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Mary Josephine Reilly Sullivan

Mary Josephine Reilly Sullivan, 93, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2021. Born July 26, 1927, in Errew, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Mary Loftus Reilly and John Reilly. She emigrated from Ireland to the U.S. as a young adult to find new adventures and landed in New York City. She secured a coveted position with AT&T as a switchboard operator in Grand Central Station and loved her time as a working professional for many years.  During her time in New York, she met and married the late Timothy Joseph Sullivan and they embarked on a life together, first in Manhattan, then in Queens and then out to Long Island.  After a number of years, and two children, the family relocated briefly to Texas before settling in Easton. She and Tim spent many happy times there raising their children. Recently, Mary relocated to Allentown to be close to her son Tim. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brothers Thomas Reilly, John Reilly, Patrick Reilly, and sister Nora Reilly Reeves.  Survivors include her children Dr. Teresa Sullivan Dolan (John) of Washington D.C. and Tim Sullivan of Allentown, grandsons Kevin Dolan and Declan Dolan, sisters Ellen Cussen (Ken), Theresa Mulchrone and many nieces and nephews in the U.S., England and Ireland.  

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 9th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Finegan Funeral Home at 4080 William Penn Highway, Palmer, Pa. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church, Easton, Pa. at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10th, with burial immediately following at Gethsemane Cemetery in Easton, Pa. As Mary was a very proud Irish woman, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the name of Mary Sullivan to The Ireland Funds, through their website at https://irelandfunds.org/make-a-gift/ or by phone at 212-689-3100. Though she lived in the U.S. for her adult life, she had the opportunity to return to Ireland on several occasions and was always at home there. Donations can also be made in the name of Mary Sullivan to the Children’s Home of Easton at https://www.thechildrenshome.org/donate.