PATRICIA F. (HARDY) SULLIVAN -in Woburn, Monday, March 12th. Beloved wife of the late Edward J. Sullivan. Devoted mother of Edward J. Jr. of VA, Charles F. of NH, Michael J. of N. Reading, Mary E. Van Deventer of N. Andover and Joanne Owen of IL. Dear sister of Robert Hardy of Boxborough and the late Francis “Sonny” Hardy and Ethel Wardwell. Loving grandmother of twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one deceased great-grandchild. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, March 17th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Patricia’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Disease Assn., 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or Zoo New England, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121, Attn: Development Office. Please write on check “restrict to Stone Zoo.”
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Patricia F. (Hardy) Sullivan passed away quietly on Monday, March 12, 2007. The beloved wife of the late Edward J. Sullivan, she would have celebrated her 86th birthday on St. Patrick’s Day.
Born, raised, and a nearly life-long resident of Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ethel (Martin) Hardy. She had attended the Woburn schools graduating with the Class of ’39. In 1942 she married her late husband Edward, to whom she was married for thirty-one years. Together they raised five children, attending all of their children’s school functions and athletic events. Her family was the main focus of her life. She devoted herself to her children and as time went on her devotion to her grandchildren was phenomenal. During the summers they would all go to Hampton Beach for fun in the sun, or to local beaches in the North Shore area. During the Christmas season, Mrs. Sullivan would bake gingerbread houses from scratch with her children and later her grandchildren, putting lots of goodies all over the houses. This tradition was carried on for over forty years.
During her lifetime Mrs. Sullivan had a true gift for the arts. Her verses were frequently published in the Woburn Daily Times for every readers pleasure. Her poetry celebrated her family’s and/or her friends’ birthdays, retirement, or just because she thought of them. At one point she used her poetry to mount a challenge to the proposed closing of the Stone Zoo; the Stone Zoo remains open today. She also enjoyed painting with watercolors, beautiful landscapes, flowers, or whatever caught her eye. These she has also shared with her family and friends.
After her children were grown and on their own, Mrs. Sullivan worked for Woburn School Lunch Program. She opened the Shamrock School Cafeteria and served as the head cook for the Shamrock School until her retirement in 1985. This was an adventure that Mrs. Sullivan thoroughly enjoyed, viewing it as an opportunity to impart her wisdom and devotion for children to an entire new school “family.” She truly was the Shamrock School Lunch Lady to the hundreds of children who passed through the Shamrock School. One of her poems still stands prominently in the library of the new Shamrock School as a dedication to one of the former school principals.
Mrs. Sullivan was predeceased by her husband Edward J. Sullivan, who died in 1973, her daughter-in-law Donna Sullivan, brother Francis “Sonny” Hardy, sister Ethel Wardwell, and great-granddaughter Brianna.
She is survived by her children: Edward J. Sullivan of Delaware, Charles F. Sullivan and his wife Aurie of New Hampshire, Mary E. Van Deventer and her husband Hans of North Andover, Joanne A. Owen and her husband Clark of Illinois, and Michael J. Sullivan and his wife Kathy of North Reading. She is also survived by her brother Robert Hardy and his wife Barbara of Florida, in addition to twelve grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, March 17th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Patricia’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472, or Zoo New England, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121, Attn: Development Office. Please write on check, “restrict to Stone Zoo.”