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Obituary for Frances Jean Sullivan

Frances Jean (McPherson) Sullivan, 89, of Escanaba, MI and most recently of Cromwell, CT passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on July 13th.
She is predeceased by her parents Harold Alexander “Pat” McPherson and Frances Rose McPherson (Sobesky), her sisters Peggy Mattson (McPherson), Mary McPherson, and beloved daughter Colleen Anne Carey (Sullivan).
She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years Dr. Robert Sullivan, sisters Patsy Pipkorn (McPherson) and Lucille Vendegna (McPherson), son Patrick Sullivan, Daughter-in-law Lisa Sullivan (Michaud), Son-in-law Sean Carey and grand-daughters Brenna Carey, Sadie Sullivan, Emily Sullivan and many loving nieces and nephews.
“Grandma Jean”, a proudYooper(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) grew up in Escanaba, MI, and was one of 5 sisters that remained close throughout their lives. She graduated from St. Anthony College of Nursing and enlisted in the U. S. Navy where she attained the rank of Lieutenant. She travelled extensively in Navy seeing North Africa, Europe and the States and instilled that interest in her daughter Colleen and grand-daughter Brenna. Jean met her husband Dr. Robert (Bob) Sullivan, also a navy Lieutenant, while stationed at the U.S. Naval hospital in Memphis, TN and married in February 1963.Upon leaving the Navy Jean and Bob continued their medical careers in Boston, MA while enjoying all the city had to offer, particularly its sports teams and venues as well as season tickets to the Boston symphony, before settling in East Hartford, CT and raising a family. There, summers were filled with family trips to their lake cottage and winters with ski trips across New England, a sport Jean and Bob took up instead of waiting in the lodge for Colleen and Pat.
After their children graduated college Jean and Bob lived in Sturbridge, MA and made day trips to their cottage during the warmer months where Jean enjoyed a glass of zinfandel (or the occasional beer) and a cool breeze in the afternoons on her shady deck. In late winter and early spring, months long road trips to Myrtle Beach and points south for a glass of Zinfandel (or the occasional beer), a warm breeze on a sunny deck and a round or 2 of golf were the order of the day. Of course there were always trips to visit their beloved daughter Colleen and her family and Jean’s sisters.
Jean’s later years were spent in Cromwell, CT where she and Bob shared a home with their son Patrick and his family. There, Jean took every opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren, all of whom were her greatest joy. Whether it was babysitting, providing daycare or cheering on their accomplishments from near or afar nothing and no one made Jean happier than her grand-daughters Brenna, Sadie and Emily - each as unique and wonderful as she was.
Thank you to Sabrina Piche who has been Jean’s part-time caregiver for the last several years and had shown her kindness and understanding and who’s company Jean enjoyed. Thank you also to the St. Francis CNAs, Nurses, Doctors and staff, particularly those in the 8-7 and Hospice units for treating Jean and her family with compassion and dignity. A special thank you to Dr. Kermalli for his guidance and compassion during our family’s journey.
Frances JeanSullivan’s life was one of service – to her country as a Navy nurse, to her community both as a nurse and a volunteer to meals on wheels or the senior center in East Hartford, Sturbridge and Cromwell, and to her family as a loving and caring person in all her roles. Her kind, generous and adventuresome spirit will be missed.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 19 at 9:00 am from the Cromwell Funeral Home, 506 Main Street, Cromwell followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Saint John Church, 5 Saint John Court, Cromwell. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Cromwell Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Southington, CT 06489-1058. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com .


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Visitation

Tuesday

18

Jul

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cromwell Funeral Home

506 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416

Service

Wednesday

19

Jul

10:00 AM
St. John Church

St. John Court
Cromwell, CT 06416

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