Jean Bramwell Ryan, 89, died on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at River Glen Health Care Center in Southbury. A longtime resident of Wilton and, in recent years, of Southbury, she was the wife of Bernard Ryan, Jr.
Jean was born on June 2, 1926, in New Brunswick, N.J., daughter of the late Randolph Tyler Bramwell and Florence McCusker Bramwell.
A 1945 graduate of Metuchen High School in Metuchen, N.J., Jean was a life member of the Wilton Playshop. One of 21 charter members when the Wilton Woman’s Club was founded in 1966, Jean later earned a special club award for participating in a record number of consecutive club meetings. She served as co-chair of one of the club’s annual fund-raising events, an antiques fair that produced more than $50,000 for the organization’s college scholarship grants. She was also active on the club’s membership committee and was club historian for many years. On learning of her death, one former president of the Woman’s Club told Facebook friends that Jean was “involved, interested, and pleasant — and stylish always!”