, Salem, MA

May 13, 2013

Joanne (Sullivan) Parent, 57

Salem — Mrs. Joanne (Sullivan) Parent, 57, of Salem, beloved wife of Richard J. Parent, died Thursday morning at Salem Hospital following an extended illness surrounded by her family.

Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Salem Fire Chief Joseph “Sully” Sullivan and the late Louise (Grasso) Sullivan. She was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School.

Mrs. Parent had been employed in both the early childhood education field and the heath care industry. Most recently she was employed as a care manager at Sunrise Senior Living of Peabody until the time of her illness.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Joanne truly relished spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, yet family was paramount in her life. She will be remembered for her quick wit and smile, her loving and caring nature, and her devotion to her family. She will be deeply missed.

In addition to her loving husband of 39 years, Joanne is survived by her daughters, Christine Gross and her husband, Jason, of Danvers, Amy Parent of Salem, and Kimberly Wilson and her husband, David, of Salem; her grandchildren, Alyza Carrion and Gabriella Carrion and Gavin Gross; her sisters, Shirley Sullivan of Salem, Janet Sullivan Roos and her husband, Christopher, of Topsfield, and Joyce Sullivan and her husband, Jon Klingensmith, of Topfield; and several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq. (at Salem Common), Salem, Tuesday, May 14, at 9 a.m. followed by her funeral Mass in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Salem/Peabody line, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Monday, May 13, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Joanne’s Memory to the North Shore Medical Center Cancer Walk, c/o Development, 81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit