Diane (Di) Moore Sullivan, 79, formerly of Milford, passed away peacefully April 15, with her daughter by her side, at the Golden Pond Community of Hopkinton.
Diane is preceded in death by her loving husband of 21 years, John (Jack) Sullivan, who passed away in 2010.
Diane leaves her daughter, Tracie Svenson McWade, Tracie’s husband, Paul, and their daughter, Tristan Diane McWade, whom Diane adored with all of her heart, of Milford, two brothers, Jeffrey P. Moore and wife Nancy of Clinton, and Stephen J. Moore and wife Linda of Worcester, and sister-in-law Lois Moore of Worcester. She leaves her dear nieces and nephews, William R. Moore IV, Hilary Doyle, Nathan Moore, and Gregory Moore, Jillian Moore and Griffin Moore (her godson).
Diane is preceded in death by her beloved parents, William R. Moore II and Caroline (Washburn) Moore, her brothers William R. (Terry) Moore III and Gregory Moore, and her nephew Chad Moore.
She also leaves five stepchildren, for whom she cared so much: John J. Sullivan Jr. and wife Annie of Methuen, Scott Sullivan of Chelmsford, Valerie Santos and husband Kenneth of Lowell, Michael Sullivan of Tyngsboro, and Sandra Thurston and husband Donald of Nashua, New Hampshire. She also leaves 19 step-grandchildren: Adam Hughes, Sarah Forde, John J. (JJ) Sullivan, III, Stephanie Delanois, Thomas Sullivan, Matthew Campbell, Timothy Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Taylor Campbell, Cody Campbell, Timothy Sullivan, Hannah Neale, Holly Neale, Nicholas Santos, Cameron Santos, Daniel Santos, Christopher Sullivan, Alex Thurston and Jennifer Thurston, and 12 great-step-grandchildren.
Diane is preceded in death by her stepdaughters Christine Hughes and Sheree Campbell, and her step-granddaughter Jillian Sullivan.
Diane grew up in Worcester as well as Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and lived in Milford for most of the last 30 years. She graduated from North High School in Worcester and the Chandler School for Women in Boston, where she earned an associate degree. She married her ex-spouse who preceded her in death, Orlin S. Svenson.
Diane began her career as a secretary/receptionist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She later joined her brothers Terry and Steve on the staff at Deluxe Check Printers, where she worked for more than 20 years. Diane, who held a strong work ethic, also worked at several other companies until she retired at the age of 72.
Diane and Jack met and married later in life and enjoyed many wonderful memories together and with each of their families.
Diane loved gardening and flowers. She spent years of her life enjoying the sunshine and beaches with Jack, the family and friends in seaside towns including Westport, the Maine communities of Kennebunkport and Wells, and Naples, Florida. Most importantly, she cherished and cared so deeply for the time she spent with Jack, the family and friends.
Diane’s family would like to thank Djenane (Nane) Hanna, Diane’s aide, for the unwavering care she provided to Diane. Nane continuously brought a smile to Diane’s face and will forever be held close in Diane’s daughter’s heart. Diane’s family also would like to thank Brookhaven Hospice and Chaplain Donna Painchaud for her invaluable support and guidance about how the last moments of Diane’s life were so beautiful.
A funeral service was held April 28 at All Saints Church in Worcester, followed by burial at Rural Cemetery, Worcester. Services were under the care of Athy Memorial Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org in memory of Diane Sullivan.
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