Obituary: Sylvia Ryder Warren, 88, of West Redding

It is with deep regret and sorrow that the family of Sylvia Ryder Warren, 88, of West Redding, CT and formerly of Chatham Township, NJ passed away on August 14, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Bill Ryder and Luemily Ryder of Redding.

A devoted mother, nurse, dog and horse lover, she is survived by Jim, her husband of 62 years, her sons, Pete, Rod, & Don, and family of 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Sylvia was born in 1930 in the then 23-year-old house on Umpawaug Hill and from childhood was “adopted” by her neighbor, famed composer Charles Ives and his wife, Harmony. In 1948, she graduated from Danbury High School and then went on to pursue a B.S. degree from Columbia University, having matriculated at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights before taking a position as head nurse at Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco.

A natural adventurer, she drove from Connecticut to California prior to the existence of the Interstate Highway System. Along with Jim, she visited 49 of the 50 states and over 10 countries on three continents. She also enjoyed skiing, and playing tennis when those sports were not as prevalent as they are today. Her greatest journey included taking her five granddaughters to Iceland in June 2016 including one final horseback ride.

A celebration of life is planned for November 10th at the District 2 West Redding Fire Department. Charitable donations in memory of Sylvia Ryder Warren can be made to New Pond Farm (in support of the working farm component of the New Pond Farm Education Center), West Redding #2 Volunteer Fire Department (http://www.westreddingfiredepartment.org) or Danbury Hospital’s The Grateful Patient and Families Program, (https://www.danburyhospital.org/support-danbury-hospital/ways-to-give/the-grateful-patient-and-families-program-at-danbury-hospital).

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