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Sullivan, Josephine E. March 20, 1937 - November 18, 2022

Josephine Elizabeth Sullivan (nee McShane) devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, peacefully departed this life on November 18, 2022.

The third of four children born to Peter and Mary Jane (Mullen) McShane on the first day of spring, March 20th, 1937, in Bronx, New York, she was raised in the Clason Point section of the Bronx, and educated at St. Helena High School, graduating in 1955.  After high school, she took an administrative position in the advertising department of McCall’s magazine.

At a Friday night dance sponsored by the local Irish club in the Bronx, she met Edward Sullivan of the Pelham Bay/Country Club section of the Bronx, an engineering student at Manhattan College.  They were married at St. Clare of Assisi Church on January 14, 1961.  Josephine and Ed bought their first home on Rawlins Avenue in the Country Club section of the Bronx in 1963, where she and Ed began raising their five children.

The large family moved to the Crestwood section of Yonkers in the spring of 1973, where the family became longtime members of Annunciation Parish and the children enrolled in the Annunciation School.  An avid cook who liked to ensure that her children were well fed, she was up each morning to serve everyone breakfast, often cooking a hearty meal of omelets, pancakes or French toast.  During the lunch break, the children walked home to full lunches to be quickly eaten in a 20 minute window. Despite being first generation Irish-American, she developed the skill, known throughout Crestwood, for delicious homemade Sicilian pizza every Friday night.

Rarely one to waste a day around the house, she would often spend her afternoons visiting her beloved parents or sister, Katherine McKay (Herbert) of Woodlawn.  She was extremely close to all her nephews and nieces, whether they called her Aunt Josie or Aunt Josephine, and in her later years she was always ready to provide an available bedroom in her otherwise empty nest to any of her nephews, nieces, and their families visiting the Crestwood area or just stopping over in route to another destination.

Josephine was a noted dog lover until her very last day, who would strive to make sure any unattached dog she might come across would find a loving home.  Beyond placing a stray with her brother, or convincing a neighbor to take on the pet of someone moving away, she often would take the unclaimed pooch into her own home (usually to the joy of her children and over Ed’s exaggerated protestations), where the dog would enjoy a long life of attachment to Josephine.

Always a woman of deep faith, her devotion to the Lord only deepened in her later years.  As a Eucharistic minister, she was privileged to be able to offer the Blessed Sacrament to her housebound friends and relatives, and especially to share the Eucharist with Ed.

Above all, Josephine was unconditionally devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and grandchildren.  She and Ed were married for nearly 62 years, and were able to share their last years together in her Crestwood home.

Josephine was predeceased by her parents and siblings (Michael, Katherine and Peter) her daughter, Baby Mary Sullivan, and her granddaughter, Alison Sullivan.  She is survived by her husband, Ed; daughters Mary Jane Michalak (Joseph) Jennifer Rose (Matthew); sons Danny (Kathryn), Peter (Alexandra), and John (Oleida); grandchildren Matthew Sullivan (Ryann), Terrence Michalak (Cameron), Denis Michalak (Courtney), Elena Sullivan, Maggie Sullivan, Julia Michalak, Jacques Sullivan, Joseph Michalak, Andrew Sullivan, David Sullivan, Emma Sullivan, Kiera Rose and Lilianna Rose; great-grandchildren Nolan Michalak, Connor Sullivan, Charlotte Michalak, and Rory Sullivan.

In lieu of flowers, Josephine had asked that donations be sent to the Ave Philomena Project, https://avephilomena.com/, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2


Calling Hours: 3 to 7pm, Monday, November 21, 2022

Mass: 11 am, Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Annunciation Church, Crestwood

In Lieu of Flowers: Josephine had asked that donations be sent to the Ave Philomena Project, https://avephilomena.com/, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2



  1. REPLY
    Montagne ecuer says

    I didn’t know her, I read the obituary and it confirmed what I thought, a kind and loving woman. Peter, your kindness is her legacy!
    May she rest in peace ! Sincere condolences to her family!

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    McNamara says

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, I just saw the notice. Prayers for whole family.
    JoAnn & Bill McNamara

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