Harriett L. Sullivan, 93

Harriett L. Sullivan, age 93, peacefully died in her home in Grafton on July 16, clinging, as her favorite hymn says, to the old rugged cross. For the last six years, she has been lovingly cared for by her live-in nurse and “earthly angel,” Natasha Waxstein.

Harriett was born and raised in Elbow Lake, Minn., and moved to Milwaukee in the early 1940s. She worked there during World War II. On June 14, 1947, she married James S. Sullivan. They moved to Cedarburg in the early 1950s, where they raised their six children.

Her calling in life was to be a wife and mother and she did that extraordinarily well. Helping Jim to look and be his best, she blessed her family with a legacy of love, faith and kindness, as well as moose stew and garbage can dessert.

Those who knew her will remember her optimism, strength, patience and perseverance. A woman with a great sense of style, she was quickly spotted anywhere as the lady with the hat. As her family matured, she volunteered as an activities aide at Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg.

In 1985, Harriett and Jim moved to Eagle River and spent their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Their 10 years of retirement were some of the best, finally having more time to spend with each other. They opened both homes to friends and family alike. After Jim’s death in 1995, she moved to Grafton to be closer to her family. She joined Grace Lutheran Church and loved making quilts for missions. Her family, who will deeply miss her, include Terrance (son) and Jill Sullivan, Bridget (daughter) and Bert Meissner, Katrena Jacobs (daughter), Colleen Sullivan (daughter), and Maureen (daughter) and Jim Behnke. She was preceded in death by Minna Sullivan (daughter). She also leaves behind grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Patrick, Jennifer, Timothy, Sarah, Nicole, Jim, Logan, Conner and Grace, as well as more than half a dozen great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted and given to her caregiver, Natasha. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 715 Sixth Ave. in Grafton, A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. All are invited to join the family for fellowship, coffee and dessert after the service.

Private interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.

“Goodnight, Mom, God bless, sweet dreams, see you in the morning!”