- Last Updated: 13 February 2017
- Published: 02 February 2017
- Written by Gazette Staff
We've lost a bright light here on earth - one that is now shining on us from heaven. Rosaleen Fitzgerald Sullivan was born to Irish immigrants Nellie (Walsh) and James Fitzgerald on March 24, 1923 and was the youngest of three sisters. She would often say "we grew up poor, but we never knew it". Always surrounded by a large extended family they were rich in simple moments, family stories, lifelong friendships, and always a song.
Predeceased by her beloved husband 'Sully" (Warren H Sullivan), and her dear sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and John Hennessey, she leaves to mourn her passing: her sister, Sr. Mary Fitzgerald, CSJ of West Hartford, CT; her children, Eileen Sullivan and husband Dr.Jack Brozna of Denver CO; Dr. James Sullivan and wife Mary of Pawtucket RI, and Rosemary Sullivan and husband Dennis DeCesare of East Hartford, CT; her Grandchildren,Caitlin (Brozna) and husband Matt Smith, Jennifer (Sullivan) and husband Tim Mathien, Sarah Brozna and husband Colin Campbell, Anna Brozna and fiancé' Dietrich Henderson, Michael Hummel, and Luke Sullivan; her great grandchildren, Grace and Cooper Mathien, and many dear cousins and friends.
Rosaleen was a working mom long before that became the norm. During WWII, she was part of the Traveler's secretarial pool. Always fearless, mom showed up to work in bobby socks when nylon stockings were required, but scarce due to the war. She nearly caused a walk-out by the entire pool until management agreed to change the dress code to 'support the war effort'.
Rosaleen's last and favorite job was being part of the Guidance Department team at East Catholic High School for many years. Here she supported so many students complete their college selection and application process - watching them move on to the next exciting chapter of their lives.
Rosaleen was devout in her faith, and lived it each day - always helping anyone in need. She taught her children to be honest, humble, and kind in all things - to cherish family and enjoy simple things. The smell of salt air in the summer, finding shapes in the clouds, a sparkling full moon on a crisp winter night, the first robin of spring, and always, always a good song.
Funeral services will be Friday February 3, 2017, at 9:30AM from the NEWKIRK & WHITNEY FUNERAL HOME, 318 Burnside Avenue, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial 10:30AM at Our Lady of Peace Church, 370 May Road. Burial will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery, 930 Burnside Avenue, all in East Hartford. Visiting hours at the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home are Thursday February 2, 2017 from 4PM-7PM.
To help celebrate Rosaleen's life, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: the Sister's of St.Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119, St.Judes Children's Hospital, or the charity of your choice. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.newkirkandwhitney.com