Kathleen Ann Sullenberger

November 28, 1943 - January 28, 2024
Kathleen Ann Sullenberger

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Kathleen Ann Sullenberger, age 80, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024, surrounded by her loving family after suffering through Alzheimer’s and Dementia for several years.   Born on November 28, 1943, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Kathleen’s life was marked by her unwavering dedication to her faith, family, and friends.

Kathy grew up as part of a large and joy-filled Italian Catholic family. After graduating from St. Justin’s Catholic High School, she attended Robert Morris School of Business.  Upon receiving her degree, Kathy began her career as a secretary in the Engineering Department of the University of Pittsburgh where she met her future husband, Mark.

Kathy and Mark were married in October of 1972 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, and were blessed to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2022.  Kathy welcomed their son, Michael Thomas, a few years after her marriage and had the privilege of becoming a stay-at-home mom.  In 1976, they moved to East Liverpool, Ohio, and their daughter, Mary Elizabeth, was born the next year. Kathy faithfully served her family and friends throughout her life as she actively volunteered in the community, at school, and at her church.

Kathy had the joy of holding her first grandchild in 2003, and five more followed after that. She selflessly gave of her time and love to help both Michael and Mary Beth’s families as they navigated several challenging medical diagnoses.  “Nonni” was a source of  joy and love – often in the form of homemade pancakes – and a constant prayer warrior for her grandchildren.

Kathy’s Italian heritage was evident in many aspects of her life, including her devotion to Jesus, the Blessed Mother, and the Rosary.  She placed great importance on family gatherings and the ability to heal hurts through serving others.  Sunday dinners – including homemade “sauce”, dessert, and an ever-percolating coffee pot – were a regular occurrence in her home, and anyone who entered felt loved and welcomed.  One person felt so loved that she actually moved in, became Catholic, and later joined the family as her daughter-in-law!

Kathy loved to travel and coordinated trips around the country with friends before getting married.  She kept her love of travel alive with her family by planning yearly vacations both in and outside the United States.  She especially loved visiting bookstores, was an avid reader, and passed that love to her children.  She also ensured her children grew up with a love of nature, history, and the Catholic Faith.

Kathy was a dedicated member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church (now Holy Trinity).  Her faith, which played an integral role in her life, guided her through both joyful and challenging times.  Kathy is preceded in death by her parents Mildred Popello and William Thomas.

Kathy leaves behind her loving husband, Mark Sullenberger, who was her rock and steadfast support throughout her life.  Kathy will be deeply missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Karyn Sullenberger, and her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Beth and Andy Staub, all of Westfield, Indiana.  Additionally, she will be missed by her adoring grandchildren, Elizabeth (“Ellie”), Lydia, and Josephine Sullenberger and Elayna, Nicholas, and Adelaide Staub, and extended family and friends.

Services to celebrate Kathleen’s life will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024. Visitation hours will take place from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Martin Chapel of Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists in Calcutta, Ohio. A Funeral Mass will follow at 1:00 pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Liverpool, Ohio, officiated by Father Leo Wehrlin. Kathleen will be laid to rest at Columbiana County Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions in honor of Kathy may be made to either: Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, where two of her children attended college.  https://giving.franciscan.edu/give-now/  or Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Mark and Kathy’s church. https://holytrinityelo.org/


Visiting Hours

Care Funeral & Cremation ~ Martin Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Ave.
  • Friday, February 2, 2024
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Funeral Mass

Friday, February 2, 2024
1:00 PM

Holy Trinity Parish - Directions
5th Street
East Liverpool, Ohio 43920

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  • February 03, 2024
    Roxie HARSHA says:
    I have just learned of Kathy's passing. She was a sweet and caring neighbor. I am sorry to learn this, Mark and her children. Roxie Harsha

  • January 31, 2024
    Ed LaNeve says:
    We are saddened to learn of Kathleen's passing. Mark, you have inspired all of us by the care, devotion, and love you displayed every week as you brought Kathleen to Mass. Thank you for showing us what true love looks like as we suffer the effects of age. Rest in peace, Kathleen.