Mary E. (Purchello) Sullivan

June 8, 1934 ~ May 7, 2020 (age 85)

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Mary Elizabeth Sullivan (Purchello), June 8, 1934-May 7, 2020. A resident of Reading MA. Mom joins her husband Bill in heaven. Mom passed after a brief encounter with COVID-19, she died peacefully in her sleep, having been under the care of the dedicated staff of the Winchester hospital and the staff of the Residence at Pearl St. She is survived by her three sons Bill Jr. of California, Daniel and John of Reading and their spouses, Connie, Susan and Mary. Mom shared her sense of adventure, wisdom and a common-sense approach to life with her three grandchildren Laura, Megan and Kelly. Her face always lit up when she saw them. She was so proud of their accomplishments. 

 Mom was an avid swimmer, instilling a love for the ocean in her children with weekend trips to Nahant Beach and vacations at Hampton Beach.  For many years Mom could often be found knitting mittens, sweaters and blankets for the family.  Mom’s devotion to her faith was evident in her years working with the Medical Missionaries of Mary and her weekly attendance at mass as a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Reading.   A celebration of life, and a memorial mass will be held this Fall.  Mom, as Mother’s Day approaches please know you have given us so much. Our hearts are full.  Much love Bill, Dan, John and all your family and friends-you will be missed.   

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