Merrimac, MA: — Sheila R. (Ryan) Hatch, 73, passed away at her home on September 5, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Sheila was the wife of Edward E. Hatch who passed away on July 27, 2012, and with whom she recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Born in Haverhill on February 8, 1939, Sheila was the daughter of the late Haverhill Gazette Sports Editor Walter A. Ryan and Adele L. (Patterson) Ryan.
Sheila graduated from Haverhill High School, Class of 1956, and continued her education at Nashua Memorial Hospital, School of Nursing where she earned her diploma as a Registered Nurse in 1959. Her nursing career spanned forty-two years to include the former Hale Hospital, Visiting Nurse Association, and as a school nurse for the City of Haverhill at the Nettle School, where she worked until she retired. She volunteered her time over the years assisting in various fundraising endeavors in Haverhill. She inherited her father’s interest in sports and enjoyed following all local sporting events, the Red Sox and Celtics.
Sheila is survived by her children, David E. Hatch and his fiancée Catherine Russell of Lowell, Paul W. Hatch and wife Patricia of Medford, Peter J. Hatch of Merrimac, Christopher R. Hatch and wife Jerilyn of Haverhill; grandchildren, Carli & Ruby Hatch; sister, Ann Ryan of Kennebunk, ME, and nieces, Lisa Stein-Pierce and husband Jeffrey, and Lynne Chase and husband Mark; grand nephews, Ben Pierce, Will and Ryan Chase. Along with her parents, she was pre-deceased by her sister, Martha Ryan, and nephew Ernie Stein, lll.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Memorial Service was conducted on September 10, 2012 at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. A private interment service will be held by the family at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Spleen St., 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701. Online condolences may be sent to www.dcsfuneralhome.com