left: Lucia & Keith, 2007

Our dear sister, Lucia Ann Ryan, formerly of Saratoga, CA and Bainbridge Island, WA, passed away peacefully on October 17th, 2021. Born in Potsdam, NY in 1937, she was the mother of four children, whom she and her beloved husband, Dr. Keith Ryan, raised with love and laughter in their home in Saratoga.

Both Lucia and Keith were opened and became members of the Palo Alto Subud Center in 1991. Irena Olender, Palo Alto Center member, notes that they were very engaged in center life, each serving two terms as treasurer, vice chair and chair; Keith was the driving force in the first major remodel to the building. Lucia also served as a helper at the Center. Lalia Helmer, Palo Alto Center member, fondly remembers Lucia’s wonderful, positive, and warm presence in all that she did.

Seeking a more peaceful environment than the Silicon Valley, the Ryans moved to Aptos for a year and during that time were members of the Santa Cruz Subud Center. They then settled into their new home on Bainbridge Island. For more than 10 years, they enjoyed being part of the Olympic Neighborhood Group of Subud PNW, whose members live on the island and in the nearby mainland town of Poulsbo.

In addition to her other Subud roles, Lucia served a term as a member of the Susila Dharma USA Board.

A 40th Day selamatan to mark her passing will be held at the Palo Alto Subud Center on Saturday, November 27, following the regular Saturday latihan (quiet time at 10:45).  A celebration of life will be held in December at Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, WA. If you wish to honor her memory, please consider a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association in Lucia’s name.

All who knew her will miss her and remember her loving and generous spirit with fondness.

If you’d like to share a memory about Lucia Ryan, you can do so at “Leave a Reply” for this remembrance on the Subud CA website. Find it HERE.

Remembering Lucia Ryan