Mary Ann Sullivan

  • Born: November 23, 1940
  • Died: November 12, 2016
  • Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

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3545 N. Bendix Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628

Tel. (574) 277-4444

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Ann (Wilson) Sullivan, aged 75, of Schubert Villa, Notre Dame, IN, died on November 12, 2016, after a long struggle with cancer.

Mary was born on November 23, 1940, to Frederick X. Wilson and Mary F. (Sullivan) Wilson, in Washington, D.C. Her parents and her brother Thomas preceded her in death. She is survived by her brother Robert (Kathleen), her sister-in-law, Margaret Wilson, and by four half-siblings, Mary Katherine Wilson, Daniel (Ana) Wilson, Sarah (Carlos) Hernandez, and David (Sarah) Wilson.

On September 8, 1962, in College Park, Maryland she married James A. Sullivan, who survives. Together they enjoyed 54 happy years of marriage. Jim and Mary have three children, Kate (Matt) Barrett, of South Bend, IN; John (Courtney) Sullivan, of Carmel, IN; Martha (Mark) Rode, of Park Ridge, IL; and eleven grandchildren: Kevin, Sam, Elle, Wilson, Reilly, Luke, Walker, Elizabeth, Erik, Maggie and Griffin. She is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews Mary (Erica Winter) Wilson, Maura (Matt) Schneider, and Jim (Tamara) Wilson; Meaghan and Tom Wilson; Ryan Russ; Cameron, Bradley, Samantha and Abby Hernandez; Xavier and Sofia Wilson and three -- with one on the way -- great-nieces and nephews.

Mary graduated from The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, MD and Dunbarton College in Washington, D.C., both ministries of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. During 27 years of family life in Evanston, IL, and 25 years in Bridgman, MI, Mary volunteered her considerable artistic and organizational gifts with her family's parishes and schools as well as local libraries and quilting guilds. Wholeheartedly devoted to her children and grandchildren, she attended countless sporting events, shows, concerts and school functions from kindergartens through colleges. Throughout two generations of fandom, she came to know her children's and grandchildren's friends and was among their most reliable and enthusiastic cheerleaders as well.

Her Catholic faith was very important to her throughout her life, shaped by her family and by school and parish communities at St. Anthony, Washington, DC; St. Mark, Hyattsville, MD; St. Athanasius, Evanston, IL; and St. John/St. Bernard, Benton Harbor, MI. Most recently, she loved serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and participating in a small faith community with Jim and other couples from St. Bernard. In May, 2016, Mary and Jim moved to Holy Cross Village, where she joined the 11:30 Mass community as often as she was able, and remained grateful for the warm welcome she received from the Brothers of Holy Cross and the rest of the Holy Cross Village family.

Mary's family would like to thank Dr. Rafat Ansari and Ms. Brandee Flagg, NP, of Michiana Hematology and Oncology; Dr. Alice Isaacson; the compassionate staffs of Wellbrooke of South Bend, Holy Cross Village and Senior1Care, as well as the many family members and friends who cared for Mary so generously and faithfully throughout her illness.

There will be a private interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame IN; details of a Memorial Mass for Mary will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make donations in her honor to the Readiness Center, 347 Catalpa Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022, the Women's Care Center, 360 N. Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617, or to the charitable organization of your choice.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mary was always so nice to us when we visited. I remember that last great dinner in the Italian restaurant when it took us 4 great hours of conversation to finish it.


Posted by Allan Swegle - Everett, WA   November 19, 2016

It was so nice knowing Mary. She was a beautiful person and a wonderful addition to the Berrien Towne Quilters. She will be sorely missed. No more pain for her.
Corinne Gramberg

Posted by A friend   November 16, 2016

My deepest sympathy to all the family. Mary was one of the sweetest of friends. Such an elegant and genteel lady. She will be greatly missed by all of us at the Berrien Towne & Country Quilters.

Posted by Irene Pearson - HARBERT, MI   November 16, 2016

Even with our great sadness, there is joy in knowing she is at peace with her Lord.
My deepest sympathy to the family, I can only imagine your grief at this loss. Mary was a 'quilting' friend and neighbor and you could not find a more elegant or gentle person. She is greatly missed.

Posted by Jolene White - Bridgman, MI   November 16, 2016

Dear Jim and Family,
Working closely with Mary in the early days of Illinois Quilters and again in Michigan through Berrien Towne and Country Quilters as guild librarians has been a long and deep pleasure. Mary's grace and kindness is a model for us all. Mary's courage over the past difficult years was remarkable; her support through my own illness brought us even closer in spirit. Words cannot express my profound sadness and sense of loss. My heart goes out to you, Jim, and to her family. May you find some peace and comfort in knowing how well she was loved.

Posted by Marion Huyck - Stevensville, MI   November 16, 2016

We were blessed to have Mary as a friend and neighbor in Evanaton. Recall that she grocery shopped weekly for my sister who had 3 kids under 3. Her gentle spirit enriched us.

Posted by Vikki Proctor - Evanston, IL - Friend   November 15, 2016

Dear Jim and family,
I am so very sorry. There is much I admired, having Mary as my neighbor; her kindness, strength, talent and genuine zest for life. She instilled those same qualities in her family, who I've had the honor of getting to know. These are memories I will hold dear. A special hug for you Jim.

Posted by Carol Horvath - Bridgman, MI   November 15, 2016


Dear Sullivan Family,

Please know my heart is with you. I have many fond memories of your mom/wife. She was a steady hand and calm voice for me during the chaotic years of high school. I learned many lessons from her that I have tried to incorporate in my life.

with much love and regard,

Amy Bennett Shea

Posted by Amy Bennett Shea - Atlanta, GA - Friend   November 14, 2016