PEORIA – Marie W. Sullivan, 85, of Peoria died at 7:42 a.m. Friday, March 19, 2010, at St. John’s Hospital.
She was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Winnebago County, the daughter of Lester J. and Marie Wright. She married William T. Sullivan on June 28, 1948; he preceded her in death on June 25, 2004.
She also was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Valeriy Melenko.
She is survived by four sons, Robert Dennis Sullivan of Jacksonville, Fla., William Geoffery Sullivan of Atlanta, Ga., John Patrick (Marina) Sullivan of Jackson, Tenn., and Stephen Matthew (Sherri) Sullivan of Springfield; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Butterfield of northern Illinois.
Marie was a resident of Springfield for three months. She previously had resided in Peoria since 1965. She was a homemaker.
Marie was a graduate of the University of Iowa. She enjoyed bird watching and gardening and was an avid reader. She was a fundraiser for the American Heart and American Cancer societies. Marie was proud to have raised four successful sons.
Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home. Private family services will be held.
Memorials may be made to public radio station WCBU 89.9, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625.
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