Donor Family visits ILEB


From left: Patti with her mother, Geri Ryan

Family Services Coordinator, Deb Schuett, welcomed special guests to the eye bank today—Geri Ryan and her daughter, Patti, from the Dubuque area. Geri is the wife of Paul F. Ryan who died in 2002 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. Paul donated his corneas to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank for transplant to 2 grateful recipients, one from Illinois and the other from Iowa. Following his death, Geri created a beautiful quilt square for the eye bank’s Donor Family Quilt of Memories to honor her husband. Paul was a devoted husband and father of 7 children. He also dedicated his life to serving others through his volunteerism on the Key West Volunteer Fire Department for 46 years, serving as Fire Chief for 15 of those years. Geri and their daughter Patti drove down to the eye bank today to view the quilt that holds Paul’s handmade tribute, along with the other memory quilts that include unique squares created by the loved ones of eye donors through the years. Thank you for visiting!