JoEllyn (Ryan) Sullivan

May 18th, 2017

JoEllyn (Ryan) Sullivan, age 62, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 18, 2017.

JoEllyn was the beloved wife of John “Jay” Sullivan, devoted mother of Kerri Burke & her husband Bryon, Katie Sullivan and the late Jay Jay Sullivan all of Wilmington. Loving “Nan” of Aidan and Gavin Burke, dear daughter of Carolyn (Quinlan) Ryan and the late James E. Ryan of Hanover (formerly of Cambridge), sister of Caryl O’Brien of North Reading, Jean Ryan of East Bridgewater, Janet O’Connor of Wilmington and James Ryan of Hanover. JoEllyn is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, May 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, May 22nd from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Nan’s Circle of Hope Foundation, c/o Lowell Five Bank, 270 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

JoEllyn was a dedicated nurse at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge for 40 years.


54 Entries in Guest Book for “JoEllyn (Ryan) Sullivan”

  1. Dr. Edward J. Tynan Ed. D says:

    Please accept our sympathy and prayers for you and your family.
    You helped me so many times in Barnstable
    You must have many memories of love with your loving wife
    Ed and Muriel Tynan

  2. Jean Kelsey & Debbie (Kelsey) Howard says:

    Carolyn, Mom & I send our deepest Sympathy to you all at this most difficult time. I prayed that JoEllyn would recover & if that was not God’s will that he at least gave her strength, & comfort to take her journey home. We have many happy memories as we look back at our times in Corcoran Park. Mom sends her love & sorry she is not able to make the services for JoEllyn. Our thoughts, prayers & love are with you all & hope you find comfort in knowing she is at peace now & no longer suffering. May she rest in peace.

  3. Laura Moylon says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of JoEllyn’s family. I met JoEllyn when I worked at Mount Auburn Hospital where we often shared out love of cruises and would talk about who was going where next. I loved our conversations and will always remember her zest for life. May her memory live deep in your heart as it will in mine.

  4. Elvio Rebolo says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Hold on to the good memories.

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