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Sheila Sullivan

Service Date: May 20, 2020
Visitation Info: Linnemann Funeral Home Erlanger
Interment Info: St. John Cemetery – Ft. Mitchell, KY
Service Info: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
Service Info

Sheila Sullivan (nee McAlister), 83, of Crescent Springs, KY passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Christ Hospital, in Cincinnati, OH.  Sheila was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on October 15, 1936 to the late William and Elizabeth (O’Mullan) McAlister. During her life, Sheila obtained a master’s degree and worked as a nurse or nurse practitioner at various hospitals including St. Luke, St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth Hospice and Home Health. A devout Catholic, she was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, serving as a reader at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and an active volunteer for many ministries.  Sheila was a tenacious woman with a mischievous sense of humor who wasn’t afraid to laugh at herself.  Starting in 1960, she raised eight happy and respectful children who are in the process of raising 13 happy and respectful grandchildren.  Through her loving engagement with others, she touched countless lives. Married 60 years, her true and joyful love for Peter and her family was an example to many.  Sheila loved to travel but was happiest in rural Maine, where she lived for 13 years after retirement.  She relished the natural beauty of the Down East from the vantage of mountain trails and boats.  Sheila was preceded in death by a sister Betty Burns, brother William McAlister, sister Kathleen Brigham, sister Harriett Hartdorn, and brother Donald McAlister. She is survived by her husband Peter Sullivan of Crescent Springs, KY, children: Mary Sullivan (Rodger Chemnick) of San Francisco, CA, Peter Sullivan (Kathie) of Wauwatosa, WI, Daniel Sullivan of Boone, NC, Noreen Sullivan (Michael Guarasci) of Cincinnati, OH, Meg Walters (Brion) of Cincinnati, OH, Eileen Gumbert (Fred) of Cincinnati, OH, Terry Sullivan (John Myers), and Catherine Pamelard (Christophe) of Hamden, CT, grandchildren: Caitlin Sullivan, Alexandra Sullivan, Brenna Cafeo, Katie Guarasci, Lydia McGuire, Natalie Sullivan, Teddy Sullivan, Christopher Guarasci, Anna Walters, Marc Pamelard, Joe Walters, Audrey Pamelard, and Dominic Walters, and a sister Liz McAlister of New London, CT. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from 6pm until 8pm at Linnemann Funeral Home in Erlanger, KY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10am at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, KY. Interment will be at St. John Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell, KY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Comboni Missionaries 1318 Nagel Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45255.  Online condolences can be made at Guests are encouraged to wear masks and please be prepared for additional wait times due to capacity restrictions.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Linnemann Funeral Home Erlanger

30 Commonwealth Avenue
10:00 am

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

1140 Madison Avenue Covington, KY

St. John Cemetery – Ft. Mitchell, KY

Address: 1 St. John Rd Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Sheila Sullivan


My work out friend

Sheila had such a loving personality, it was very easy to enjoy her company. She was so interested in my occupation as a blackjack dealer. You lifted me up many times, just with your uplifting presence. You left a lasting impression on me and I sure many others. Prayers for you Peter
Amanda (Mandy)

Great neighbor and parishioner

Sheila and Peter Sullivan are neighbors in Emerald Springs. I also had the honor of being with them for discussion groups and celebrations at Mother of God Church in Covington. Dave Boyle

Deepest Sympathy

Dear Sullivan Family:
Please know both myself and my family are praying for you all of you. Sheila, wife, mother, grandmother, is now with Jesus Croat, Lord and Savior. She is home.
May the grief at your loss be made easier by knowing she is in Heaven now and that you are supported by family& friends who love and are praying for you.

Julia Welsh Lundy

Condolences to the Sullivans

I only met Sheila Sullivan once, but I know how special she was through my close friendship with her daughter, Terry Sullivan. For 20 years of friendship, I have heard my friend speak of her mother often, and through that I have heard the love and light that Sheila has contributed to the planet. It is remarkable to me that she and her spouse Peter have created a family that is large and diverse and yet so very close-knit. My heart goes out to all members of the family for your loss.

Sending Love and Comfort to Peter and Family

Sheila was a beautiful person and an absolute joy to be around. I was blessed to have known her over the past few years. I just loved her sense of humor and her smile simply lit up the room! Her love for Peter and her family was such an inspiration. She would often share stories about her children and grandchildren with me and she was always so very proud of each of them. Sheila was an absolute gem who will truly be missed by all who had the great pleasure of knowing her. Sending Love and Comfort, Rachelle Starnes

To The Sullivan Family

I write this with sadness in my heart. As I go back and remember your family, there is so much happiness. I will never forget everything you did for me. Your mother will be missed. All my love, Ron “Bubba ” Lorbach

Prayers for Pete and family

I had the pleasure of working with Sheila in her pulmonary rehab group. She was always a ray of sunshine. She will be missed.

In honor of Noreen’s mom

Although I did not have the privilege of knowing Sheila, I know her daughter, Noreen, and I can only imagine the love and care that must have gone into Noreen’s upbringing in order to create such a gentle soul who is a tremendous light for others. In memory of all of Sheila’s contributions to this world, a donation has been made in her honor to Comboni Missionaries.
Godspeed and much love,
Krista Taylor