Susan L. Sullivan

March 23rd, 2021

Sullivan, Susan Lee, age 73, of Philadelphia, PA passed away on March 20, 2021.  Daughter of the late James and Jane (Scollins) Sullivan of Boston, MA.  Sister of Nancy Demerjian and husband Dennis of South Dennis, MA, and Jim O’Sullivan and his wife Mary Donahue of West Hartford, CT.  Susan is also survived by her niece Erin, husband Philippe and Maya Genereux of Milton, MA, her niece Meghan, husband Chris, Corina and Cami Pagliuco of Essex CT, her niece Shanna O’ Sullivan and Tiernan O’Sullivan of Jamaica, VT, nephew Patrick O’ Sullivan and niece Moira O’Sullivan of West Hartford, CT and many, many beloved and dear friends.

Susan was a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Waterbury, CT.  She was a proud 1970 graduate of Cabrini University in Radnor, PA and cherished her Cabrini sisters very much.  Susan was joyful working in San Francisco, CA for many years as a Corporate Event Planner for Shaklee Corporation and “Surfer” adored living with the best roommates around, who remained lifelong friends.  Susan moved back to the East Coast and lived in Boston for several years, working on various political campaigns, where she thrived on activity and conversation.  Susan adored her time in Boston with friends socializing and volunteering for the Fenway News.  In 1994, Susan returned to Philadelphia and worked in grants management at Drexel University, where she befriended many young graduate students and served as a ‘mother hen’ to many in the labs, until her retirement.

Susan loved to sing, dance and laugh and she was always sharing her energy and zest for life with others.  A passionate advocate for the less fortunate and a thoughtful volunteer, she devoted countless hours to help others at the Broad Street Ministry.  A fervent reader and exceptional writer, she was dedicated to public access and treasured the local library, wherever she lived.

Due to COVID-19, a memorial celebration of her life will be organized when it is safe to do so.  If you would like to make a contribution in Susan’s memory, please consider making a gift to the Philadelphia Public Library, PO BOX 7512, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7512.