CALUMET - Martha C. Sullivan, 78, of Calumet, died Thursday, November 14, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family, after a long illness.
She was born in Calumet on December 25, 1934. Martha was the daughter of Samuel and Ida (Tuovila) Hill. She attended the Calumet Public Schools and was then united in marriage to Grant P. Sullivan on September 6, 1954. The couple first resided in the Detroit area for a few years before deciding to return to the Copper Country. Martha was a homemaker to the couples four children before they owned and operated Grant's Bar & Restaurant in Calumet for many years. The couple sold their business and moved to Sarasota, Fla., where they spent several years, before returning to Calumet about 20 years ago. Martha retired from Kmart in Houghton.
The couple celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary prior to Grant's death in 2007. Martha loved reading, agate picking, garage sales and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the National Ev. Lutheran Church in Calumet.
Surviving Martha are her children, Louise (Ken) Kauppinen, Debra (Kevin) Sterner, Kathy (Todd) Liimatta and Grant M. (Carol) Sullivan, all of Calumet; seven grandchildren, Kenny (Amanda), Amy (Craig), Kelly (Andy), Katie, Amber, Todd and Heather; seven great-grandchildren, Tyson, Cameron, Lexi, Connor, Dawson, Aubrey and Brynn; a sister-in-law, Gloria Hill; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, especially, Xena and Callie; and her daughters dog, Maddy, who was a friendly companion for Martha in the months and days before her passing.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her brothers, Leonard, Hubert, Raymond, Henry; and her sisters, Margery Hill, Lenore Korby and Erma Korry.
The funeral service for Mrs. Sullivan will be held privately in the Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet with Pastor Glenn W. Schwanke officiating.
Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson. com.
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