Marcia Ryan Hamren

March 4, 1932September 14, 2012

Marcia Ryan Hamren

Falmouth – Marcia Ryan Hamren passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday September 14th, 2012 ay Falmouth by the Sea, Falmouth, Maine. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio March 4th, 1932 to Maurice and Zoe Ryan, she grew up with her sister Susan in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, attending Saint Thomas School. Upon graduating with her class of 14, she then went on to attend the University of Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in Journalism. She met her lifelong partner, Fred (Tim), while at Michigan and on September 4th they celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Throughout her life Marcia was a consummate giver, whether listening to friends, volunteering at countless organizations or sharing her unending laughter. After marrying and joining her husband in Biloxi, Mississippi for his Air Force duty they returned to Ann Arbor where Tim would finish his degree in Engineering. They lived in Pittsburgh for his first job, then transferred to Anaheim, California for seven years. She loved living in California, but upon returning to Pennsylvania she settled in to live and love Sewickley, were she resided until her last two years in Maine.

Early on she was a photo journalist for the Yipsilanti Press in Michigan and a copy writer for the Catholic Messenger. An avid volunteer, she was president of A.A.U.W. and P.E.O. and ran the volunteer coordinator position at the Sewickley Library for years.

A devote Catholic, she was often at Mass or calling for prayers for fellow parishioners. She was endeared by all who met her and she had an enormous heart of gold. Her generous spirit, beautiful eyes, wisdom and loyalty will be missed by all.

Marcia is survived by her sister Susan, her husband, Fred, and son Christopher Jude. Also surviving are her daughter Leslie, son-in-law George, their daughter Ellie and her step-granddaughter, Megan.

A gathering will be held in Maine on Tuesday September 18th at the Royal River Grillhouse in Yarmouth from 5 – 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday September 22 at 12 noon at St. James Catholic Church, 200 Walnut Street, Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery. A reception will then be held at The Edgeworth Club. Please visit to view a video collage of Marcia’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in her name to either St. Jude Retreats, Albany, NY; The Villa St. Joseph, Baden, PA; or The Sewickley Library, Sewickley, PA.



  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 22, 2012
  • Burial Saturday, September 22, 2012
  • Maine Gathering Tuesday, September 18, 2012


  • Pennsylvania Reception

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December 25, 2012

Dear Fred (Tim), I am sorry to hear of Marcia's passing. I was looking you all up as I will be in Pittsburgh at an upcoming Steelers game and wanted to see you both. My prayers and blessings as you mourn her loss. We were neighbors in Charlotte, NC (Heathstead) and it has been many, many years since I have seen you all. Merry Christmas and my deepest sympathies. in Christ, Mark Milazzo (see a picture of my son) I am listed in the book, please call me, would love to see you.

Amy, Steve, Luke Franckhauser

September 28, 2012

Dear Tim and family: so sorry to hear about Marcia's passing. Always remember her with beautiful fluttery wings she wore for a party and now she has eternal wings with which to embrace and love you all all the more. You're in our thoughts and prayers,

Anita and Paul Cappa

September 25, 2012

Dear Tim, Christopher, Leslie and Family--We were so sorry to hear of Marcia's death, and know what a great loss this is to all of you. Marcia was one of those rare people who stood out among others for her kindness and thoughtfulness. We share in your sorrow, but know she's now in the hands of God where she deserves to be. Love from Anita and Paul

September 24, 2012

I was so sorry to hear of Marcia's passing. She was such a wonderful, giving person, she will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Launa Shoup, Rochester, Pennsylvania

Lou and Maureen Valenzi

September 22, 2012

We sing Marcia to heaven this very day.
With love,

September 22, 2012

Dear Tim and all the family,
Marcia was always a very special and gifted lady. We will always miss her and love her. You are in our prayers. We are sorry for your loss. Love, Bill and Carroll

Rita and Joe Hoepp

September 19, 2012

Tim, Leslie and Family, Chris,
Your wife and mom, Marcia, was incomparable--beautiful, soft, caring, funny--what wasn't to love? We enjoyed so many picnics and occasions with you and her. We awaited eagerly her wonderful, disjointed, hilarious stories. There aren't words to say how much she'll be missed. Praying for you as you mourn her loss and celebrate her entry into Heaven.

Marguerite McCarthy

September 19, 2012

I had the pleasure to call Marsha a friend. Her kindness was always seen. Her humor always enjoyed. Her smile will be forever missed. Rest in peace my friend, until we meet again. Love Marguerite McCarthy

Rita Herbst

September 18, 2012

Leslie, Tim and Christopher, Your wonderful Mom will always be remembered with love by the Herbst family.
Carl and Rita Herbst

John & Kris Rulison

September 18, 2012

Dear Fred,
Kris and I mourn your loss but celebrate Marcia's life. She was a gracious and lovely lady who will be greatly missed. We truly enjoyed the friendship both of you offered over the years. After all the years of love and partnership between the two of you can take comfort in knowing that she now rests in the arms of our Lord. Marcia, you and your family are in our prayers.