City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Amy Ryan

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 57.
Died 02/15/2023.

Amy Ryan
Amy Theresa Ryan, 57, of Raleigh, North Carolina, died February 15 following a long illness. Amy and her twin sister, Bridget, were born in alphabetical order at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, New York on September 21, 1965 (cue the Earth, Wind & Fire song!). After establishing many lifelong childhood friends in Suffern, the family relocated to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania in 1982. Following high school, Amy attended Penn Tech and then East Stroudsburg University, graduating in 1987.

When the large East Coast accounting firm that Amy worked for closed its doors in 1996, Amy took that as an opportunity to go back to school to study software engineering at the Chubb Institute. This brave move launched an exciting new career in software consulting that brought adventures with four coworkers who became her closest and dearest friends - Sandra Connell, Jen McClure, Maryellen McKeon, and Carla Spinelli. This fun-loving team of outgoing professional women worked on short- and long-term assignments in such locations as London; Detroit; Newark; Raleigh; New York City; and St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. They also traveled extensively, vacationing to exotic locales near and far including a 2006 Amazon Rainforest trip that included climbing to Machu Picchu.
Always a sophisticated dresser, her meticulous appearance never failed to leave positive impressions. She loved fine white wine, rolling the dice at casinos across the country, and a good joke well told. Quick to laugh, Amy’s wide smile, brilliant blue eyes and authentic personality won over anyone in her presence.

In 2008 Amy arrived in Raleigh for another temporary project assignment, but other plans came about when she met the love of her life, Louis Buonpane, resulting in the City of Oaks becoming her permanent place of residence. Amy loved vacationing on the Outer Banks at Nags Head, Duck, and Cape Hatteras.

In addition to her partner Lou, his daughters Morgan and Marisa, and her beloved boxer (Baxter), Amy is survived by six siblings: Deborah Ryan; Greg Ryan (Brooke Maroldi); Hilary Ohm; Jeff Ryan (Suzie); Meg Ryan; and twin sister Bridget Farrell (Joe Kort); as well as seven nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Ruth Ryan; as well as a niece, Delaney Farrell.

Planning is underway for a celebration of life to be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh or to the American Cancer Society.

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

Simply having to reach out to a funeral home can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to simplify the entire funeral home experience and make the process as easy as possible. We hope to eliminate any unnecessary surprises by publishing our total cost and the services we provide directly on our website. All of our obituaries are provided free of charge as a way to help families celebrate and commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremations