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Diane Sullivan

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 3, 2018 @ 2:21 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 12 Comments

Diane Fay Sullivan, nee Novasio, died June 30, 2018 after a long struggle with COPD. She was born January 24, 1939 in Billings, Montana, the second of seven children born to Mary “Scotty” Scott and Floyd “Pick” Novasio. She graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School and Billings Business College. After a brief secretarial career in Billings, she married her high school sweetheart, J. Timothy Sullivan and moved with him to South Bend, Indiana where Tim finished his degree at the University of Notre Dame. She resumed her secretarial career there until the birth of their first child.

Diane did not work outside of the home again until their third and last child was in college, preferring to concentrate on home making and child rearing through stays in California, Montana, Michigan and Durham.

When her husband left social work, Diane joined him in the practice of massage therapy; first at the Lakewood YMCA, later at their office, Hillandale Massage Clinic. She retired in 2012.

Diane was known for her devotion to her family, her organized/bright mind and her quiet dignity. Underpinning these qualities was a firm religious faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Patricia Budura, and a brother, John. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, J. Timothy Sullivan; sisters JoAnn McAlvey (Gary) of Walla Walla, WA, Beverly Morse (Chuck) of Pacific, WA, Linda Oistad and Susan Busch (Craig) both of Billings, MT; daughters Kathleen Petrizzi (Michael) of Mechanicsville, VA and Colleen Rhymer (Gary) of Jamestown, NC; son Mark Sullivan (Ellen) of Vacaville, CA; and grandchildren Sean, Joseph (Megan) and Mary Petrizzi and Sarah and Ben Rhymer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00Am Friday, July 6, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Mario Gomez O.F.M. presiding. Inurnment will follow in St. Matthew Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 5:00 – 7:00pm Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to Duke Homecare and Hospice.

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Condolence from Elizabeth Allred on July 3rd, 2018 3:05 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. We are as always nearby919 4774371. Liz and Reggie Allred

Condolence from Aunt Joann on July 3rd, 2018 7:39 pm

I love you lots sis, God loved you more and called you home. I will sure miss our telephone calls…
Tim, Kathy, Colleen, and Mark – how blessed you were with sis – lots of love and memories abound. Diane will always be with you.
You all our in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless with angel wings around you.
Aunt Jo ann

Condolence from Kathy Petrizzi on July 4th, 2018 10:06 am

Thank you, Aunt Jo Ann. Wish you could be here. You guys sure had a lot of fun on our beach trips!


Condolence from Aunt JoAnn on July 5th, 2018 5:30 pm

I am there in thoughts and prayers, recalling memories and looking at all the pictures that have been posted over the years.

Would love it if someone could send me several memorial handouts,if there are any extras for sisters….

Love and hugs to all,
Aunt Jo Ann

Condolence from Aunt Joann on July 4th, 2018 6:57 pm

Stopped in to say “hello,” rest in peace. Jesus walk with the family and keep angel wings around them.
Aunt Jo Ann

Condolence from Bob Guzik on July 3rd, 2018 9:54 pm

So sorry to hear of Diane’s passing Please accept my heartfelt sympathies May your many memories of Diane help to sustain you through this difficult time.

Condolence from Fran genovese on July 4th, 2018 7:19 am

I am so sorry for your loss. Keep the wonderful memories close!
Fran Genovese

Condolence from Charles Morrison on July 4th, 2018 11:25 am

Diane shared her amazing maternal instincts with our young family while were young neighbors in Durham.

She and Tim helped with our kids, as did Kathy, Collen and Mark.

Our love and prayers for you all.

Carolyn and Charles Morrison, Wesley and Sunshine.

Condolence from Mick Sulliivan on July 4th, 2018 11:55 pm

You certainly married well brother, and janna and I are thinking of you and praying for you. Kathy, Colleen, Mark, Mike, Gary, Sarah, Ben, Sean, Joe, Mary, I know you are counting your blessings for having such a wonderful mother and grandmother. We love you all and our hearts go out to you all.

Mick and Janna

Condolence from janet pulczinski badura on July 5th, 2018 5:54 pm

Im sorry to hear of the loss of your wife and mother and my aunt. I remember her as a very beautiful lady. prayers to all janet badura

Condolence from Fred Wright on July 6th, 2018 4:38 pm

Saddened to hear of your loss Tim. Diane was a lovely person. But remember, you will be with her again at God’s bidding. God Bless You Both!

Condolence from Frances Foster on July 15th, 2018 5:38 pm

I just learned of Diane’s passing. I first met her at the “Y” for massages, only to learn she lived right down the street from me. She was a lovely, poised lady. My sincere sympathy to the entire family.

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