In Southbury, Sunday March 16, 2008, surrounded by her loving family, Leona Ellen Steinle Sullivan, 88, of Southbury, formerly of North Haven. Wife of the late Daniel M. Sullivan, Mrs. Sullivan is survived by two daughters: Kerry Ellen Sullivan and Tara S. Rickart, both of Southbury; a granddaughter, Marcy Ellen Kelman and her husband Christopher of Monroe; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Josie Kelman and a sister Trudy Wildman and her husband George of Hamden. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Sullivan was predeceased by a son, Leo D. Sullivan and a sister, Willetta Steinle. A daughter of the late Leo Edward and Ellen Ryan Steinle, she was born in Elkhart, IN on July 29, 1919. Mrs. Sullivan graduated from Teachers College in New Britain in 1940. She was a 2nd grade teacher at Ridge Road Elementary School in North Haven for many years. She was a parishoner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church when residing in North Haven. Mrs. Sullivan enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchild and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed life to the fullest and loved to laugh. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, Wed. March 19 at 9:30 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Ave., Hamden at 10 am. Friends may visit with the family Tues. from 5-8 pm. Contributions in Mrs. Sullivan's memory can be made to the Leo D. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund, Notre Dame High School, 24 Ricardo St., West Haven, CT 06516 or to The Lutheran Home of Southbury, 990 Main St. North, Southbury, CT 06488.

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  1. Dear Family. We are so sorry to learn of Leona.s death. Some of us .old timers. remember her with great fondness. She was a very special lady and a dedicated teacher.

  2. Dear Kerry and Sullivan Family- I was so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Julie

  3. Dear Kerry, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. She was my second grade teacher at Ridge Road Elementary School. I have such fond memories of her. Whenever I speak to someone about my days at Ridge Road, I always mention my favorite teacher, Mrs. Sullivan. Please accept my sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Karen Moriarty Senes

  4. Dear Kerry, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting your mother, I have heard so many wonderful stories over the years that I have known you — she sounded like so much fun! And she raised such a close, loving family. Please accept my most sincere condolences. With love, Ellen

  5. Dear Kerry, It was so sad to hear of your Mother’s passing. I am so glad you have such an extended family to give each other comfort. I know what a great loss it was for you. I will be thinking of you all and send you my deepest sympathy. Love, Margaret

  6. Dear Kerry, My heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this sad time. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that your mother must have felt greatly loved and that she had a rich and full life. With love, Floyd

  7. Dear Kerry, So sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. I only knew how you cared for her, but now, I know what a great and fun lady she was. May she rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. With love and hugs, Rodica

  8. Dear Kerry, Terry joins me in sending our most sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and warmest wishes are with you.

  9. Dear Kerry: Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May the Easter promise of love and redemption comfort you all.

  10. Dear Kerry: Please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of your mother. After all of the wonderful stories you have told of her energetic and kind spirit, I was not surprised to see the warmth and character that are so evident in the picture on this website. It is a difficult loss, and all of us here are thinking of you. Sending hugs and best wishes, Louisa

  11. Dear Tara & Kerry (and all the family): My deepest sympathies for your loss – I remember when I would talk with your mother when I was .sitting. – she made me laugh, and was so proud of her family, who she loved so much. I’m sorry I can’t be with you at this time, but know that my thoughts and wishes are with you all – Tara, let me know if there is anything I can do for you – Love to you all- Sue D.

  12. Dear Tara, Kerry, & Sullivan Family: May God Bless Mrs. Sullivan, you, and her entire family. Everyone has a good story about .Mrs. Sullivan.. You are a gift from God. .Love, love, love..

  13. I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to the Sullivan family. May a lifetime of wonderful memories give you and your family strength in the days ahead. On a personal note, I still recall many fond memories of Mrs. Sullivan as my 2nd grade teacher — she was by far, my favorite. She was one of those teachers that you never forget. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ray Morris (formerly of Vista Road, North Haven)

  14. I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to the Sullivan family. May a lifetime of wonderful memories give you and your family strength in the days ahead. On a personal note, I still recall many fond memories of Mrs. Sullivan as my 2nd grade teacher — she was by far, my favorite. She was one of those teachers that you never forget. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ray Morris (formerly of Vista Road, North Haven)

  15. Kerry, Tara and Marcy, I was so saddened to hear of Aunt Leona’s passing. I will always remember her bright smile and kind and gentle manner. She was just such a wonderful person. May all of the special memories that you have of her bring you peace. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Karen Sullivan Oros

  16. Kerry: So sorry to hear about your mom. She sounds like a great lady. I’m sure you all were a great comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mark

  17. Leona Ellen Steinle Sullivan will be always in my prayers as I thank her for having raised two extraordinary daughters, one of whom I have the privilege of knowing as a friend and treasured colleague. My admiration of the Sullivans is boundless and I hope that the memory of their mother will give them strength always. Much love – Inge

  18. Tara & Kerry, Candy and I would like to express our condolence on the passing of your mother, Leona. No matter how ill or how old, the losss of a parent is stiil a painful loss. I will remember and miss your mothers chanting moments in the cafateria. When we first met your mom, Candy & I got a chuckle when I was asked, if I was married. I was thrilled to think someone would consider making a pass at me.

  19. Tara, Kerry & Family Our deepest condolences go out to you all. It was such a pleasure to watch her at some of the LHS events. We will miss you all at the Lutheran Home. Donna,Paul & Tess Dube

  20. To all of the sullivan family, I am sorry for the loss of your mother. she gave us all memories of her at the lutheran home. she made us all laugh, and she was a very happy person. she will be missed.

  21. Treasured memories of yesterday’s family reunion’s, a boy could not have had more aunts, uncles and cousins than I! Aunt Lee’s smile and kindness toward me always remains clear. God bless you, Steve Kosinski

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