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Margaret M. (Noe) Sullivan, 86, a resident of Haverhill for the past 25 years, died June 12, 2017 at Haverhill Crossings assisted living community, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Boston and raised there in the West End, she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Sebastiana, “Anna”, (Guardino) Noe and the late Carmello Noe. She attended schools in Boston and later Malden, where her family moved when she was a child. A graduate of Boston Teachers College, she received her BA in Education and first worked as an elementary school teacher in the Baltimore, Md. School system.

Mrs. Sullivan was a resident of Wakefield, for over 30 years. Throughout, she was an active and supportive member of St. Joseph’s Parish, and was a longtime substitute teacher at St Joseph’s Grammar School, which all of her children attended. She was a devoted wife to her late husband, William R. Sullivan, Sr., as well as a devoted mother and homemaker for her active family of five children. She enjoyed her membership in the Wakefield Garden Club and the Bear Hill Golf Club, where she learned to play golf and tennis with her husband and countless friends.

Mrs. Sullivan moved to Haverhill in 1992 and continued in her teaching career at St. Joseph’s School there. She was a voracious reader and until recently volunteered in the Friends Shop at the Haverhill Library as a member of the Friends of the Library.

Family was the most important part of Margaret's life. She was held in high regard by all as an accomplished cook and baker, and was especially known for her Sicilian-style pizza, apple pies, chocolate cakes and Italian “Nana Cookies” as well as for the family dinners that she planned and served to her ever-growing family and their friends. She especially looked forward to being part of her family's many weddings, where she enjoyed dancing and celebrating milestones. She bestowed beautiful afghans on each grandchild as he or she left for college and on new babies born into the Sullivan clan and close friends’ families. She was a fan of all Boston Sports teams, especially the Boston Red Sox, as well as of the University of Notre Dame, where several of her children and grandchildren matriculated. She also avidly looked forward to gathering with family and friends to watch New England Patriots' Sunday games. A wintertime resident of Marco Island, Fla. for over 20 years, she also enjoyed her many pet English Springer Spaniels.

Predeceased by her husband, Attorney William R. Sullivan, Sr. in 2012, Margaret will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her five children, including Attorney William R. Sullivan, Jr. and his wife, Attorney Catherine Patrick of Haverhill, Attorney Denis J. Sullivan and his wife Joan of Melrose, and Attorney Richard C. Sullivan and his wife Jean of Indianapolis, Marianne Sullivan Wallach and her husband Andrew S. Wallach III of Mequon, WI, and Dr. Meg Sullivan, and her husband, Dr. Mark Furman, of Sudbury. In addition, by her treasured sister-in-law, Bruna Noe of Stoneham, 20 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, her special cousin Mary Gucciardi of Medford, and several devoted nieces, nephews and cousins, especially from the Nolan and Davis families. She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph and Nicholas Noe and sisters, Josephine Arena and Carmela Corrao.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Margaret’s Life Celebration to be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Plaistow, N.H. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 p.m. in All Saints Church, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Margaret’s name be made to the Friends of the Haverhill Public Library or to the Marie and Robert Patrick Family Scholarship Fund at the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield.
To send a message of condolence to the family or to find directions to the funeral home please visit www.brooksidechapelfh.com.
Published on  June 16, 2017
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