Ethel Sullivan

LORETTO – Ethel M. Sullivan, 91, of Loretto, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.

Ethel was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Saukville, Wis., daughter of the late Frank and Martha (Saler) Preisler. She graduated from Kingsford High School in 1941, and was a longtime resident of the area.

During World War II, she worked in an ammunition plant in Milwaukee as one of the famous “Rosie the Riveters.” Ethel married Gerald “Larry” Sullivan on Nov. 18, 1944, in Milwaukee, and they spent 69 wonderful years together until Larry preceded her in death last December.

She was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan. Ethel enjoyed baking, sewing, knitting, gardening, picking berries and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.

Ethel is survived by six children, Gloria (Bill) Welch of Iron Mountain, Barbara (Richard) Ginocchio of Marquette, Colleen Povolo of Hermansville, Patrick (Debby) Sullivan of Vulcan, Deborah (David) Brisson of Iron Mountain and Sandra (Christopher) Hess of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; 17 grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) Welch, Christopher Welch, Chad Welch, Michelle (Andrew) Ryan, Sara (Adam) Quiring, Dan (Kathy) Povolo, Jodi (Jamie) Marvin, Vicki (Jamie) Lindholm, Trisha Butterfield, Richelle Sullivan (Mike Robinson), James Sullivan, Andrew Brisson, Ethan Brisson, Ryan Hess (Amanda Michaud), Tylor Hess, Kyle Hess, and Michael Hess; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren; one brother, Carl Preisler of Kingsford; and one brother-in-law, Dale Sullivan of North Carolina.

Ethel was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Libanoff.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Fr. Timothy Ekatitis will officiate.

Burial will be in Dickinson County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in her memory.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the funeral arrangements.