Elaine F. (Sullivan) Gottlander

January 25th, 2021

Elaine F. Gottlander (Sullivan), age 76, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2021, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Elaine was born in Somerville, MA, on September 21, 1944; she was raised and educated in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

Elaine married her “sweetheart” and best friend John Gottlander over 53 years ago; the couple bought their dream home in Wilmington where they raised two wonderful children Kris and John. Elaine was a wonderful wife and mother; she did everything for her family and was often seen at her children’s school and sporting events. Elaine’s role as “Grammy” to Nicolas, Makayla and Madison, was one she treasured; her grandchildren brought great joy to her life and she loved spending time with them.

Elaine always looked forward to summers spent at the cottage on Cape Cod where she loved boating, going to the beach and watching her children, nieces, nephews, extended family enjoy themselves. Elaine’s family and friends had many wonderful times together on the Cape; making countless memories to be shared for generations.

Elaine was a hard worker and a valued employee at the Raytheon Company for many years. She worked as an administrative assistant at Raytheon in Andover and then was transferred over to the Tewksbury location where she worked in the Japan Patriot Program Office. Elaine had a great personality, she was friendly, kind and helpful towards her co-workers. Elaine loved the people she worked with and many of them became long-time friends that she considered family.

In her spare time, Elaine, looked forward to the time she spent with her family and friends, she was a “whiz” at puzzles and always had one going on the dining room table and she was always up for a friendly game of golf.

Elaine will be remembered as a wonderful lady, friendly, kind and caring; she had an endearing personality and a beautiful smile. Elaine was always there to help her family and friends, they were her world. Elaine touched all who knew her and she will be forever in their hearts.

Elaine was the beloved wife of 53 years to John Gottlander, devoted mother of Kris Gentile & her husband Antonio of East Bridgewater, MA and the late John Gottlander. Loving “Grammy” of Nicolas, Makayla and Madison Gentile, cherished daughter of the late Edward and Ruth (Fidler) Sullivan, step-daughter of the late Helen Sullivan. Dear sister of Ann Pannesi & her husband Ron of North Carolina, the late Kevin Sullivan and his late wife Nancy of Wilmington, the late Edward Sullivan and his wife Ruth of Dracut and the late Ruth Vale and her late husband Leonard of New Hampshire. Elaine is also survived by many special nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, January 28th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Elaine will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 29th at 11:00 a.m. followed by an interment at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. All guests are required to wear masks while in the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Elaine’s memory to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “Elaine F. (Sullivan) Gottlander”

  1. Kris O’Brien says:

    My heart breaks at the loss of my dear Aunt Elaine. She holds a very special place in my heart now and forever. Love and prayers to Uncle John, Kris and the kids! Know that she will be watching and loving from above and completely pain free!

  2. Margsret says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Gottlander passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Margaret, Matt, Brianna & Colby.

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