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Jeanne Sullivan

Jeanne Sullivan (Bastanier)

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
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Jeanne passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on Sunday, November 24, 2019 after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Jeanne was the only child of Walter and Tatiana Bastanier. She was born in China, but spent most of her childhood in Brazil and Montreal, Canada before emigrating to the United States with her parents. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in Comparative Religion and spoke five languages fluently.

In her free time, Jeanne was voracious reader and an accomplished artist. She read thousands of books and generously shared her favorites with friends and family. Her artistic talents spanned from folk art and crafts to emotive bronze figurative sculptures. Her home was filled with art as well as projects for her church, community, and grandchildren.

Jeanne lived her life helping others and caring for the community around her. From all night graduation parties, to church auctions, she created entire worlds from her imagination. She spent countless hours helping at the local food cupboard, and made meals for anyone in need. She was an active member of the Church of the Advent in Medfield having served on the Vestry for many years along with the Outreach Committee. Even in her final days she was thinking of others, and told her children that her greatest purpose in life was bringing joy to all people. She embodied an ethos of generosity every day of her life.

She leaves behind her husband of 37 years James W. Sullivan, her beloved daughters Tamara and her husband Rob Wheland, Alexandra “Pandi” Chorey and her husband Tim, her son Nicholas Sullivan and his wife Nancy, and also her treasured grandchildren Annika Chorey, Lukas Chorey and Alta Wheland.

The Funeral Liturgy will take place Friday, November 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 28 Pleasant Street, Medfield with The Reverend Marc Eames, Rector, officiating. In memory of her acts of service and kindness, donations can be made in her name to her most cherished organizations The Church of the Advent in Medfield and The Medfield Food Cupboard.
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    Friday, November 29th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Friday, November 29th, 2019 11:30am
    Church of the Advent
    28 Pleasant Street
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Ingeborg Vopi

Posted at 03:23pm
All memories with Jeanne are beloved, how can I even start ? We met in Montreal in 1958 and became the best of friends in Massachusetts (1960's). We had so much fun! We kept in touch through Jeanne's high school and college years, her move to Brazil, and back home to Massachusetts. Her wonderful stories and love for Jim added great joy in the 1980's. When I moved to New Mexico our friendship became long distance again. I shared her great happiness when she became a mother : Tamara, Pandi and Nicholas. We shared the love for art, music and literature. I am very thankful to have had such a wonderful friend and miss her terribly.
Love, Inge


Posted at 04:42pm
How do we make sense of this?
Jean what a sweet spirit you were. Everyone who knew you and came into contact with you walked away brighter and more fulfilled. Whether it be good friends or strangers at the supermarket (Shaw's specifically ;) I loved the way you laughed with your whole heart and enjoyed being silly and sharing funny stories. You always took care of me as your own daughter cooking up tasty snacks and treats for us all and making sure we were happy. I’ll never forget celebrating the New Year in Vermont. You gathered unique fruits and created little touches on the placemat for us all to that would make the night special and memorable. Your joy and laughter always filled us all with hope and your joy was infectious. You were an extraordinary mother and gave us all an example to follow. We love you and will miss you terribly. We hope you are at peace now and not suffering.
Christina, Nick, and Elena Nohos

Erin Kingsbury Fleming

Posted at 01:41pm
I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. Sullivan. She was just the kindest lady. I ran into her while walking my young son with my Dad earlier this year and she was just a joy to talk to. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. - Erin Kingsbury Fleming

Gisela Oess-Langford

Posted at 06:14pm
There is an old family connection, dating back from Jeanne's paternal grandparents and mine, who were very close friends in Germany starting in the 1920ies. As a matter of fact, Jeanne's grandmother spent her last years with my family, nursed by my mother (I was a little child then and do remember Oma Bastanier). Even though we are not related in blood, Jeanne and her parents always felt like family and I took to her immediately, when we met personally. I also loved her parents, who made me feel very welcome, when I studied in Cambridge for a year. I am very happy to have met Jeanne in 1979/80 and to have been in touch with her since. I know how kind, loving, caring, funny and talented she was, I can imagine the big loss her husband and children, the whole family are feeling now. My thoughts are with you, and please stay in touch. After all, we are family - almost!
Love, Gisela

Elaine Krommydas

Posted at 06:10pm
Dear Jeanne You were a unique woman in our world.
I have a memory of you and your mom bringing a delicious fruit pie 30 yrs ago for a gathering of foods for our girls. So delicious and meticulously made.
My daughter and I admired your strength during your illness.
You were so kind to Christina and Elena. I remember that world you created for our kids for the Prom to keep them safe.
It was fun working on that and seeing it come together.
5 languages Amazing!! God rest your soul in a place of light--a beautiful legacy is given to your family. Love The Krommydas Family

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