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Shirley Sullivan

Shirley Ruth Sullivan

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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Shirley R. Sullivan of Medfield, MA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Born in Boston, Shirley was raised in Lowell by her mother, Madeleine (Major) Belanger, and her grandparents, Harry Major and Lillian (Corey) Major. Shirley often talked of her grandfather’s farm and gardens in Lowell, and as an adult, she was a long-time member of the Medfield Garden Club. She spent many happy hours working in her garden, first on Pleasant Court and later on Nebo Street, a hobby she passed on to her children. Shirley graduated from Medford High School with a diploma in Fine Arts, and worked at Sears, a job she held through the years of World War II. She met Charlie Sullivan, a Marine veteran of World War II, at Sears, and they were married in 1949. The couple lived in Allston before moving to Medfield in 1952, where they raised their four children, Chuck, Scott, Chris, and Nancy. Shirley was a wonderful and loving mother and instilled confidence, a sense of humor and compassion in her children. She was also an accomplished artist who loved to point out the color, shape, sound and movement of things she noticed in her everyday life. Shirley was a Sunday School teacher at the Baptist Church, and in addition to the Garden Club, was a volunteer at the Medfield Food Cupboard and a member of the Hannah Adams Woman’s Club. After her children were grown, Shirley became a preschool teacher, and enjoyed her years at the Medfield Children’s Center, then run by Ann York and Peggy Joyce. Shirley lived a long and full life, and she will be missed tremendously by her family, including her children and their families: Chuck and his wife Donna (Norton) of Sedona, Arizona, Scott and his wife Faith (Welton) of Medfield, Chris and her husband Walter Paal of Franklin and Nancy and her husband Neal Sullivan of Medfield. She was so proud of all her grandchildren: Matthew Sullivan and his wife, Dr. Leah Blank of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Peter Sullivan of Los Angeles, California, Jeffrey Paal of Somerville, Gregory Paal and his wife Ellen(Kennedy) of Somerville, Megan Sullivan of Medfield and Christopher Sullivan of Medfield, and her two great grandchildren, Cameron and Lucas Sullivan of Philadelphia. She will also be missed by her friends in Medfield, including Bob and Joan Wood, her long-time neighbors, and her many nieces and nephews including her sister’s children James Swallow and Nancy Mazza. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Sullivan, and her sister, Arlene (L’Esperance) Robinson. Friends and family are invited to Shirley’s wake at the Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home,15Miller Street, Medfield, from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, May 30. Funeral services are at the Funeral Home on Friday, May 31 at 11:00 AM. Those who wish to do so may make a donation in Shirley’s name to the Medfield Food Cupboard, PO Box 172, Medfield, MA 02052 or online at the Food Cupboard websitewww.medfieldfoodcupboard.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Service

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 11:00am
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Interment

    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Private Condolence

Greg Hurd

Posted at 09:00am
Growing up in Medfield and having the good fortune of having Chuck Sullivan as one of my best friends, i often saw Mrs. Sullivan. Every single time I saw her, she showed that she was always happy to see me. I have great memories and great respect for her. My life is better for having known Mrs. Sullivan and all the Sullivans!

Donna Woody

Posted at 10:00pm
Chuck, Chris, Scott & Nancy,
Your Mom had a wonderful way of making people feel like they were the only ones, something she passed on to all of you! May you find peace in your memories of her and in the love you shared.
With Love and Fondness,
The Woody's

Peggy Joyce

Posted at 02:08pm
Shirley and Helen Smallwood were our first teachers at Medfield Children’s Center. We were blessed to have 2 amazing and caring women on our staff
Shirley-Sullivan made a mark on everyone she met with her kindness. It sadden me to hear of her passing but now she will be with Charley. Peggy Joyce

Eileen DeSorgher

Posted at 12:03am
With sympathy to "Sully's" - Nancy, Chris, Scott, Chuck and families. I have many fond memories of your mom- an amazing artist and a truly kind, classy and pleasant person. May Mrs. Sullivan rest in peace and comfort forever!

I too miss your mom. Wishing all of you much Peace, Comfort and Faith.


Deborah Dauphinee

Posted at 11:57am
I remember Shirley as always kind and inviting when I was over the Sullivan’s home. She will be greatly missed
Deb Dauphinee

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