Roberta Sullivan, 80

Roberta D. (Bobbie) Sullivan, 80, of Forest Park, formerly of Oak Park, died on Sept. 21, 2020. Born on April 13, 1940, daughter of the late John and Nora Dougherty, she was a graduate of St. Luke Grade School, Trinity High School and Rosary College. A retired Chicago public school teacher, she loved family, friends, music, travel (especially Puerto Vallarta), reading, dinners with the “pot-luckers”, old musicals, Blackhawks hockey, slide shows, playing canasta, Lily Lake, margaritas and a good laugh (“A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants.”)

Bobbie Sullivan was the wife of the late Thomas E. Sullivan; the mother of Maura (Paul) Priem; the grandmother of Thomas, Jack and Paul Priem; the baby sister of Norene “Bliss” Gillespie, Mary Eileen “Bunny” Mullins and the late Jack (the late Lois) Dougherty; the aunt, great-aunt and great-great-aunt (aka “Aunt Bobbie,” “Tante,” and “Tia”) of many, many nieces and nephews (blood and “adopted”); and the cousin and niece of many. 

Thanks to the “village” of family, friends and caregivers who provided support, friendship, entertainment and distractions over the past few years, especially the staff of Brookdale and Brookdale Hospice of Oak Park, and her in-home, end-of-life caregivers, Pam W. and Anna W. 

Interment was held on Sept. 25 at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.  

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Thomas E. Sullivan Scholarship Gift Fund, c/o Fidelity Charitable Investments, 920 N. Euclid Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 or Just Live ( are appreciated. 

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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