Mary J. Sullivan
Independence – Mary J. Sullivan, 85 years old of rural Independence, IA, died Sunday, December 13, 2020, at Grandview Health Care Center in Oelwein, IA, from natural causes.
Graveside services and burial were at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 19, 2020, at Cedar Crest Cemetery, Jesup, IA.

Visitation was 4–6 p.m., Friday, December 18 at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA. Masks and social distancing were required at both services. A live stream of the graveside service was available via the American Lutheran Church, Jesup, IA, Facebook page. Memorials may be directed to the American Lutheran Church, Jesup, IA. Online condolences may be posted at

Mary was born February 11, 1935, in Mediapolis, IA, the daughter of Albert C. Peterson and Ada (Cling) Peterson. She graduated from Mediapolis High School with the class of 1953. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and received a teaching certificate and taught school in Aplington and Van Horne, IA, before her marriage. On June 3, 1956, she was united in marriage to Thomas Patrick Sullivan in Mediapolis. Mary became a farm wife and homemaker. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Jesup. When possible in earlier years, she was active in church choir, card club and bowling league, and had helped with the county census three different times.

Mary is survived by three sons, Steve Sullivan of Oelwein, IA, Richard Sullivan of Abbotsford, WI, David Sullivan of Oelwein, IA; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Don (Eve) Peterson, John (Margie) Peterson, Howard (Phyllis) Peterson and Dean (Rosalin) Peterson.

Her parents; husband; one granddaughter, Andrea Sullivan; one grandson, Bryan Sullivan; one sister, Ruth McNeal; and one brother, Ralph Peterson, preceded her in death.

White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA was in charge of the arrangements.
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