In Memory of

Ursula Maria Ryan

1938 - 2019


Ursula Maria Ryan (Nee Wolter), 80, of Smithville, New Jersey, passed peacefully surrounded by her family at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point New Jersey on Friday January 19, 2019.  Born August 16, 1938 in Frankfurt, Germany, Ursula began her career as a singer at American Forces Network Radio. Since 1980, Ursula owned Weist Barron Ryan Acting Studios in Atlantic County. She trained many Miss New Jersey's, Miss America's as well as TV and film celebrities.  Ursula’s daughter and grandson broadened WBR Studios to include a casting division, and will continue to operate WBR Acting Studios & Casting. Ursula is survived by her daughters: Jennifer Maraia, Stefanie Showell, her grandchildren, Quinn Showell, Franziska Showell, and Sophia Shearman, and her sister and brother-in-law Roswitha and Dieter Diepholtz and her WBR family. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be given to  Ursula will be laid to rest in Frankfurt, Germany.

     Memorial Celebration

We want to thank everyone for coming out to support and celebrate the life of Ursula on the 25th of January, 2019. It was an immense turn out and amazing to see so many of the lives that she touched. We would like to thank everyone for sharing their memories, it was truly touching and inspirational. Ursula was a gem in the South Jersey Arts Community, as well as the arts community abroad, and a soul like hers is irreplaceable. She will forever be in the hearts of all of us, at the WBR Family.

A special thank you to The Irish Pub Atlantic City for supplying the beautiful venue, Formica Brothers Bakery for the delicious desserts, and PTB Productions aka promising the best for the wonderful photos.

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