Colleen Ann Sullivan, of Mora, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, leaving behind a large community of family and friends. She was 68 years old.
She was born July 17, 1953, to Jerry and Vera Sullivan in Madelia. She grew up in Madelia, as well as in the Minnesota state park system, of which her father was a park manager. She went to high school in Forest Lake. She went to college at Bemidji State to study for her life’s work as a kindergarten teacher. And what a teacher she was, to provide a lesson about the letter “T” she would dress up in striped overalls and engineer’s hat with the letter “T” hidden on her clothing. After having a child learn with Colleen, parents often requested her as a teacher for their next child.
She was proud of her Irish heritage, working the Irish Fair in St. Paul every year. She was also an ardent reader. This included her interest and involvement in the Betsy-Tacy Society. Betsy-Tacy books are children’s books based in Mankato, and reminded her of much of her childhood. She participated in many facets of the society including exchanging Christmas ornaments, volunteering at several conventions and her gift of gab made her ideal as an impromptu tour guide at the Betsy-Tacy sites in Mankato.
She was a dedicated member of the Ogilvie Catholic church, St. Kathryn’s. She was involved with her community and was proud of all the students she taught in her 40ish years of working as a teacher. She was also a committee member to organize the Sullivan/Hale family reunion. At these reunions she was in her element; talking, organizing and loving every family member who showed up.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry, and sister, Ann.
She is survived by her mother, Vera; sons, Reece (Mikie) and Brendon (Jesslayn); grandchildren, Kiwa, Kai and Teagan; brother, Mike (Judy) and sisters, Jean (Ron) and Patty Jo (Ken); as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was especially supported by a tight circle of dear friends and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church in Ogilvie with Fr. Derek Wiechmann officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and again one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Colleen with a donation to the Ogilvie St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church or the Betsy-Tacy Society in Mankato. Arrangements are by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home, Mora MN. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.