BLACKSTONE- Josephine R. (Wayland) Sullivan, R.N., 90, of Blackstone, MA died Sunday, September 8, 2013. She was the widow of Charles F. Sullivan, Sr., who died May 6, 1989.
Born May 15, 1923, in Rockland, MA, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Margaret (Cullen) Wayland.
Josephine was a graduate of Blackstone High School, Class of 1940 and a graduate of Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1944. She was an American National Red Cross nurse. She was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II; stationed in the Philippines and in Japan during the early occupation. Josephine was assigned to the 334th Station Hospital in Yokohama, and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After being Honorably discharged from the service, she was employed by The Public Health Nursing Association in Woonsocket, RI. She is a charter member of Women in Military Service for America Memorial.
Josephine is survived by one son: Charles F. Sullivan, Jr. and his wife Lu-Ann of Blackstone, MA; two daughters: Elizabeth A. Veit and her husband Steven of Easthampton, MA; and Eleanor Barry of Beverly, MA; six grandchildren: Charles F. Sullivan III and his wife Alicia of Lincoln, RI, Meaghan J. Sullivan of Williamsburg, VA, Patrick C. Sullivan of Santa Monica, CA, Lauren E. Veit of Worcester, MA, Kristen M. Veit, and Kaitlyn S. Veit both of Easthampton, MA. She was predeceased by seven siblings: Hazel Gilleran, Anna Kennedy, Grace Grabbe, Margaret Heffernan, William Wayland, John Wayland, and Viola McGahan and a son-in-law, Michael J. Barry.
Her funeral will be held from The James E. Kellett and Son Funeral Home, 38 Main St., Blackstone, MA at 9:00am Thursday, September 12, 2013 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Paul's Church, St. Paul's St., Blackstone, MA. Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery, Blackstone, MA. Calling hours are Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Sullivan's memory to The Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., Blackstone, MA 01504