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Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC

5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

OBITUARY

Sharon Jean Sullivan

November 24, 1950January 4, 2020
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Sharon Jean Sullivan, a long-time employee of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a Washingtonian for more than 40 years, died suddenly Jan. 4 from complications of breast cancer. She was 69 years old. Sharon worked for many years at the IFC, starting as a temp and working her way up to senior finance officer. She was a team leader, focusing on coordination and financial support for multi-million dollar development programs all over the world. Sharon was so valuable to the organization that after her retirement the IFC brought her back as a consultant, a position she held until her passing. Although Sharon was not born in Washington, D.C., she treated it like a native – an avid Redskins fan, invested in national politics, and proud to raise her children in the nation’s capital. Her work and her city were important to Sharon, but she devoted her life to her three children as an active participant in their lives and a humble role model, mentor, confidante, and pillar of the family. Sharon Jean Sullivan was born on Nov. 24, 1950, in Trenton, NJ, and grew up in or near that city. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). She was an only child of Stanley (Stash) and Mary Worek. She is survived by her children, Sean of Washington, D.C., Ryan and his partner, Sarah Dillon, of Austin, TX, and Kathleen and her husband, Mark Barosky, of Boston, MA; and by her husband, Michael Sullivan of Washington, D.C., from whom she was separated.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 10-11 a.m. at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 3630 Quesada St. NW, with services to follow at the church at 11 o’clock. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Sharon Sullivan to support metastatic breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/sharonsullivan

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 9, 2020

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Charlotte Licciardello

January 14, 2020

Family of Sharon Sullivan:

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Sharon. So sorry that I lost touch with her before her passing. My sincere condolences to the family.I have you in my thoughts and prayers. My memories of Sharon are from when we were children at family picnics and other family functions.

Sincerely,
Charlotte.
Daughter of Sophie snd Joseph Tobiasz
Sophie was Sharon’s father’s sister

David Tobiasz

January 13, 2020

Michael and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Sharon. I will always remember picking the red raspberries at her home in NJ and those great polka dances at our family weddings. Rest In Peace Sharon.

Cousin David

Anne Chase

January 8, 2020

Dear Michael, Sean, Ryan and Kathleen,
I was sad to hear of Sharon's death. We had not been in touch for a long time, but I remember her fondly from the time our children were at Saint Paul's and Murch together. She had a great sense of humor and worked hard for her family.
All the best,

Anne Chase (Noel and Thomas Healy's mom)

Jacquelene Anderson-Dade

January 8, 2020

To Sharon's family. Sincere condolences. I worked with her in IFC and recently retired myself. I can remember Sharon's enthusiasm and zest in her work. She was passionate about whatever she got into. I can't imagine what a loss she is to her family. I pray for God's comfort during this time. Blessings and peace to each of you. Jackie

Sid Embree

January 7, 2020

I was sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. I really enjoyed working with Sharon over several years at IFC. She was always positive and full of energy with a "can do" attitude. She also managed to add a personal touch, which conveyed who she was as an individual - kind, caring, full of life. I was thrilled to run into her by chance the last time I was at the IFC offices.

William Donahue

January 7, 2020

No one more lovelier and loving than Sharon, my friend from so many years ago! These have been and are my thoughts today. I 1st met Sharon at TSC and attended her wedding, as she did mine in 1986, which I will always remember. She is such a beautiful and caring woman who impacted my life during and after our college days. I will keep my great memories of Sharon and her beautiful smile near to my heart for the rest of my years and until we meet again. The world has lost a truly wonderful woman! My deepest sympathies and prayers to Sharon's children.

Bill Donahue, Bordentown NJ

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