Katherine E. "Kay" Sullivan Print E-mail

Katherine E. “Kay” Sullivan

Retired Chelmsford school teacher; 

 Katherine E. “Kay” (Moran) Sullivan, 90, a longstanding resident of Chelmsford, died on Wednesday, February 22nd at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford. She was the beloved wife of the late T. John “Jack” Sullivan who died in 1996.
  Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 14, 1927, a daughter of the late Francis and the late Katherine (Fitzgerald) Moran she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Saint Patrick's Girls High School.
 Eager to further her education, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree
in teaching from Lowell State Teachers College and then her Master’s Degree in teaching from Fitchburg State College. 
  Early in her career Kay taught in Amherst and Belmont school systems and at Boston College. Once her children reached school age, she went on to teach in the Chelmsford school system for over 30 years. To this day there are many of her former students that claim she was the greatest teacher they ever had.
 An accomplished pianist who loved to play for many, Kay also had a tremendous passion for gardening as well as spending time with her family.
  Kay is survived by her two daughters Patricia Hohl & her husband Jeffrey of Framingham, MA and Katherine Collopy & her husband Richard of Durham, NH; and her son Timothy J. Sullivan, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Lowell; 13 grandchildren, one great grandson; two sisters Eileen Duffy and her husband Edward and Carole Conrad and her husband John Jr. all of Chelmsford, MA; and many nieces and nephews. 
 She is predeceased by her sister Mary Moran Keon, and brother-in-law Edward "Harry" Keon. 
  Special recognition and heartfelt thanks to the entire staff of both Sunny Acres Nursing Home and Beacon Hospice for their wonderful care and service during Katherine's life. 
  Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher in Lowell from 2 to 5 P.M Sunday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com.Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Home Base, MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.  Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768.
Condolences (11)
  • Brad and Linda Emerson
    Dear Timmy, Patti and Katie, We are so saddened to hear of your mom's death. We have fond memories of many wonderful evenings with Kay and Jack and the Duffys. They always included great food ( maybe a little alcohol!) many laughs and just great fun, and always ended with singing around the piano while Kay played. We are sorry to miss her services, but please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of a life well-lived. The Emersons
  • Moira Greene  - Remembering beloved Aunt Kay
    We are so sorry to say good bye to dear Aunt Kay. Our condolences to Patti, Tim and Kate and their extended families. Sympathies also to Aunt Carole and Uncle Jack, to Aunt Eileen and Uncle Buddy. Aunt Kay was always one of our favourites. Recollections of her kindness, warmth and good humour form an endearing part of my childhood memories. But most especially, I remember her love of the piano and the joy she spread by her playing. Though I'm sure her repertoire was quite wide, including many classic and popular pieces, I will always think of her with greatest fondness playing 'Wringle, Wrangle', a sort of cowboy song that had the line 'a dollar's worth of beans and a new pair of jeans'. It seemed we never tired of hearing it and she never tired of playing it for us. Thanks, Aunt Kay, for all the memories. May you rest happily in love and peace. Moira
  • Kim
    Kay was so loved by her sister Carole and Carole's family as well as her son Timmy. It was clear from the stories I heard about her she was a wonderful, loving woman. Prayers sent
  • Eileen and and John Varoski
    Kathy,Tim and Liam Please accept our deepest sympathy at this time. Be assure of our prayers.
  • Tina Chandria
    My prayers and thought for the entire family.
  • Sheryl Kydd  - Best teacher
    Mrs. Sullivan is one of the few teachers I remember from elementary school days. I loved going to school every day of third grade. She was always well prepared, kind and cared for each one of her students as though we were her sole concern in life. There was never another one like her, for me anyway. Condolences to her family and friends. Rest in peace, Mrs. Sullivan.
  • Pat Connor  - Fellow Chelmsford Teacher
    Upon entering the teaching profession, one of the most influential fellow teachers was Kay. Her wit and knowledge had a way of making the most difficult and stressful situations moments to remember in a cherished manner. She was "class" as a teacher, as well as a person. I had the honor of seeing Kay a few years ago and was not surprised how much she remembered from way back and into the present. May she join her beloved Jack and rest happily in peace, and may her family always remember the love she had for all.
  • Sheila and Michael McTigue and  - Sheila is Kays niece
    Fond memories of Kay and Jack and the time we had together in Dingle, in the old country. "Here's where the wild eagle knows it's own freedom And fishermen's boats make their way by Dingle Bay "
  • Sheila and Michael McTigue and  - Sheila is Kays niece
    Many happy memories of aunt Kay and her late husband Jack, particularly the time we shared in Dingle Co Kerry in Ireland in 1991. " Here's where the wild eagle knows it's own freedom, And fishermen's boats make their way by Dingle Bay "
  • Stephen Boisvert  - Indeed, One of the Greats
    I am honored to be counted among the many former students who loved and have never forgotten the influence Mrs. Sullivan had on our lives. Not only was she a devoted educator, but she demonstrated daily that she cared deeply about every pupil. Whether it was giving an encouraging pat on the back or a (figurative) boot to the butt, she always did it with a wry smile. And if you *did* happen to be on the receiving end of a scolding, she'd take the time to explain why, so you didn't repeat the same mistake. And we ALL looked forward to her year-end pool party! As an adult, I've carried many of her life lessons with me. Now living in Northern California, one of my greatest joys has been driving up to Gold Country and visiting many of the locations we learned about so long ago in classroom 3A, at Westlands School. My deepest condolences to her family. May she rest eternally in God's Love.
  • John Morse
    My condolences to the entire Sullivan family.
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