Veronica worked in the Crestwood School District for over 25 years. She began in the kitchen, and soon became secretary at the Village School, and then the Middle School. After retiring, she worked for Geauga Lake Park hiring students for summer jobs. She was very active at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mantua, including the Infant of Prague Society, Altar and Rosary Society, Ox Roast Fair Committees, and funeral luncheons. She was an excellent baker and often shared with her friends and neighbors. Veronica hand quilted many gorgeous cross stitched quilts, and crocheted beautiful Afghans for friends and family.

Her beloved husband, Arthur, preceded her in death in 2005, after 65 years of marriage. Veronica will be sadly missed by her three children: Stephan (Francine) Ryder of Florida, Ronnie (Ronald) Bognar of Kent, and MaryJo (Phillip) Fox of North Carolina. Her memory will be cherished by her beloved grandchildren include Renae (Jeff) Riha, Joseph (Diane) Bognar, Denise (Michael) Bognar-McBride, Diane Fletcher, Stephan (Lesli) Ryder, and Felicity Ryder, as well as her great-grandchildren: Marybeth (Jon) Bognar-Moore, Baleigh Bognar, Michael Fletcher, Jordan Riha, Emma Ryder, Ava Ryder, and Gabriella Iovanna. Friends and family will be received Friday, September 18, 2020, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Reverend Edward Stafford at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mantua. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 18, 2020


Veronica A. Ryder

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Melinda Mantel

September 15, 2020

My love of Vernie started years ago as she visited Phil and MaryJo. I was in awe of her family for the love and care they gave her after Arthur’s passing. 4 months with each child, may we all be so lucky one day!
Her humor and love for life will be treasured. I am so proud of my best friend, MaryJo in her love and care of her Mother. Vernie, you got your wish !!


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