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Ruth A. Sullivan

April 8, 1930 — August 3, 2021

Ruth A. Sullivan

Ruth A. (Rogers) Sullivan, 91, of the Plantsville section of Southington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at the HOCC of New Britain. She had been the loving wife of the late Donald W. Sullivan Sr. for nearly 50 years. Ruth went to Heaven on the same day as her great-granddaughter and namesake, Bridget Ruth.

She was born in Waterbury on April 8, 1930 to the late Arthur and Mary (Opalak) Rogers and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Class of 1948. Ruth met the love of her life, Donald, at the Lake Compounce dance hall and continued dating while he was overseas serving in the Korean War. Before starting her family, she worked at Scovill Mfg. in Waterbury for several years.

Ruth centered her life around faith and family. She loved music and movies, trips to the casino, watching Yankees games, attending sporting events, swimming, camping, gardening, traveling and antiquing. She also had many hobbies including crocheting, sewing and playing games including crossword puzzles, Scrabble, solitaire and setback. She also followed politics closely, read newspapers and watched the daily news. She was very charitable, supporting the American Heart Association and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Most of all she loved her family and created a unique bond with every child, grandchild and great-grandchild.

Ruth is survived by her children: Donald Sullivan Jr. and wife Shelagh of Rhode Island; Tara Morrison of Southington; Arthur Sullivan and wife Patricia of Southington, Stephen Sullivan and wife Diane of Rhode Island, Marty Sullivan and wife Alison; Warren Sullivan; Philip Sullivan; David Sullivan and wife Mandy, all of Southington, and Eve Sullivan of Greenwich. She was so loved by her 19 grandchildren: Donald, Christopher, Rory, Zachary, Cale, Shannon, Artie Jr, Stephen Jr, Ashley, Corey, Melissa, Molly, Emily, Sarah, Abigail, Veronica, David Jr, Samantha and Taylor and her 16 great-grandchildren; Madelyn, Charles, James, Lillian, Claire, Elle, Lincoln, Daphne, Virginia, Gabby, Maya, Blythe, Dorothy, Thomas and Henry. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Rogers Sr. and his wife Mary Lou of Middlebury, her close cousin, Janice Brouillard and her husband Jerry of Waterbury and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Barton Sullivan and brother, Arthur Rogers Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021 from the Plantsville Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St, Plantsville. Burial will follow in South End Cemetery, Southington. Calling hours will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at the Plantsville Funeral Home. For online condolences and directions, please visit

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