Joanne “Joanie” (Collins) Sullivan

September 24th, 2013

Joanne (Collins) Sullivan, “Joanie”, age 81, of Tewksbury, formerly a long time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on September 23, 2013, at the Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.

Joanne was born in Boston on February 15, 1932, she was the dear daughter of the late Patrick and Mary E. (Lampro) Collins.  Joanne was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Roxbury, MA.

Joanne married Eugene Sullivan on April 11, 1953, the couple lived in Boston for a short time before moving to Wilmington over 60 years ago where they raised their family of eight children.  Joanne was a very dedicated and loving mother; her family always came first, whether there was a school event, sporting event,  or any other activity that her children were involved in she was always there showing her love and support.

Joanne was a hard worker, for many years she was a billing clerk for Consolidated Freightways and a life member of the Teamsters Local #25 in Charlestown.  Joanne was a great employee, her dedication and loyalty was unwavering and she made many friends at work throughout the years.

Joanne had a competitive side; she was always up for a game of cards with her sisters and dear friends, especially canasta.  She loved to go bowling, or take a trip to Foxwoods or Ocean City, New Jersey where she took her chances at the slot machines.  Joanne would often follow Boston sports; Red Sox, Bruins (she loved her hockey), or Patriots, and she loved to watch professional golf.

Joanne enjoyed traveling with her family and friends, she loved to visit the Cape, go to the beach, and had many fond memories of her trips to her sister’s home in Dennisport, MA.

In later years, Joanne welcomed her role as “Nana” and “Great-Great”, she adored her grandchildren, cherished the time they spent together, and was very proud of each and every one of them.

Joanne will be fondly remembered as a very private and quiet lady, but she had an inner strength that carried her through.    Joanne was a woman of great faith, she trusted in God, and she loved her church.  Joanne was very devoted to her family and friends, she was fiercely loyal and loved unconditionally.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Joanne was the beloved wife of the late Eugene B. Sullivan, devoted mother of John “Jack” Sullivan & his wife Lisa of Fitchburg, Michael Sullivan of San Diego, CA, Mary Harnum & her husband Kirby of Canton, Eileen Costello & her husband John of Tewksbury, Jeremiah Sullivan & his wife Michelle of Pittsburgh, PA, Eugene “Donny” Sullivan of Wilmington, Timothy Sullivan & his wife Kelley of Haverhill, and the late Joanne Sullivan, loving “Nana” of John Patrick, Courtney, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Matthew & his wife Julia, Joanne, Paul, Luke, Kaitlyn & her husband Todd, Thomas, Margaret, Bridget, Meghan, Kayla, Jennifer, Brian, Thomas, and Michael, “Great-Great” of Ericka, Jack, Owen, Hannah, Connor, Lucy, Joseph, Peter, Jude, Madeleine, Andrew, and Maria, dear daughter of the late Patrick and Mary E. (Lampro) Collins, sister of Mary Surran of Tewksbury, Eileen Collins of Weymouth, the late Robert Collins, Rev. Michael “Buddy” Collins, M.M., and Nancy MacDonald.  Joanie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 27th at 11:00 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 12:00 noon.  Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 26th from 5-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Joanne’s name may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn:  Donor Services, P. O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX  75265-0309


14 Entries in Guest Book for “Joanne “Joanie” (Collins) Sullivan”

  1. Kathy & Jack Clugston says:

    To all those who loved Joanie, we send our deepest sympathy in the loss of your belove Mother, Nana, Sister and friend.

  2. Julie and Chris Pozzi says:

    Dear Eileen and Family,
    We just wanted to let you know how very sorry we are for your loss. May you find comfort in those memories that you will cherish today and always.
    Thinking of you,
    Julie and Chris

  3. Joanne Benton says:

    Dear Eileen and Family,

    The entire Wilmington School Community sends their love and support to you during this difficult time. Our sincere sympathy to you over the loss of your mother.

    Joanne Benton
    Superintendent of Schools

  4. John Gerhartz says:

    Eileen, John and Family,
    Kris and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, cherish the good times you had with her, may she forever be with you in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family at this difficult time. John and Kris

  5. Linda (Weiler) Hemenway (cousin) says:

    To all of the family. I’m so sorry for the sudden loss of your mom. She was one of my favorite cousins growing up & she will be missed. I have been unable to get back home to Massachusetts at all, due to finances & I miss everyone & New England. One of these days I hope to get back home & hopefully see all of you once again. I saved your mom’s obituary on my computer, as I did with Nancy’s obituary. Betty told me about your mom.

  6. Gary Costello says:

    We wish we could be there with you during this difficult time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know what we can do from Maryland. Hope to see you soon.

  7. Mary McDyer says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Aunty Joanne will always be in our hearts, we will treasure all the happy memories. I was so fortunate to spend time with her which meant the world to me. We are so sorry not to be present on Friday, will be with you in spirit. May Mum Rest In Peace. We will miss her dearly. Love to each member of the family. With Much Love Mary, Vera McDyer & Sullivan family

  8. Patrick Keaton says:

    Eileen, sorry to hear about your mum passing. Thinking of you and your family……

  9. Janet Guazzaloca says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful, kind and patient woman. Growing up, she was always willing to let me make your home my home (as she did with all your friends), and as a co-worker later she was the most patient teacher! She truly enjoyed her life in her later years and she will be missed by many. Much love, the Guazzaloca family

  10. Dot Canniff says:

    Hi Eileen I wish there were some magic words to help you and your family through this sad time. Please know that I am “there” for you now and always and will continue to pray for you all. PEACE Dot Canniff

  11. Catherine says:

    Aunty Joan, “the lady from America”
    Thinking of you all and sending our deepest condolences from Wales x
    Much love
    Cath and Phil
    (McDyer) xxx

  12. Uncle Jerry says:

    So sorry to learn of the loss of your mum.
    You have our heartfelt sympathy. Sure she will be watching over you and forever in your hearts & minds.
    Jerry&Sylvia, Nigel, Jason, Emma, John
    and family
    Yorkshire, England.

  13. paul says:

    so sorry for your loss .we all loved joanie,she will be greatly missed, I am sure she is still playing cards and most likely my fives wild..

  14. Jennifer Hemenway says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Joanie. My love and support goes out to the family.

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