OBITUARY

Dee Sullivan

March 24, 1929May 2, 2018
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Dolores Ann Sullivan (nee' Heideman) 89, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Dee was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years, Jack J. Sullivan; loving mother of Craig (Suzanne), Chris, Mark, and Mike Sullivan; cherished grandmother of Erin (Steve) Dueck, Ryan (Kristen), Kevin, Katy, Kary, Kristen, and Tim Sullivan; proud great grandmother of Jakob, Owen, Eli, and Zane Dueck and Reagan and Carson Sullivan; dear daughter of the late Melville and Carrie Heideman.

Dee had a contagious smile, a sharp sense of humor, was an awesome cook, and an excellent seamstress. Nothing made her happier than being with her family.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 10, from 10:00am to 11:30am at Kriegshauser West Mortuary 9450 Olive Blvd., 63132, with the Funeral Service to commence at 11:30am. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dee's memory to the Alzheimer's Association are greatly appreciated. To leave a fond memory of Dee, please click on the "Share a Memory" link below.

  • FAMILY

  • Melville Miller Heideman, Father
  • Carrie Louise (nee' Weiser) Heideman, Mother
  • Jack J. Sullivan, Husband
  • Craig (Suzanne) Sullivan, Son
  • Chris Sullivan, Son
  • Mark Sullivan, Son
  • Michael Sullivan, Son
  • Erin (Steve) Dueck, Granddaughter
  • Ryan (Kristen) Sullivan, Grandson
  • Kevin Sullivan, Grandson
  • Katy Sullivan, Granddaughter
  • Kary Sullivan, Granddaughter
  • Kristen Sullivan, Granddaughter
  • Timothy Sullivan, Grandson
  • Jakob Dueck, Great Grandson
  • Owen Dueck, Great Grandson
  • Eli Dueck, Great Grandson
  • Zane Dueck, Great Grandson
  • Reagan Sullivan, Great Granddaughter
  • Carson Sullivan, Great Grandson
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Craig Sullivan
  • Chris Sullivan
  • Mark Sullivan
  • Mike Sullivan
  • Ryan Sullivan
  • Kevin Sullivan
  • Tim Sullivan
  • Bruce Bauer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, May 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Mike Sullivan

May 9, 2018

Mom. you were a true treat. Dad worshipped you more than any person could, and there was never a day go by, that he told me how much he loved you. We all did, but it wasn't until later in life, that I really got to understand why Dad adored you so much. You were just as cute as a button, your witty and sarcasm were a delight, and that beautiful smile of yours.

Mom, I will sorely miss our 3 to 4 times a week visits, which I told you were our special lunch dates, which you made you giggle when I said it. So every time I pass the Jack in the Box, for those tacos you loved so much, or the Pizza Hut for your Thin Crust Supreme pizza, I will be seeing you in their windows. It was a pleasure to watch over you.

Love your devoted son,

Mike

Judy Litty (Weiser)

May 8, 2018

I have so many fond memories of Dee. My folks, Rex & Gladys Weiser, lived with Dee's folks for a while during the depression. They loved Dee, Mel & Ruby. We all had a ball when we got together. Dee was always up for some fun. She had a beautiful smile and was always happy. My blessings to the family. There is comfort in knowing how special Dee was to so many people.
Jack & Judy Litty

Gloria Heideman Davis

May 7, 2018

Aunt Dee I can see your smile still.
You will never be forgotten
For though we are apart
You are always and forever alive within my heart.

I will see you again but for now I see your smiling face and can hear your great laugh.

Love Gloria Jean

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Biography

      When Dee Sullivan walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who she was and how she impacted those around her. Dee was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if she wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Dolores Ann was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

       Dee was the daughter of Melville and Carrie Heideman. She was raised in Coffeyville. Always at the ready with good feeling sarcasam, as she grew up to be quite a humorous person.

      Dee was raised with two siblings. She had one older sister, Ruby, and one older brother, Mel. She was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, she was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served her well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Dee was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Dee was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other activities. Dee also took part in high school drum corp.

      During her high school years, Dee responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Field Kinley in 1946. She was a very good student, and did well in her courses. Her favorite class in high school was home econonmics. She also was the Homecoming Queen her senior year.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Dee was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. In her early years of being married in Coffeyville, some of her best friends were Jack and Verna Hollyfield, Bob and Pat Tyrell. She became friends in Downers Grove, IL with Bill and Phylis Moore, Terry and Mary Hoff, and Dan and Julie Murray. When she moved to Wentzville, MO it was with her neighbors Bruce and Linda Bauer.

      On September 22, 1946 Dee married Jack J. Sullivan at at the home of the State of Washington Chief Surpreme Court Justice of Tacoma, Washington. Dolores Ann's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. Dolores Ann was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Dee's parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Her skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. She was blessed with four sons, Craig, Chris, Mark, and Mike. She was also blessed with seven grandchildren, Erin, Ryan, Kevin, Katy, Kary, Kristen, and Tim, as well has six great grandchildren.

      Her primary occupation was being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was employed for 12 years at Wescom in Downers Grove, IL which was later bought by Rockwell and then McDonnell Douglas.

      Because she loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were cooking, crocheting, and sewing. Dee had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Dee's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      She derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so, all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Recreational sports included bowling and playing volleyball, but mostly as something of a sports fan, and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Baseball, Hockey, and Football.

      Dee's favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer. Her favorite vacations were going back to where they were married, being sent to Hawaii for their 50th anniversary, and trips to Lake of the Ozarks,.

      She a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Toby, a Beagle, and Billy, a parakeet., were her best pets. 14 years for Toby, and 5 years for Billy.

      When Dee's retirement finally came in 1982, she handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for her to master. Even in retirement, she continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Dolores Ann Sullivan passed away on May 2, 2018 at Windsor Estates of St. Charles in St. Charles, Missouri from old age. She is survived by her children, Craig, Chris, Mark,and Mike, her grandchildren Erin, Ryan, Kevin, Katy, Kary, Kristen, and Tim, and six great grandchildren. Services were held at Krieghauser West Mortuary and Jefferson Barracks.