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Ruth B. O'Byrne

October 27, 1927 -
July 5, 2021

Ruth Munkvold O’Byrne died July 5, 2021 in Champaign, IL. She was born October 27,

1927 in Tuscola, IL, the only child of Dr.Henry E. Munkvold and Mary Burns Munkvold.

She went to grade school at South Side in Champaign. and graduated from Champaign

High School in 1945. She enrolled in the University of Illi…read more

Ruth Munkvold O’Byrne died July 5, 2021 in Champaign, IL. She was born October 27,

1927 in Tuscola, IL, the only child of Dr.Henry E. Munkvold and Mary Burns Munkvold.

She went to grade school at South Side in Champaign. and graduated from Champaign

High School in 1945. She enrolled in the University of Illinois, receiving a degree in

  1. She was a proud member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

She married her high school sweetheart, J. Michael O’Byrne, January 27, 1949 at Holy

Cross Church. He died June 30, 2019. She is survived by her son, Stephen O’Byrne, her

daughter, Ellen O’Byrne; and her grandchildren, Meghan McDaniel, Samantha Morris,

all of Champaign, Il and James (Jamie) O’Byrne and Katherine (Katie) O’Byrne of Grand

Rapids, MI. She is also survived by Mary O’Byrne Murray, widow of her husband’s late

brother Jack O’Byrne. She was “Aunt Ruth” to generations of Sullivans, Shaplands,

McNickles and Murphys.

She was very active in the social and fundraising activities of Pi Beta Phi and enjoyed her

time spent with her sorority sisters and the following generations of members in the

Illinois chapter. She enjoyed cooking and regularly experimented (successfully) on her

family. She loved to travel and went on many cruises with the “O’Byrne family and

friends” sponsored by Jack O’Byrne, seeing much of the world. She loved Wisconsin

and spending time throughout the year at the Blue House with her husband, children and

especially her grandchildren.

Ruth was a witty lady who always had people laughing and her kindness made her loved

by many. She was well known for her inner beauty as well as her outer beauty. She had

something positive to say about everyone. She was a loving and supporting partner to her

husband and was vigilant in monitoring his diet and exercise, helping him to survive and

thrive as a Type 1 diabetic for more than 70 years. She was a gentle lady. She loved her

family, her friends, & her doggies and Mikey… the love of her life.

We want to give thanks and acknowledgement to the staff of Carriage Crossing and

Transitions Hospice for the loving care and support they gave to our mother. In lieu of

flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Champaign County Humane

Society or the American Diabetes Association.

A Funeral Mass will be held on a future date. Burial will be private.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

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