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“Pat and I were software engineers at Stratus Computer in the 90s. She always inspired me by how active she was in so many things and was a prime...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Cossette - Shrewsbury, MA

“Billy, just thinking about the hill the other day! Sorry to read about Patty. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Ginny Steadman-Hale - Newburyport, MA

“Pat was a great colleague and role model when I was a new teacher (2011). I always remember her commitment to making each of her homeroom students a...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Kathryn Downes - Dorchester, MA

“Sending my most profound and sincerest condolences to the family. Ms.Hansen was such genuine person and had so much care and patience for her...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Annabel Mejia - Salem, MA

“Sending Pat's family lots of love from Salem Academy - we were so fortunate that Pat chose to make the transition to education. She made such a...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Stephanie Callahan - Salem, MA

“Pat was in my painting class in Reading. I didn't know her well, but the last time I saw her she seemed happy and healthy, having just returned from...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Fran Kressley - Reading, MA

“"Tisha" to me....decades of keeping up with her and finally when she came back to Massachusetts and connected with some of the homogeneous "circle"...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Boo Hill-Little - Portland, ME

“I am so shocked to hear of Pat's passing. Pat was an awesome painter, a great friend to our group, and a special person to share a laugh with and...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Douglas Cowell - Friend

“I am soo saddened and shocked to hear of Pat's passing. I am a fellow art student in her art class. Pat will surely be missed along with her...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Vivian Abate - Reading, MA

“I graduated with Patty from Wakefield High School we both graduated from Mass Bay Community College where we became good friends. Pat went on to...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Mary ( Davis ) Walpole - Harwich, MA

“I love Pat, we used to be neighbors on Thorndike St. She was always so great with all the children on the street. My son used to crawl in and out of...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Eileen Twichell - Reading, MA

“Charlie and Billy; please accept our deepest condolences as I am unable to attend the wake due to health reasons. She was a special person to all of...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Bob and Pat Hubbard - Wakefield, MA

“Billy and Charlie (Gus).Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss of Patricia. Covid issues will keep me at home. I remember Patricia as a...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Joe LeFave - WtrUs

“So very sorry for the loss of this wonderful Person. If you knew Trish then your life is a little better. She definitely left her mark on this earth ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Rita Malmsten Malmsten - Kingston, NH


Patricia A. (Ryder) Hansen of Reading and formerly of Wakefield passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the age of 77.

Patricia was born in Melrose, MA, the daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Landry) Ryder.

Tisha was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1962. She went on to graduate from Mass Bay Community College and Salem State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree. She would later earn two master's degrees in Mathematics and Education from Salem State University. Pat's early years included living and working on Kwajalein Island in the Pacific Ocean on a US missile defense program, scuba diving, obtaining her private airplane pilot license, and working at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Her life in New England included a career as a Software Engineer for the former Wang Corporation in Lowell. Later she pursued a second career in education, where she shared her love for teaching and children. Patti spent ten years as an educator at Salem Academy Charter School before retiring. Her active retirement was filled with travel, golf, painting, pottery, volunteering, working out, and spending time with family and many close, loving friends.

Patricia was the loving sister of William Ryder of Wakefield and Charles Ryder and wife Valerie of Walpole. Tisha was the devoted aunt of Kevin Ryder and wife Kim, Kristina DeMala and husband Anthony, Matthew Ryder and wife Kate, Jason Ryder, and the late Kimberly Cresta. She was the beloved foster mother to Paige Mello and Nana to her son Grayson. She was the loving great aunt to Kathleen Ricci, Susanne Deloge, Anthony Cresta, Amanda Brennan, Nicole England, Emma Ryder, Ben Ryder, Sam Ryder, and Adam Ryder and a great-great aunt to Luke Mehlman, Hayley Deloge, William Brennan, and Sonoma Brennan. Pat will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Tuesday from 3-7pm. A Graveside Service will be held at the Forest Glade Cemetery, Lowell Street Wakefield on Wednesday at 11:00am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.