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the Obituary of Josephine Caroline Arena “Jo” Sullivan

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Josephine Caroline Arena “Jo” Sullivan
16 Nov 1933 – 10 Mar 2024

Josephine Caroline Arena “Jo” Sullivan Obituary

Josephine Caroline Arena Sullivan, born November 16, 1933, passed at 90 years old following a long illness in Hospice care in Sisters, Oregon on March 10, 2024.

Jo was born and raised in San Francisco, and while working there as a secretary to the Democratic party to elect John F Kennedy, met Raymond Sullivan, the head of the electrical union. They married on August 28, 1964 and welcomed their son, Michael Patrick Sullivan a year later. The family enjoyed many happy years in Daly City, California.

In 1979, the Sullivans left the city for a “wee bit of heaven” at their home in Klamath River Estates. Over nearly 40 years in that community, Jo worked as a medical transcriptionist, court interpreter and as a beloved kindergarten aide in Montague. She was the President of the local RPEA, an enthusiastic Elkette and enjoyed singing in choir with her church.

Following the death of her husband, Jo moved to Bend, Oregon to be closer to her son and his family. She enjoyed 10 full years of busy social life there.

Jo is survived by her son Michael Sullivan (Paula) and grandchildren Nickolas Sullivan, Ellie Cuff (Kevin) and great grandson Leo James Cuff.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Joseph Catholic Church in Yreka, California at 10 am on Tuesday, March 19, with internment to follow at Henley-Hornbook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Josephine would be honored to have contributions made to Boys Towne or to the Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative.

Mass Of The Christian Burial

Tuesday, March 19, 2024


St. Joseph Catholic Church
314 Fourth Street
Yreka, CA 96097

Final Resting Place

Henley-Hornbrook Cemetery
15123 Oregon Road
Hornbrook, CA 96044

source: Girdner Funeral Chapel

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