Mary Vlastelica Sullivan died on June 15, 2010, in the Galveston home in which she had reared her family and in which she had lived for more than 63 years.
Mary Suzanne Vlastelica Sullivan
Mary was born on October 18, 1915, to Stephen and Ana Doskocil Vlastelica. She grew up in Galveston’s East End. She attended Sacred Heart School and Ursuline Academy, graduating from Ursuline in 1932.
Mary continued her education at Draughon Business School. She worked for American National Insurance Company and the Santa Fe Railroad. She moved to KGBC Radio Station where she worked for 47 years, most, as secretary and office manager.
Two years after the birth of their youngest child, Mary’s beloved husband Pat died. With characteristic strength, Mary took on the jobs of full time parent and breadwinner. She proceeded with joy, energy and stubborn determination, finding time to work, take care of her family and still managing to enjoy her garden as if she were somehow able to find, in the day, more hours than it offered.
Yet, Mary was never in a hurry, never perturbed always ready to listen to someone or to help them. She always had time for God, family, people, animals and plants. A devoted Catholic, a woman of unswerving integrity, her example remains a compass for her children and their children.
Perhaps her secret was that Mary took joy in many little things that are the warp and weft of our lives that some would find a chore. She defiantly had a green thumb and enjoyed tending her yard and garden. She was a great seamstress and made her own clothes and many dance costumes and Treasure Ball costumes and trains. She enjoyed volunteering, preparing dinner, attending Church activities.
Mary actively shared in the lives of her children and grandchildren and great granddaughter, volunteering for dance school, little-league, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, PTA, Kirwin and O’Connell booster clubs and Vacation Bible School. She made cakes for St. Patrick’s Church and various school bazaars.
An active member of long standing of the Galveston Charter Chapter of AWBA, the Treasure Ball Association, KJZT, and the Czech Heritage Singers, Mary also gave time and energy to Ursuline Alumni, St. Patrick Alter Society, Deanery Council of Catholic Women.
Mary was proceeded in death by her parents, Stephen and Ana Doskocil Vlastelica; husband, Patrick James Sullivan; daughter, Lynn Marie Sullivan; and brother, Robert Dipuiccio.
She is survived by daughter, Carol Martorell and husband Charles; son, Patrick Terry Sullivan; sister, Stephania (Honey) Fox; brothers, Dickie Dipuccio and Charles Dipuccio and wife Vivian; grandchildren, Lori Fickessen and husband Keith, Patrick Martorell and wife Deborah, Ryan Sullivan and wife Katherine, Patrick James Sullivan, Conner Stephen Smith; by great granddaughters Katie Suzanne Fickessen and Saskia Ellen Sullivan and by, daughter-in-law, Sally Towler Spann and also by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is thankful to the compassionate caregivers who have been with Mom these last several months Mary Jackson, Martha Ashton and Rosalind Hull.
Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2010, at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick Church with a funeral mass beginning at 3 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Honorary pallbearers include Dr. William McCarron, Louis Frey, Vandy Anderson, and the Rev. Paul Chovanec.
Memorials may be made to your favorite charity or the Galveston Island Humane Society, 5301 Ave. S, Galveston, Tx. 77551.