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Michael Jensen

Funeral: Philip Ryan Olson Gonzales

Friday, August 12, 2022 - 11:00am

The Basilica of Saint Mary will celebrate the Rite of Christian Burial for Philip Ryan Olson Gonzales in The Basilica.

Philip Ryan Olson Gonzales November 23, 1998 – July 21, 2022 Philip Ryan Olson Gonzales, of Edina Minnesota, passed away on July 21, 2022. He was 23 years old. Our family is in deep sorrow. He was our everything. He was born on November 23, 1998 in Minneapolis Minnesota to Philip Agustin Gonzales and April Beth Olson. Philip Ryan is survived by his older sister Alanna Paloma Gonzales and his grandmother Sandra Olson (“Peeta”). He lived in a loving family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandfather Richard Olson, his grandfather Federico Gonzales, and his grandmother Anna M. Gonzales. After graduating from Edina High School in 2017, Philip Ryan attended the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind (2017-2020), with music as his main focus. He excelled in Special Olympics, winning gold medals in track and field, as well as bowling. He used a wide variety of musical styles – from Stevie Wonder to Beethoven – to communicate his inner joy in life. Philip Ryan played beautiful harmonica, drums, and brass. In high school Philip Ryan was a joyful participant in unified theater — Theater for All. Despite suffering from a rare congenital Muscular Dystrophy disease, Philip Ryan always found joy in life. In this way, he generously gave his spirit to everyone around him, making us all better people; truly a master teacher. His determination and strength emphasized the importance of life itself. Philip Ryan was a kind, sweet, loving son. He was a devoted brother, and a friend to all. He had an easy, bright smile and a sophisticated sense of humor. Philip Ryan helped everyone around him keep a youthful vision, experiencing the world with wonder. He knew that being different takes courage. His passions are God, family, friends, peace, making his own music, listening to Bach, and animals. Philip Ryan was a faithful, devout Catholic disciple. Psalm 47:1 describes his view of life, “Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout unto God with a voice of triumph.”

We invite you to remember Philip Ryan, the most amazing son, a passionately loving brother, and friend to many. If you can attend, save the date. If not, please think of him and us during this time. Friday, August 12, 2022 10:00am — Visitation
11:00am — Funeral Mass 



For the Funeral, ground parking (17th Street, 16th Street, lot directly behind The Basilica, and lot directly across from The Basilica school) is available.
Parking is free beneath the overpass of I-94 (corner of 17th and Hennepin) for the funeral. Please do not park in Reserved Spaces. 
There is a fee for parking in the MCTC Ramp.

Interment at Lakewood Cemetery
3600 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis MN 55408

Reception: Thomson-Dougherty Funeral Home 2535 Park Avenue Minneapolis MN 55404 
At the service, we suggest wearing comfortable clothing in light colors. We strongly suggest COVID tests the day before. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations.