Sylvia May "Sis" Sullivan

December 18, 1924 - January 26, 2020
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Sylvia (Sis) May Sullivan, age 95, died of natural causes on January 26, 2020 in Marana, AZ.  Sylvia was born December 18, 1924 to Perry and Eva Stevens in Kawkawlin, MI.   During WWII, with her family now in Detroit, she contributed to the war effort by working in a factory that made aluminum turrets for airplanes.  Yes, she was the family’s own “Rosie the Riveter”.   After the war Sylvia socialized at The Grande Ballroom on Grand River.  Here, she met a handsome recently discharged soldier, Gerald (Jerry) Sullivan.  They were married September 13, 1947 at St Agnes in the LaSalle Park neighborhood of Detroit, MI.

Sis and Jerry were married for 44 years and lived their lives in Detroit, Waterford and Levering, Michigan. They raised a family of six with Sylvia a stay at home mother.  Sylvia was preceded in death by her beloved, Gerald in 1991 and her son Steven Sullivan in 2018.  She is survived by sons, Timothy (Debbie) Sullivan, Marana, AZ; Patrick Sullivan, Tucson, AZ; Michael (Denise) Sullivan, Clarkston, MI; James Sullivan, Marana, AZ and a daughter, Christine Marsh, Essexville, MI.  Sylvia was blessed with nine loving grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Sis deeply loved her extended family.  She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and two of her ten siblings; Jeneva Lozen and Diane Jeske of Michigan.

Sylvia will be laid to rest in St Clements Cemetery, Pellston, MI later this year.  Family and friends will be notified when a memorial mass is scheduled.

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Born: December 18, 1924
Died: January 26, 2020

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Mary Kay Watters posted on 2/3/20

To my cousins and their families; May the Lord comfort each of you and guide you thru what I know first-hand to be a difficult time, and trying and sad whilst mourning for the loss of your Mother.? I heard something said just the other day about the homeless, and it stuck with me I was wishisg I had heard it when my mom passed and I am going to share it here, now, with all of you. I hope you find some comfort in it. God Bless you all. ? ?"We here are all homeless, we were all put here to help one another and to better one another and to love one another until we are called to our home in Heaven where GOD's love will reign over us forever."? Bless you Aunt Sally, and Welcome Home!? Love you all always, Mary Kay?


Dee Dee Lassen posted on 1/31/20

Sorry to hear of Sis's passing. I have such wonderful memories dating back to the 1950's. The cottage, reunions and weddings and just wonderful family visits. She will always be remembered with loving thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all.


Candice Kukla posted on 1/31/20

Aunt Sis will be dearly missed. She was a wonderful aunt and great aunt to me and my children. Will never forget visiting her at her home in levering MI. She always loved the company. Always a lovely smile on her face and a great big hug. We will miss this on earth but I know she went to heaven with the smile on her face and had her arms open to embrace the lord. Thanks for the great memories Aunt Sis. Our prayers are with her family.