Therese M. (Terry) Sullivan
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AGE: 81 • Tucson, AZ and Bay Head, NJ
Therese M. Sullivan (Terry), of Tucson, AZ and Bay Head, NJ, formerly from Short Hills, NJ, passed peacefully on April 16, 2013 after a long battle with multiple strokes. Terry grew up In Johnstown, PA and was one of ten children. She moved to Philadelphia in 1954 to work in Human Resources for the First Pennsylvania Company and then married her loving husband of 57 years, James E. Sullivan. After putting Jim through college and helping him earn his degree at LaSalle University, Terry and Jim moved from Philadelphia to Boston, back to Philadelphia and then to New Jersey. Terry followed her five children through school as a front office manager of both Glenwood Elementary School and Millburn High School. Once they completed their K-12 education, Terry became the office manager of Northwestern Mutual. Besides those with her husband Jim, her most precious life moments centered on her five children, and their growing families. As a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, inspiration and friend. Terry has had a significant influence on many. Her kindness, generosity, and passion for all that is good and right will be long-lasting in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
Terry is survived by her loving husband, James E. Sullivan and her only living sibling, Rose Collins. Terry's children, Tracy Benson (Bryan), Tierney, James (Kim), Tory (Drew Warren), Mark (Elsa) Sullivan and their families recognize the blessing of Terry as their remarkable mother who loved unconditionally. Her seven grandchildren, Tyler and Bryan Benson, Zachary Sullivan-Pickett, Mackenzie and James Sullivan, Jesse Warren and Colt Sullivan hold Grammy Terry in their hearts and will always feel comforted by her love and support.
A service in honor of Terry will be held at 12 noon Saturday, July 20 at Church Of The Sacred Heart, 751 Main Ave., Bay Head, NJ. Casual attire.
Published in Asbury Park Press on July 14, 2013