Rita M. (Greene) Sullivan

March 31, 2023

Rita Sullivan Obituary

Rita M. Sullivan (Greene) of Braintree, formerly of Milton and Centerville, passed away March 31st after a brief illness.  Born in Boston, she was raised in Dorchester and graduated from Boston Academy of Notre Dame and St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing.  She worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for over 40 years before retiring.  She served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Agatha Church in Milton, St. Thomas Moore Church in Braintree and at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville. 

Rita was the beloved wife of Joe for over 64 years.  She was the mother of Maureen Gemma and her husband Anthony of Milton, Brian Sullivan of Quincy, Kathleen Sullivan of Marshfield, and Matthew Sullivan and his wife Susan of W. Bridgewater.  Sister of Herbert Greene of Quincy, and the late Mary DuBeau, John, William, and Joseph Greene.  She was the daughter of the late Rita (O’Dea) and William, who immigrated to America from Galway and Newfoundland, respectively.  Rita is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Randy Anselmo, Leanne DeCoteau, Donyelle Carmody, Joey Soares-Garey, Caitlin, Jen, Kelly, Meg and Michael Gemma, Sara and Elizabeth Sullivan, and Dan, Ryan and Matt Sullivan, as well as 6 great grandchildren, Camillo, Lauren, Karlee, Chloe, TJ and Thomas.  Rita also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.

Rita was a champion Irish step dancer and loved her Irish heritage.  She took great pride in her nursing career and was a dedicated caregiver.  In her free time, she played tennis and golf and was extremely proud of her hole-in-one.  She spent many happy times on Cape Cod and travelled extensively with Joe.  She was an avid Red Sox fan and loved to go to Fenway to see a game.  She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s many sporting events and other activities.  She loved watching game shows, with Jeopardy as her long-time favorite.  She was a devout Catholic and drew great strength from her faith. 

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Tuesday 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Wednesday morning at 10:30.  Burial Milton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at or The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation at  


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April 4, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home
326 Granite Avenue
Milton, MA 02186

Funeral Mass
April 5, 2023

10:30 AM
St. Agatha Church


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