Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Ryan J. Coonfare, 44

Ryan J. Coonfare, 44, of Ellwood City died on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Ellwood City Medical Center Emergency Room.

Ryan was born on October 14, 1975 in Ellwood City to Dale Coonfare of Wampum and Debbie Zona of Ellport. He had graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1993 and later from the DCI Career Institute. For his entire life Ryan worked at every aspect of the family business (Ellwood City Transit/Zona Tours). A history buff, he was a proud supporter of the United States Constitution and the NRA. He also enjoyed Star Wars movies and comic books.

He is survived by his parents, his wife, Kristin (Thomas) Coonfare whom he married on June 12, 2004, his daughter, Grace Coonfare, his son, Tristan Coonfare,  his brothers, Josh (Erin) Coonfare of Ellport, Sean Coonfare of Pittsburgh, Christopher (Alicia) Coonfare of Eighty Four, Jeremy (Nicole) Wojtkiewicz of Ellport, and Kevin (Kathleen) Wojtkiewicz of Missouri and his nieces and nephews Nathan Coonfare, Nicholas Coonfare, Kennedy Coonfare, Tyler Wojtkiewicz, Travis Wojtkiewicz, Brayden Wojtkiewicz, Alec Wojtkiewicz, Elissa Wojtkiewicz, Conor Wojtkiewicz and Damon Wojtkiewicz

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Susan Zona, and his paternal grandparents, Vern and Mary Coonfare.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 5-9 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc..


  • Michelle Posted November 11, 2019 8:55 pm

    Prayers to the family from his school bus riders

  • Amy Kastner Barley Posted November 11, 2019 9:03 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to family and friends of Ryan.
    Lincoln High School Class of ‘93

  • Mikey bell Posted November 14, 2019 2:46 am

    To Debbie & josh on behalf of my daddy Debbie and I I’m so sorry for your lost ry ry buddy life’s not going to be the same as without you around here tell unlce Joe and aunt Susan I said hello and love emmm I ll see em soon???

  • Linda Posted November 14, 2019 7:49 pm

    Kristin, Tristan and Grace
    I am so sorry for your loss. It’s the worst feeling in the world. My prayers are with you always
    Love you always

  • Cathy White Posted November 18, 2019 9:31 am

    Deb, I am so saddened to hear of your son’s passing. Trust that he is with the Lord! My prayer is that you feel God’s love and comfort. Know that others are thinking of you and your family! God Bless Each of you! God loves each of you -and Ryan still does!! and He will be with you for all eternity! Just call his name and you will hear him.

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