Joseph Thomas Sullivan, 84, of Cape Girardeau passed away July 26, 2015 at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau.

He was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Richard A and Ida Agusta (Wendell) Sullivan.  He married the love of his life, Marcella “Marcie” Scharenborg on February 15, 1958 at St John’s Catholic Church in Leopold, MO.

Joe was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau, he was a man of great faith and always had his rosary close to his heart.

Joe served his country in the US Air Force from 1950-54.  He was a Staff Sergeant in the air Police.  He worked for Montgomery Ward, Hales Jewelry, Rhea Optical and A. F. Sullivan Tom’s Sales.  Regardless of his place of employment, he was a dedicated and hard worker.

Loving survivors include his wife of 57 years Marcie; a son David (Lori) Sullivan of San Francisco, CA; two daughters, Janice Friedrich of Cape Girardeau and Nancy (Tim) Rickmeyer of Huntsville, AL.

Also surviving are three granddaughters, Molly Friedrich, Mary and Katie Rickmeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William, Wendell, Paul, Warren, Harry and Al Sullivan, two sisters, Elizabeth Hanning and Lee Boos.

Friends may call Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM at St. Vincent De paul Catholic Church.

Funeral service will be Wednesday July 29, at 10:00 at the Church, with the Rev. David Hulshof officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s cemetery in Cape Girardeau, with full military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to:

St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church or Birthright.

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  1. It was with shock and great sadness that I heard about my Uncle Joe’s death. He was my favorite Uncle and my father Harry’s best friend. He always made us laugh and he and Aunt Marcella were such a comfort to me after my father’s passing. He made Dad’s life so much better through his companionship after Dad was left alone following my mother’s death. The last time we visited, he told me I was always included in his prayers and I cannot tell you how much that meant to me. He was kind, gentle and so funny, our loss is Heaven’s gain. I know he is in Heaven making the Angels laugh. With sadness and love, Christine Sullivan, Washington, DC.

  2. Tracie Brey Henry

    So sorry to hear about your Dads passing. I know it will be hard.
    Just wanted you to know I’m thinking about you and the whole family.

  3. Susie and I are sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He used to keep me supplied with the stale peanut butter crackers, which otherwise would have been discarded, that fueled many afternoons of surgery. A soft spoken man as I knew him, his love for his wife always showed through in a way that made everyone feel better about themselves.
    We should all be so fortunate.

    Russ and Susie Felker, Chicago.

  4. Greg Illers

    Sullivan Family-
    When I worked for Warner Lambert I called on Joe at Sullivan Sales. Joe and I shared the same views in politics so it was always enjoyable talking with him! He was such a good person and I am thankful for our friendship. My condolences to the family as they truly lost a wonderful family member! May god bless each of you.

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