In memory of
Virginia Polk Sullivan
Virginia Polk Sullivan 1928-2017 San Jose Virginia Polk Sullivan, entered into rest in San Jose on February 9, 2017. A native of Los Angeles, CA., "Susie" as she was known all her life, was born in Los Angeles, one of six children born to Isaac Hilliard and Ruth Murphy Polk. The family relocated to San Jose in 1944 when Susie's father was stationed overseas during WWII. In San Jose, she was surrounded by her maternal Murphy relatives, direct descendants of the original pioneers of Santa Clara County. Susie attended and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946. She married William Joseph Sullivan at St. Clare's Catholic Church in 1949, and in May they celebrated 67 years of marriage. A resident of the East Side for over 45 years, she was a faithful parishioner of St. John Vianney Catholic Parish, and tireless volunteer at St John Vianney and Linda Vista elementary schools. Once her children were grown, Susie transitioned into women's clothing sales at J. Silber and later volunteered and served a term as co-manager of The Thrift Box, an all-volunteer auxiliary in Willow Glen that benefits Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Susie was quiet and dignified. She loved all things beautiful, especially music and literature. As a wife, she was loving and devoted. As a mother, she was an outstanding listener and faithful confidant. She enjoyed discussing politics and current events, and taught her children by example to follow national and world events. Susie will be missed by her loving husband, Bill, her six children, William Jr. (Kathy), Michael, Hilary Stephens (Randy), Sally Portman (Bill), Kathleen Allen, and Martin (Martha); ten grandchildren, Kerry Ragno, Ellen Sullivan, Rebecca Stephens, Catherine Stephens, Elizabeth Prohasky, Sarah Portman, Michael Portman, Susan Portman, Evans Allen and Christopher Sullivan, four great-grandchildren, Maeve and Will Ragno and Quentin and Marguerite Marshall. Susie is survived by her brother, I.H (Buck) Polk (Linda) of Santa Clara and her sister Terry Turco. To her numerous nieces and nephews she will always be "Aunt Susie." A Rosary will be said at 10:30 am on Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. Martin of Tours, 200 O'Connor Drive, San Jose followed immediately by a Memorial Mass at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum: http://heritageparkmuseum.org/ , or Lucille Packard Children's hospital: http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/ . View the online memorial for Virginia Polk Sullivan
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