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Obituary: Jeannine "Minky" Sullivan, 1928-2015, Essex Jct.

Published May 11, 2015 at 4:00 a.m.
Updated May 13, 2015 at 10:11 p.m.


Jeannine "Minky" Sullivan passed away peacefully May 8, 2015 after a long and beautiful life. She was born November 2, 1928 in St. Chrysostome, Canada. Jeannine married the love of her life, Thomas John Sullivan, on September 13, 1952 in Potsdam, New York. After raising eight children, Jeannine worked at JC Penny and made many wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her son Michael in 2003, her husband Thomas in 2007, and her daughter Denise in 2008. She is survived by her children Donna McDonald (husband Geoff), Monica Sullivan, Marie Sullivan, Mark Sullivan (wife Leila), David Sullivan, Diane Sullivan (husband Matt Thorsen), her daughter-in-law "Pamula" Sullivan, and her grandchildren Stephen Bevilacqua, Sarah, Hannah, and Rachel Cronin, Caitlin Sullivan, Alex McDonald, and Mike and Tommy Sullivan. Jeannine loved her family, trips to Hawaii to visit her "little sweethearts," calling her daughters to discuss the most recent episodes of House and Law and Order, gallivanting, crocheting and other crafts, Saint Andre, square dancing, all cookies (except for Lorna Doones), Lawrence Welk, watching her soaps, and most of all the Annual Sully Open Golf Tournament honoring the life of her son Michael. The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at the Green Mountain Nursing Home and a slew of other relatives, friends, pets, and neighbors whose lives she touched by being the kind and generous woman that she was.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7PM Thursday May 14, 2015 at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. Winooski. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10AM Friday May 15 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Burlington. Minky's favorite color was purple, and her family would like to request that funeral attendees wear purple or other happy colors. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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