Mary Ellen Rydgig, 62, of Troy, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at her home, with her loving family and friends by her side.
She was born Sept. 23, 1953, in Granite City, a daughter of the late Walter and Peggy (Hawk) Milton.
Mary had retired from Major Gifts of Washington University in 2008 after 14 years of service as a secretary. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Madison. Mary was a former Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader and was a member of the Myrrh Bearing Women. She was an avid crafter and enjoyed playing softball. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially with her two grandchildren, whom she adored. Mary loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by one sister, Patty Milton; one nephew, Wally Milton III; and a great-nephew, Aaron Hergert.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Craig Rydgig; loving children, Michelle Rydgig, Clayton (Spring Dwyer) Rydgig and Christopher (Samantha) Rydgig; proud grandmother to Layla and Carter Rydgig; dear siblings, Walter Milton Jr., Brett (Julie) Milton and Anita (Dwayne) Winchell; five nieces, five nephews, four great-nephews; four great-nieces; extended family and many wonderful friends.
Visitation will be 4: p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, with a Panikhida service at 7:30 p.m. A second visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2016, at Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 416 Ewing Ave., Madison.
In celebration of her life, funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Father Nicholas Finley officiating. Interment will be in Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Cemetery, Edwardsville.
Memorial donations may be given to Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, Alzheimer’s of St. Louis or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.