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1938-2019

Mary Louise Dziak Sullivan, 80, died March 24, 2019 at her home in Milton, Washington surrounded by her family. She was born in 1938 to Emery and Mary Dziak in Anaconda Montana and was one of 8 children.

Mary Lou graduated from Anaconda Central High School in 1956 and married her high school sweetheart, Michael Francis Sullivan at St. Peter’s Church on May 7, 1960. They had 5 daughters and were married 54 years until his death February 14, 2015. His service in the U.S. Air Force took them from Montana to California, Oregon, and Washington finally settling on Camano Island, Washington. Mary Lou spent her career with General Telephone as a traffic supervisor in Kennewick and retired early in 1992 from the Everett, WA office allowing her to spend many years traveling around the world with Mike and their friends.

Mary Lou was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Stanwood, WA until she moved to Milton, WA in 2017 to be closer to her family. At St. Cecelia’s she was active in the faith sharing and grief counseling groups and was a member of the church choir. She loved singing and music, dancing the jitterbug, gardening, traveling, her friends and her family, especially her grandchildren Nicholas and Kacie. She had a special gift for connecting with people and creating new friendships throughout her life, but she always felt her greatest joy was being a mother to her daughters, and others as needed, who found her genuine caring and unique ability to listen more than talk, to be a source of wisdom and support.

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Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Mary Dziak; her brothers John, Frank, and Willie Dziak; and her husband and daughter Mike and Michelle Sullivan. She leaves her daughters Karen (Daniel) Lea of Federal Way, Julie (David) Jacobson of Tacoma, WA, Patti Sullivan of Kennewick, WA, Peggy (Farid) Wassef and grandchildren Nicholas and Kacie of Stouffville, Ontario, and siblings George Dziak, Joe (Anna) Dziak, Harry Dziak, Joanne (Ronald “Bud”) Monroe, and many nieces and nephews.

Hers was a life well-lived, well-loved, and a life that will be deeply missed.

A Rosary will be said April 29, 2019 at 10:30 am at St Martin of Tours Church located at 2303 54th Avenue East, Fife, WA 98424 with a funeral mass immediately following at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Mary Lou in a special way may make donations in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org) or the Leukemia/Lymphoma society (www.lls.org).

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