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Barbara Sullivan

d. June 1, 2015

Barbara J. Sullivan, 61, of rural Dahinda died at her home on Monday, June 1, 2015.  Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 5th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Private Inurnment will take place in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sheffield.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Barbara Sullivan Memorial Fund to be used for Animal Welfare or St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Sheffield is assisting the family with arrangements.

Barb was born June 20, 1953 in Kewanee, IL the daughter of John F. and Donna (Coggins) Sullivan.  She graduated from Western High School, Buda in 1971 and then from Northwestern University, Evanston.  Barb also received her Master Degree from University of Illinois at Springfield.

Barb started her career in the Milwaukee VA Hospital, and later worked for many years in Springfield, IL.  During her tenure in Springfield she served as President of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association, and held other leadership positions in the organization, as well.

In 2012, Barb accepted a position with Heartland Health Care in Galesburg, IL, and moved to Oak Run.  Closer to family and the lake she loved.  Barb enjoyed many wonderful days in the sun with family, friends, and her dogs – Josie and Bear.

Barb had a very strong Faith and often shared how blessed she felt with her life.  She loved her close-knit Irish family dearly, and was greatly loved by them in return.  The unconditional love and support she gave to all of her family and friends will be greatly missed.

Barb is survived by four sisters, Connie (Dave) Hahne, Sheffield, Linda (Duane) Rakestraw, Geneseo, Diane Sullivan, Downers Grove, IL and Jennifer Sullivan, Placitas, NM; a brother, Patrick (Eileen) Sullivan, Kewanee; nieces and nephews, Katie (Brett) Johnson, Abby (Jason) Brokaw, Ted Hahne, Melissa (Christian) Jackson, Cassandra (Matthew) Douglas, Ty (Melissa) Rakestraw, and Dylan Rakestraw.  Also surviving are four great nieces and nephews, Coggin Johnson, Ellie Jackson, Sully Jackson, and Kennedy Rakestraw and an aunt, Fran Larson, Sheffield.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Thomas.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Barb’s obituary at

Charitable donations may be made to:

Barbara Sullivan Memorial Fund C/O Patrick Sullivan
1510 New St., Kewanee IL 61443

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