2012-08-16 / Obituaries

Anne Sullivan

Anne Johnston Sullivan, 84, of Asylum Township, PA, passed away on Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born on May 9, 1928 in Towanda, she was the daughter of the late G. Gwin and Cornelia D. Johnston. On Oct. 6, 1951, she married William (Bill) Sullivan and they were happily married for 54 years until his passing in 2006.

She grew up in Towanda and was a graduate of Towanda Area High School, Class of 1947. She settled in Macedonia on the Sullivan family farm and continued to live there until she passed. After high school she went to work at North Penn Power Company before taking time off to raise her two daughters. She eventually rejoined the workforce in 1969 in the treasurer’s office where she became the tax claim deputy director and account clerk, and retired after 25 years of service to the county in 1994. Anne was Asylum Township secretary for many years and served on the county Board of Elections for Asylum Township.

Throughout the years she became an avid sports fan, never missing volleyball, basketball or softball games her daughters played in. Her attendance of sporting events continued through the years as she cheered on the teams her daughters coached or the games in which her grandchildren, nieces and nephews participated. She enjoyed the company of her neighbors and friends through various activities such as bowling, card club and luncheons. She enjoyed spending time working in her garden, cooking in the kitchen and hosting family celebrations, which are passions she passed to her daughters.

Mrs. Sullivan was a member of SS. Peter and Paul’s Parish, the Altar and Rosary Society and the Towanda Gun Club. She volunteered for the Wysox Firemen's Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Barrett of Athens and Mary Alice Sullivan of Towanda; grandchildren, Kelly (Kate) Barrett of Athens and Kerry (Joseph) Bocko of Horseheads, NY; great-grandson, Kellan Thomas Barrett of Athens; sisters-in-law, Rhea Johnston and Margaret (Tom) Murphy of Geneva, NY, and many special nieces and nephews, especially Jim, Ray, John and Walt Sullivan and Anne Cowling.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband; her parents; brother, William Lane Johnston; sister, Mary Gwin (Thomas) Cowling; brothers-in-law, Francis (Mary) Sullivan, Jack Sullivan; sisters-in-law, Florance (Joe) Reagan, Loretta (Roland) Perry, Mary Helen (Albert) Thomas, and son-in-law, Thomas Barrett.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Aug. 20 at the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third Street, Towanda, with the Rev. Edward Michelini, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Recitation of the Rosary will be held Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wysox Fire Company, 111 Lake Road, PO Box 2, Wysox, PA 18854, or SS. Peter and Paul’s Parish, 106 Third Street, Towanda, PA 18848 in Anne Johnston Sullivan’s memory.


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