Aileen “Patty” Sullivan

Aileen “Patty” Sullivan passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014, surrounded by her children. Born 1929 to James E. and Anne Kehoe Smith, she was raised on State Street and attended Saint Columbus High School in Schenectady. Patty graduated New Rochelle College and married Doctor Robert L. Sullivan in 1951. They raised five children and she taught them how to golf, ski, sing, laugh, and behave at the seven-sided dinner table.

Patty had a love for life, including summers spent at the Great Sacandaga Lake where she spent her childhood. She was a longtime member of the Mohawk Golf Club, played competitive bridge regularly, loved curling, and traveled worldwide to visit her children. Patty especially enjoyed sports, whether watching with a drink or playing on the links. She finally had a hole-in-one after decades of golf and quaffed some stranger’s “Smitticks” beer to celebrate!

Patty was predeceased by her husband, Sully; sisters, Anne Marie Ruddy, Sandra Quinn; and brother, Jimmy Smith. She is survived by her sisters, Maureen Smith and Vyvian d’Estienne; as well as her children, Kerry and Kate of Park City, Utah, Sean of Mayfield, Kevin and Paola of St. Augustine, Florida, Trish and Rick Breiling of Sandy, Utah, and Bob and Sue of Draper, Utah. Patty had ten grandchildren and oodles of cousins.

Friends may call on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge Street, Northville. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Northville followed by a celebration of Irish heritage at the Timeless Tavern in Northville.

Internment will be held at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the National Ability Center of Park City ( in honor of her granddaughter, Bridget or the Northville Public Library for her lifelong reading passion.

Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at