Elizabeth Ryan Augustyn, of Antigo, died Sunday, October 30, 2011 at Langlade Hospital under the care of her family and LeRoyer Hospice. She was 63 years old. She was born on May 11, 1949 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, a daughter of Walter and Jessie (Robertson) Ryan. She married James Augustyn on January 21, 1977 in Falls Church, Virginia. He survives.
She moved from New York to Washington D.C. to attend Trinity Washington University. She lived in D.C. until she married and moved to Antigo.
She was a devoted mother, artistically creative, and politically active. She traveled extensively, was an avid reader, and had a passion for music, taking piano lessons at the Wausau Conservatory of Music.
She was a member and past President of St. John Catholic School Board of Education, was on the hiring board at the Wausau Conservatory of Music, and served on the political campaign for state representative Tom Tiffany.
She was also known for her great sense of humor, making people laugh all her life, even from her hospital bed. She was a kind person who was considerate of others, and had friends across the globe. She was enthusiastic and optimistic, and enjoyed hearing new stories and having new experiences all her life.
Survivors including her husband are two daughters, Allison Augustyn, Seattle, WA, and Jessie Augustyn, Madison; a son James Ryan Augustyn, Madison; a brother John (Rosemary) Ryan, Lake Forest, IL; a sister Laurie (Ron) Dillahunt, Antigo.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, Antigo, with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Wednesday at the church.
A memorial will be established. Memorials may be directed to the family.
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I am deeply saddened to learn of Lizzie's passing. I just found out and am awe struck by the memories that are flooding back to me. Lizzie, aka Ryan O Ryan, was my best friend in grade school and high school. We were ... more
I was so very sorry to hear that Liz had passed away. My memories of her will live on as she was always a positive person who could light up a room with her personality and humor. My thoughts and prayers are with her f... more
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time, Jim, Allison, Jesse, and Ryan....we remember Liz as enjoying people and for her sense of humor. She was always so proud of her kids and loved to talk about what they... more
Liz was always so much fun to be around. She always had a good story to share. Pam, Sarah and I are so sorry to hear of your loss.
I feel so very blessed to have met Liz and Jim through Jeannie and Art Halvorsen. On first meeting Liz, I could not believe how much I laughed and how much fun she was. I introduced Liz to Absolut Citron, and she never... more
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Liz was such an inspiring person, it is her legacy. I have never met anyone like her, I am honored that I have been given the opportun... more