Colleen, age 45 of South Minneapolis died unexpectedly as a result of a heart attack on June 4, 2013. Survived by husband, Sean; daughter, Brenna; parents, Robert & Frances Sullivan and in-laws Janice & Michael Carey; brother, Patrick Sullivan and brother and sister-in-law Steven and Jennifer, and many other loving relatives and friends.
Colleen was born and grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated from East Catholic High School and maintained many close friendships even as her life took her away from her home town. She received her bachelor's degree in advertising from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she met her husband Sean. She attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design following college and when she married, moved to Minnesota living first in Cottage Grove and then Minneapolis.
Colleen and Sean were blessed with the birth of daughter Brenna, who was ever the focal point of Colleen's life. Colleen cherished every moment with her family, taking part in many school activities and organizations and devoting her time and energy to Brenna's love of music and the violin.
Colleen's generosity and love of others was central to her life. Through her many years working with children as a nanny, daycare provider and Montessori Day teacher she touched the lives of many children and families. Colleen worked as a paramedic for several years helping to save lives and bring comfort to those in need, but ultimately returned to her work with children, which was her true love.
Colleen's other passions included a deep love of animals, travel and reading. She relished a house full of pets - dogs, cats, horses, fish, rabbits, rats and hamsters were a big part of her life and shared in her love. With her friends and family she enjoyed trips all over the U.S. and abroad. Some of her best memories were of vacationing in Rome and Mexico, skiing in the north east or the Rocky Mountains, spending time with family at the beach in Florida or Rhode Island and exploring cities like New York, Washington DC or San Francisco. Through it all, she was rarely without a book near to hand. In the last few years of her life alone she read hundreds of novels, often poring through one in a single day.
Colleen's family and her many friends will always remember her energy and optimism, and how she always had time to listen and help without judgment or criticism. Her warmth and her grace, her open and loving heart have touched so many people and will stand forever as her greatest legacy.
Funeral Service Friday 11 AM at 1st Evangelical Free Church, 5150 Chicago Ave. So. Visitation Thursday 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Home, 5801 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis and 1 hour prior to service at church. Memorials preferred to the Brenna Carey Education Fund.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612 861 6088