RoseAnne Paquette (Ryan) Wager, Widow of 1961 World Team Member Daniel Ryan, Passes Away

RoseAnne Paquette (Ryan) Wager
(11/19/10) - RoseAnne Paquette (Ryan) Wager, the widow of 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team member Daniel Ryan, passed away Saturday, Nov. 13 after a recent illness. She was 75.

Mr. Ryan perished along with the 33 other members of the 1961 U.S. World Team on Feb. 15, 1961, when Sabena Airlines Flight 548 crashed en route to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He was attending the competition as the coach of ice dancing team Diane Sherbloom and Larry Pierce. At the time, the Ryans coached at the Winter Club of Indianapolis.

Mrs. Wager, an avid sports fan, was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, and by age 17 had passed all eight of the Canadian Figure Skating Association's figure tests as well as her gold freestyle test. She placed sixth in the senior ladies division at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships as a member of the Minto Figure Skating Club.

Danny and RoseAnne were married in 1955, and had five children--Kevin, Patrick, Terri Anne, Sheryl and Michael. Following the crash, RoseAnne and her children--all of whom were under the age of 5--relocated to Ottawa and then to Lake Placid, N.Y., where 10 years later she met and married Rupert Wager.

Mrs. Wager continued coaching U.S. and Canadian national competitors in New York. When the family relocated to Atlanta in 1976. she began a second career in real estate, and was a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She was also a Life Member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club and a recipient of the Crystal Phoenix Award, recognizing 20 consecutive years in the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund.

Notes may be sent to the family via Sheryl Nolan, one of RoseAnne's daughters, at:

Sheryl Nolan
1035 Honor Run
Alpharetta, GA 30005

As U.S. Figure Skating prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary and the legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Team tragedy, Mr. Ryan will be among those honored when the 1961 World Team is inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The induction ceremony will take place Friday, Jan. 28 at the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Mrs. Wager was interviewed for and will appear in RISE, the cinematic feature celebrating American figure skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary and legacy of the 1961 World Team that will premiere Feb. 17, 2011.

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