Katie Degnan was the daughter of Catherine Donovan and Francis Degnan. She and her twin brother were born March 29, 1889 in Bernard, Iowa. Tragically, Catherine did not survive the birth and passed away the same day. Catherine and Frank had only been married nine months at the time of her passing.
Katie was raised by the Maloney family who were related to the Degnans.
Katie and John Ryan married October 3, 1916, in Garryowen, Iowa. P.J. Coffey C.P. (catholic priest) officiated. Wm. Ryan and Margaret Maloney witnessed the ceremony. They had one son: James Aloysius.
James Aloysius Ryan married Mary Elizabeth Heier. They have five children:
- Mary Ann
- Doris Kay
- James Allen
- Linda Mae
- Patricia Jean
Photos and information about Katie’s family can be found here.