ESCANABA - Reidun "Ry" Barron, 912 S. 16th St., Escanaba, passed away on Monday morning, Sept. 24, 2012, at her home.
She was born in Stavanger, Norway, on Jan. 22, 1921, daughter of Sverre and Ellen (Ostrum) Sviland. At the age of four, Reidun along with her sister, brother, and mother came to the United States on the SS Bergensfjord where her father awaited their arrival in Escanaba.
Ry graduated from Escanaba High School in 1939, and enrolled in nursing school at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Reidun ‘Ry’ Barron
Reidun ‘Ry’ Barron
Following college, Ry served as an Army nurse during World War II and was stationed in Hawaii and Guam. She was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. She received the American Theater Ribbon, two Overseas Service Bars, Victory Medal and the A-P Theater Ribbon.
On Dec. 27, 1947, Reidun Sviland married Robert "Bob" Barron in Escanaba. He preceded her in death.
Ry worked for a short time at the University of Michigan Hospital upon returning to the States and eventually returned to Escanaba where she was hired at St. Francis Hospital and worked in the Pediatrics Department.
Ry loved gardening flowers, reading, going to the cottage, bridge club, and coffee get-togethers with her neighborhood friends. She was an avid skier and ice skater in her younger years.
She was a member of Immanual Lutheran Church and a former member of the Escanaba Country Club.
Ry was involved with the home extension.
Among survivors include her son, Mark Barron of Escanaba; daughter, Christine (John) Kelyman of Germantown, Tenn.; granddaughter, Julie (Gibson) Turley of Vancouver; grandson, Joseph Barron of Chicago; brother, and Martin (Gloria) Sviland of Grand Blanc, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; and son, Robert.
A celebration of Ry's life will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba.
Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immanual Lutheran Church and Alzheimer's Association. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Barron family.