Catherine Barnes Sullivan

  • Born: June 6, 1918
  • Died: March 24, 2009
  • Location: Mantua, New Jersey

McGuinness Funeral Home

573 Egg Harbor Rd.
Washington Twp.
Sewell, NJ 08080
Tel. (856) 845-0888

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sullivan, Catherine B. (nee Barnes) of Mantua, NJ on March 24, 2009. Aged 90 years.


A stylish and stunning woman, Catherine's remarkable creative talents transcended the art world. As an illustrator of children's and religious items, Catherine was employed with both Hallmark and American Greetings and enjoyed artistic competition with such notables as Winston Churchill. Life for Catherine was never limited, as evidenced by her love of family, her faith and devotion to parish family of the Church of the Incarnation. Catherine was the aunt everyone wished they had.


Catherine is the loving wife of the late Roger F. Sullivan; devoted sister of Virginia Worthington and her husband John. Predeceased by her parents, Esther (nee Ryan) and William Barnes and her siblings Esther B. (William) Monroe, Elen B. (Robert) Rittenhouse and William J. Barnes; dearest Aunt to many.

Farewell Service

Relatives and Friends may call Saturday from 9:30 to 10:45 Am in the Church of the Incarnation, 240 Main St., Mantua, NJ 08051, where a funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM.

Interment Wenonah Cemetery, Mantua. In lieu of flowers donations to the Church at the above address or to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300 Marlton, NJ 08053.

Arrangements under the direction of the McGuinness Funeral Home, Woodbury (800-993-0888). Tributes and memories may be shared by clicking HERE.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Childhood was a time of bedtime stories read by my Mom to my sister and me. It was my connection to the fairies, little people, animals, fantasy and magic. Years later when I was in my 40's, at a library booksale amidst hundreds of books, it was the childrens section I went to. There the cover of a book caught my eye - I bought it and when I got home and began to read it I remembered it as one my mom used to read to us. The book is Let's Pretend with the lovliest pictures imaginable. Truly magic and fantasy. Now I am 68 years old and I still treasure this book. I love the words and the stories as much as the illustrations, it is true, but for a child and the part of me that is still in touch with the magic of childhood - it's the illustrations that can carry me instantly in to that world of fantasy without a word being spoken. I wish I could thank Catherine for all the hours of wonder and happiness her illustrations have brought to me. Still I know that "where she is "--Catherine receives this message. And I'd like to tell her that her illustrations also inspired me and encouraged me to try my hand at doing a little art work myself. That too is a gift from her. So thank you Catherine Barnes Sullivan. Bless your spirit. Vaya con Dios.

Posted by candi Browne - Truth or Consequences, NM - a fan of her illustrations   March 02, 2012


Catherine this candle is in memory of you wonderful talents, God so richly bestowed upon you.

Posted by Rob Campbell    November 13, 2009

I always wanted to say Thank You to Catherine, who illustrated the Whitman Giant Tell A Book "The Night Before Christmas". I have had this book since 1964 and it is so beatuiful. I will always love that book, and keep it close to my heart. Thank you Catherine,I know you are in Gods arms.

God Bless


Posted by Rob - KY   October 02, 2009

i started over a year ago helping take care of catherine, i was working with home instead senior care and catherine was my one and only client. it started out as a job, then very quickly we became friends, she has taught me many things, that i will never forget, we laughed we sang, played cards, listend to books on tape, and she let me give her a manicure and yes even a pedicure. i miss her very much, i thank god ginny and home instead seniore care for bringing her in to my life. love annamae

Posted by annamae - wenonah, NJ   April 06, 2009

Catherine was our first friend at Incarnation Church. She was such lady always. We so enjoyed the many stories she would tell of her life, as Roger would sit quietly and beam. Catherine, you're reunited with your love now. To her family whom she adored, our most sincere condolences.
The Girls

Posted by Jan & Lin - West Deptford, NJ   April 06, 2009

Please accept my deepest condolences to the family of Catherine B Sullivan. I and the staff at Wachovia Trust will miss her deeply.

Michael Cifuni

Posted by Michael Cifuni - Philadelphia, PA   April 06, 2009