JoEllyn (Ryan) Sullivan

May 18th, 2017

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

JoEllyn was born on July 20, 1954, in Chelsea, MA; she was the daughter of James and Carolyn Ryan. JoEllyn was raised and educated in Cambridge, MA and was a graduate of North Cambridge Catholic High School. JoEllyn went on to further her education at Mount Auburn School of Nursing; earning her degree as a Registered Nurse.

JoEllyn went to work at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge over 40 years ago; she was an excellent nurse who always put her patients care first and foremost. JoEllyn had a great personality and wonderful bedside manor; she made her patients as well as their families very comfortable while they were in her care. JoEllyn also made countless friends with her co-workers throughout her career; she considered them her extended family.

In 1977, JoEllyn married her “best friend” John “Jay” Sullivan; they moved to Wilmington in 1985 and had three beautiful children; Kerri, Jay Jay, and Katie. JoEllyn was a wonderful wife and mother who loved her family with all her heart; they were her world. JoEllyn treasured the time she spent with family; whether it was traveling, going to the beach, or taking in a Red Sox game she enjoyed every minute she spent with family, extended family, and friends. In her spare time, JoEllyn also enjoyed reading a good book and relaxing at home.

JoEllyn will be fondly remembered for her kindness and compassion towards others; she had a great sense of humor and loved to have fun. She was quite a lady who will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.

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.


58 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.

  5. Mark Morris says:


    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


  6. Paul Funk says:

    Sorry for the loss of your loving wife, all I can say is “Hang Tough” been there.

  7. Susan Givens says:

    Jay and family-

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this challenging time in your life.

    Warm Regards, Susan Givens

  8. Paula Rossetti says:

    Jay I’m so sorry for your loss, I was so shocked when I just found out today. if you need anything, or need to talk let me know I live in Wilmington now. My thoughts are with you and your family. I feel so bad, it’s so hard but you & your family will have plenty of support and great memories.

    If you need anything, let me know.


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